Enhancing Implementation Skills for Using ACT in Clinical Practice: A 3-part course


Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Part 1: 11/18/2020  ACT and Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Part 2: 12/2/2020 ACT and Data Collection Strategies
Part 3: 12/16/2020  ACT Case Conceptualization and Problem Solving
11:00 am - 1:00 pm eastern
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Recording Availability: Video closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar:
Part 1 closes: 11/28/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern
Part 2 closes: 12/12/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern
Part 3 closes: 12/26/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York time)


Behavior analytic research on Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is on the rise, as evidenced by the surge of studies using ACT across a wide variety of populations, settings/environments, and specific behavioral repertoires. The growing body of literature provides emerging evidence on considerations for using ACT in clinical practice, including aspects of assessment and intake, treatment and intervention strategies, data collection and measurement systems. For instance, common data collection strategies range from psychometric self-report surveys (e.g. Acceptance and Action Questionnaire; Valued-Living Questionnaire), to direct observation common to most behavior analytic practice (e.g. momentary-time sampling; frequency count; etc.). While timely, there is currently no resource for clinicians who are interested in using ACT in their behavior analytic practice but are unsure how to begin. Therefore, this three-day workshop will target ACT session processes, data collection strategies, as well as case-conceptualization and ethical considerations for practice. Webinar one will focus on ACT and behavior analysis intervention strategies, with emphasis on assessment options for a range of clients and settings common to behavior analytic practice. Webinar two will focus on data collection strategies and considerations across self-reported measures (e.g. psychometrics, open-ended interviews, Likert-scales, self-monitoring, etc.), direct observation across dimensions of behavior (e.g. frequency/rate, duration, latency) and measurement considerations (e.g. fluency, time sampling; continuous vs. discontinuous data). Webinar three will focus on case conceptualization and problem-solving strategies, including ethical considerations and within-session analyses.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to do the following: 

Part 1

• Identify metaphorical extensions specific to client private events
• Define session process, including intake/baseline, treatment/intervention, maintenance/follow-up, termination of services
• Identify metaphors across components within the ACT model
• Identify examples of psychological flexibility, private events, and other behaviors for a specific client


Identify continuous vs discontinuous data
• Identify pros and cons for data collection strategies
• Identify examples of single or multi-modal data collection systems
• Identify single and multi-modal data collection systems to be used with specific client
• Develop direct observational systems for specific client across single and multi-modal systems


• Identify case conceptualization strategies for behavior analytic practice
• Identify steps in the problem-solving strategies
• Identify ethical concerns (across professions) when presented with case studies
• Select the appropriate within-session data analysis strategies
• Identify ethical dilemmas and approaches to resolution case conceptualization strategies for behavior analytic practice

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at Saint Louis University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral (BCBA-D), and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. Dr. Wilson has provided clinical behavior analytic services to children, adolescents, and adults across a range of clinical settings. Her research focuses on how humans make decisions and engage in maladaptive behavior, to determine intervention strategies for behavioral change. Dr. Wilson has published articles on the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors (broadly defined), and acceptance and mindfulness-based intervention strategies. She is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and an editorial board member for Journal of Contextual Behavior Science and Perspectives of Behavior Science.


The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. 


11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:45 pm: Q & A session
1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and attendance code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

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