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Relational Frame Theory as the Clinical Stepping Stone: Laying the Path to Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Interventions


This workshop includes a presentation (live and available via recording) and an asynchronous self-paced reading activity*

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Event Information

Presented by: Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Live: 08/12/2022  | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

The recording of all ABAC Live events are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks.
Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.

The recording will close on 8/26/22 at 11:59 pm Eastern.


The evaluation data from a recent session of Dr. A. Wilson's three-part workshop "Enhancing Implementation Skills for Using ACT in Clinical Practice" found that some behavior analysts interested in implementing ACT in their practice reported that they felt they needed a dedicated introduction to Relational Frame Theory (RFT) as "not all behavior analysts have a working knowledge of RFT" and others need a stepping stone from course work and common supervision experiences to using ACT in clinical practice. In other words behavior analysts new to ACT want "an intro to ACT" that includes instruction in RFT and how it relates to acceptance and mindfulness based interventions including ACTraining. Thus, to fill this gap, Dr. Wilson designed this brand new ABAC Live Event to provide intensive didactic instruction in key areas of Relational Frame Theory. During this 3-hour Live Event, Dr. Wilson will provide instruction in the basics of relational frame theory including core features and concepts within RFT (definitions and examples), how RFT informs ACT and will answer questions like "How does verbal behavior and rule governed behavior influence engagement in repertoires that result in experiential avoidance?" and " How do the relational operant processes relate to the mid-level terminology used in ACT literature and by ACT practitioners?" This event stands on its own but also functions as a "prequel" to the 2022 run of Dr. Wilsons 3-part workshop.

Additional Information

This workshop includes a presentation (live and available via recording) and an asynchronous self-paced reading activity* 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Behavior analysts who are new to ACT or who want intensive instruction in ACT as it applies to their practice

This event is especially appropriate for those whose coursework fell under the BACB Task List 4 or earlier or those who received cursory instruction in related areas from Task List 5.

We also welcome those for whom the topic is within their scope of practice, students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us. Note that continuing education credit may not be available for all professionals in the target audience. ABAC will provide a certificate of attendance for those who attend for professional development purposes.


1. When given examples, participants will identify which core RFT pillars (features) are represented.
2. Participants will be able to identify the definition of experiential avoidance and examples of experiential avoidance repertoires.
3. When given an example of an ACT component participants will select a related RFT core feature(s).
4. After reviewing case examples participants will be able to select whether the client is demonstrating a flexible or inflexible repertoire.


1. Participants will identify common critiques of RFT.
2. Participants will identify the common rebuttals to critiques of RFT.



Alyssa N. Wilson, PhD., BCBA-D, LBA is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri and Nevada. Dr. Wilson has provided clinical behavior analytic services to children, adolescents, and adults across a range of clinical settings. She has published articles and book chapters on the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors (broadly defined) and the use of acceptance and mindfulness-based intervention strategies. She is currently an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves as an editorial board member for Perspectives of Behavior Science. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with family, painting, or cooking a vegetarian friendly meal.


The presenter will receive royalties for the sale of her upcoming book "The Behavior Analyst's Guide to Working with Parents: Acceptance and Commitment Training Skills to Improve Parent Training" which she may mention during this event.


11:00 am Introduction: Welcome, Requirements to earn CE Units, Presenter Bio
11:05 am Presentation Begins
12:30 pm 10 minute break
12:40 pm Break ends- presentation continues.
1:45 pm Audience QA- Audience may also ask questions throughout the presentations
2:00 pm: Live Model: Submitting Continuing Education Requirements and Evaluation and Accessing your Certificate (Optional but recommended for those new to ABAC- Test: Multiple choice questions| Total anticipated time to complete: Approximately 15 minutes | Passing score: 80% | Not eligible for CE credit

Attendance Verification: Attendance Code Submission Form | Total anticipated time to complete: 2 minutes


Reading: Article Summaries and Commentary by Dr. Alyssa Wilson | Total anticipated time to complete: 30 minutes | Eligible for CE credit

Post-test: Multiple choice questions | Total anticipated time to complete: 5 minutes | Not eligible for CE credit


  • Opportunities to interact with the presenter during the Live Event.
  • All ABACLive Events include a reference list which allows attendees to continue their research following the event.
  • Presenters may provide their slides or an abridged version of their slides as a handout at their own discretion.
  • Handouts and additional resources (if applicable) are available for download 24 hours prior to the Live Event start time.\
  • Data sheets
  • Two-week Post-Live Event Access Period: During this time, those that registered for the live event are able to view the recording, access handouts and other resources provided (if applicable) and complete continuing education requirements.


3.5 BACB CEUs (Learning)
3.25 QABA Learning Unit (LUs)

APA, NBCC, AOTA, ASWB credit hours not offered for this program.


  • Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
  • Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.

If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


Certificate of attendance are offered to those who do not need or require continuing education credit. For those attending the live event, selecting "other" as a professional designation will produce a certificate of attendance for professional development or internal organization training purposes.


  1.  After attending the presentation, the participant will select the correct answer on 80% of the post-tests questions that assess the 4 learning objectives for the 3 -hour presentation.
  2.  After completing the readings, the participant will select the correct answer on 80% on the five questions related to the readings.