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In Session One of the Using The ACT Hexagon to Promote Psychological Flexibility Series, Dr. Kelly Wilson will briefly review the power of ABA to improve lives and address the ways in which ACT interventions can be used within the context of applied behavior analysis. He will be assisted by Sarah Wilson, a practicing applied behavior analyst. They will examine difficulties faced by clients and their families, and, importantly, by providers themselves. Their powerful message to providers-- “you should not settle for a version of behavior analysis that is smaller than your own life” --will guide the rest of this event as they examine examples from the best and brightest behavioral analytic tradition and the stunning breadth and depth of their vision for the application of BA culminating with the presentation of a practice version of the ACT hexagon.
Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.
At the end of this three-hour interactive event:
The second session in this series focuses on the central pillar of the ACT hexagon model: present moment practices and self-practices.
When we do not attend to the present, we miss important things. Rumination, worry, and high levels of distraction prevent full engagement in a learning experience. Learning to bring attention to bear in a way that has the dual qualities of flexibility and focus is consequence driven behavior that can be strengthened with practice. Dr. Kelly Wilson will explore both highly structured and less structured ways to practice flexible but focused moment-by-moment awareness and how this can lead to better professional practice resulting in better client outcomes.
Next, Dr. Wilson will examine self-practices with a special emphasis on perspective taking skills. Many human difficulties can be attributed to failures in perspective taking. After describing temporal and interpersonal perspective taking, they will discuss very structured ways to practice flexible perspective taking, as well as very small perspective taking practices that can be integrated into other learning tasks.
In this and the following events in the series, Dr. Wilson will offer one or more live audience members the opportunity to participate in brief live interviews in which participants can experience these interventions firsthand. Interviews will be followed by a debrief of the interview linking the experience back to simple behavioral principles that the audience members are familiar with.
The third session in this series will focus on the left pillar of the ACT model: acceptance and defusion practices.
Fusion is an ACT way of talking about the language trap. In technical terms, fusion is the dominance of verbally established contingencies over directly experienced contingencies. In common sense terms, the terms we will focus on, fusion is about getting stuck in your story. Think of a time when you were incredibly sure about something, you just knew it to be true and acted on it but later learned that your story wasn’t true. Perhaps the entire story was not false, but somewhat short-sighted or you held so tightly to one part of the story that other things in the situation were missed. Defusion skills are learned to prevent getting stuck in a story, not by eliminating the story, but instead by making available broader and more flexible contact with the environment.
Lack of acceptance and fusion often go together. When we experience things as hard, we (quite naturally) resist, push back, or engage in some form of verbal or physical aggression or withdrawal. This is often true in interpersonal relations, but it is also true in ways we treat ourselves. In the face of perceived failure or having done something poorly, many will treat themselves with a sort of harshness that they would never use with a friend or loved one. By contrast, learning to accept or open up to difficult experiences can allow us to experience difficulties while remaining kind to ourselves. Acceptance is a skill. It is not about suffering for its own sake, but it is about openness to pain or discomfort while continuing to pursue the things that are meaningful or important to us. In some ways, we know this process in our own lives--good things rarely come easily. ACT provides tools to build, strengthen, and empower that knowing.
In the workshop you will see how defusion and acceptance practices can be linked and integrated into your training context. Dr. Kelly Wilson will offer one or more live audience members the opportunity to participate in brief live interviews in which participants can experience these interventions firsthand. Interviews will be during the workshop followed by a debrief of the interview including links back to simple behavioral principles that you already know.
In the final session of the series Dr. Kelly Wilson will focus on the right pillar of the ACT model: values and committed action practices. Values practices involve the verbalizing and elaboration of patterns of actions that might be intrinsically reinforcing by virtue of their alignment with that valued pattern. Dr. Wilson will provide examples of how easy it is for professionals to fall into habits sustained by aversive control and provide simple examples of values practices for behavior analysts.
It is common for people who get the attention of teachers, therapists, and doctors to have many professionals focused on what is wrong. Values work helps clients to grow what is right. Developing a values practice clarifies and motivates the work of the behavior analyst for both learners and teachers alike.
Committed action practice is where values practices really come to life. The usual way people think about commitment is as a promise about the future. In ACT, commitment has nothing to do with the future. Commitment practices are actions, no matter how small, that put you in a valued pattern of action. “No matter how small” cannot be overemphasized. Due to the great amplifier of verbal behavior, tiny actions can have very powerful effects. Dr. Wilson will explore practices that link values construction to patterns of action that are just the right size for each learner.
In the workshop you will see how values and committed action practices can be linked and integrated into your training context. Dr. Wilson will offer one or more live audience members the opportunity to participate in brief live interviews in which participants can experience these interventions firsthand. Interviews will be followed by a debrief of the interview including links back to simple behavioral principles that you already know.
Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University at Mississippi and founder of OneLife Education & Training, LLC. He was the Founding President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and was among the first cohort of ACBS Fellows. Dr. Wilson has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its underlying theory and philosophy for 30 years. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters, as well as 11 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, Mindfulness for Two, and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong. He has central interests in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning, values, therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness.
Dr. Wilson’s love of teaching resulted in his winning multiple teaching awards at his home institution, including the Elsie M. Hood Award for Undergraduate Teaching and also the University of Mississippi Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Dr. Wilson has presented workshops and provided consultancy in 32 countries.
Read Dr. Wilson's introduction to this series
Sarah R. Wilson, BA received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, Summa Cum Laude, with a double major in Psychology and Art. She has been involved in the application of behavioral principles since her internship at Fit Learning in the summer of 2015. She worked in as a teaching assistant in an interteaching classroom under the supervision of Dr. Kate Kellum from 2015 to 2017. Sarah has worked at Fit Learning continuously since graduating in 2017. At Fit Learning she worked to develop programs for both typically and atypically developing learners for both behavioral and academic targets, including reading, writing, quantitative skills, as well as theory of mind, epistemology, and conversation skills. She works one-on-one with learners to implement these programs, as well as training and auditing new instructors. She is currently applying to doctoral programs in clinical psychology for the 2021 academic year.
Dr. Kelly Wilson receives royalties from the sale of some books that may be mentioned during the workshop and receives speaker fees for presenting this workshop for ABAC
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SCHEDULE- (Eastern time- New York)
11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Session begins
12:30 pm: 10 minute break and QA session
1:50 pm: Final QA Session
2:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms