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Enhancing Implementation Skills for Using ACT in Clinical Practice: Updated for 2021 – A 6 hr course in 3 parts



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

Wednesdays | 7/14/21, 7/28/21 & 8/11/21 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm eastern (New York)

You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the Recordings. Recordings closes 10 days after the last event in the series.

Recordings close on 8/21/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)



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.

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.

Part 1: ACT and Assessment & Intervention Strategies


By the end of this event participants should be able to:

  1. Identify components within the ACT model using technological language (acceptance, defusion, committed action, self as context, and present moment)
  2.  Identify metaphorical extensions specific to client private events
  3.  Identify session process, including intake/baseline, treatment/intervention, maintenance/follow-up, termination of services
  4.  Identify metaphors across components within the ACT model
  5.  Select functional assessment approaches to use prior to developing an ACT intervention

Part 2: ACT and Data Collection Strategies


  1. Identify continuous vs discontinuous data
  2. Identify pros and cons for data collection strategies
  3. Identify examples of single or multi-modal data collection systems
  4. Identify single and multi-modal data collection systems to be used with specific client
  5. Select direct observational systems for specific client across single and multi-modal systems

Part 3: ACT Case Conceptualization and Ethical Considerations


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



    • Behavior Analysts earn 6 Learning CEUs (including 3 Ethics) - Live or Recording
    • Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, APA  or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.

Additional Information

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
    • You must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts on two quizzes. Quizzes will be given following the end of Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 and will assess the 5 learning objectives of that 3-hour session.



Enhancing Implementation Skills for Using ACTAlyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral (BCBA-D), and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California, and the CEO of Wilson Behavioral Services LLC. 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 and books on the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors (broadly defined), and acceptance and mindfulness-based intervention strategies. She has delivered over fifty national and international workshops and presentations showcasing her research. She is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and served as the Guest Editor for the special issue on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is also 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.


10:00 pm: Introduction
10:05 pm: Webinar begins
11:45 pm: Q&A opportunity
12:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms


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