Functional Analysis with the ACT Matrix across Contexts: From Individuals to Groups to Organizations


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Title: Functional Analysis with the ACT Matrix across Contexts: From Individuals to Groups to Organizations

Presented By: Stuart Libman, MD

LIVE Webinar Date: Friday, September 25, 2020

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: Video closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar:  Closes: 10/5/20  at 11:59pm eastern


Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) has undergone progressive transformation over the course of the past decade from clinical to administrative functions and has become a method of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) via the use of the Matrix.
The Matrix is a diagrammatic form of ACT that can be used as a procedure (“Matrix’ing”) for conducting functional analyses. By widening our lens of inquiry from individuals to groups, “Matrix’ing” becomes a procedure for analyzing operational effectiveness within groups of varying complexity and then for deriving strategies to promote Organizational Flexibility.

These group analyses can be further enhanced through an approach known as Prosocial that combines the ACT Matrix with the Core Design Principles (CDPs) of Successful Organizations for which Dr. Elinor Ostrom won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics ( After “Matrix’ing” is conducted at individual and group levels within an organization, attention then can be directed to exploring the additional benefit derived from incorporating the CDPs into completing the analysis and formulating a plan of intervention.

This presentation will demonstrate this progression in functional analysis from individuals to groups to organizations by introducing the procedure of “Matrix’ing;” by describing Prosocial and the CDP’s; and by illustrating applications with examples drawn from various organizational contexts.



Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to identify the two axes of the Matrix and specify the question that accompanies each of its four quadrants.
  •  Participants will be able to specify how positive and negative reinforcement are reflected in a Matrix-based functional analysis.
  •  Participants will be able to identify the changes necessary to engage in “Matrix’ing” with groups rather than with individuals.
  • Participants will be able to list Ostrom’s Core Design Principles of Successful Organizations.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Stuart Libman, MD is a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, with further sub-specialization in Sports Psychiatry. After graduating from the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, he completed training in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. He works as the Medical Director of the PLEA School Based Partial Hospital Program (SBPHP). This program, located in Pittsburgh, serves a referred population of children and youth with diagnoses on the Autistic Spectrum. Both the educational and mental health components of the SBPHP are grounded in principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in such forms as Precision Teaching (PT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT).

Dr. Libman has been recognized as a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He has experience providing training, executive coaching and organizational consultation with school districts, law firms, hospitals, business corporations, universities and sports teams. He has presented at such conferences as the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the International Precision Teaching Conference, the Annual Convention of Applied Behavior Analysis International, and the World Conference of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science on topics ranging from a Developmental Framework for Adult Participation in Youth Sports, to a Psychiatric Perspective on ABA as Precision Teaching and ACT, to ACT and Prosocial Workshops, for audiences in these as well as other professional settings.

The presenter discloses they serve as the Medical Director at PLEA, an organization that will be mentioned during this event. Dr. Libman receives speaker fees for presenting at ABAC.


11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:30 pm: 10 minute break
12:40 pm: First Q&A session
12:50 pm: Webinar resumes
1:45 pm: Second Q&A session
2:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 3 CEUs* (Learning)
Psychologists earn 3 CE Hours*

Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes

  • CEs not available for other professions

*CE for viewing Live or Recording

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