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Psychological Flexibility: Shaping resilience and building skills from infancy through adolescence


Friday,  April 23, 2021

Siri Ming PhD BCBA-D & Evelyn Gould PhD BCBA-D

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

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From a behavior analytic perspective, psychological well-being involves the ability to flexibly interact with (or “language about”) our experiences, in context-sensitive ways that help us connect with meaning and purpose, and thus promote resilience even in adverse contexts. Another term for this highly adaptive repertoire is psychological flexibility, where “psychological” simply refers to language processes, including derived relational responding and rule-governed behavior. In layperson terms, psychological flexibility refers to our ability to navigate challenging situations effectively, even when difficult thoughts, emotions or physical sensations are present.

In this workshop, Dr. Siri Ming and Dr. Evelyn Gould will introduce what it means to be psychologically flexible, and how behavior analysts can view their interventions and interactions through a lens of promoting flexibility. Much of our work involves teaching others to behave more flexibly within their context, and establishing the prerequisite skills that lay the foundations for psychological flexibility later. Dr. Ming and Dr. Gould will introduce you to component repertoires that can be shaped and established from early infancy through early childhood and into adolescence, and discuss the role of psychological inflexibility in many of the common difficulties we encounter as applied behavior analysts. In addition, you will learn about supporting caregivers, teachers, staff and others from a psychological flexibility standpoint, and how this can produce improved outcomes for everyone. Improved psychological flexibility has been consistently associated with increased well-being and resilience, and effective, sensitive, and consistent patterns of values-directed behavior, even in the most challenging contexts, as well as underpinning many other important human repertoires such as creativity and problem-solving.

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.


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

1. Define psychological flexibility from a behavior analytic perspective.
2. Identify how component repertoires of behavioral variability, perspective taking, hierarchical framing, and valuing are learned over time and contribute to the composite repertoire of psychological flexibility.
3. Identify the relationship between rule-governed behavior and psychological flexibility.
4. Identify at least one way that psychological flexibility (or inflexibility) impacts you personally as a behavior analyst, as well as those that you work with.


Siri Ming is a Behavior Analyst and coach, with over 25 years of experience in the field. She is committed to the compassionate practice of behavior analysis to help people live meaningful, values-directed lives. Siri is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications in the area of language development and behavior, and has served as associate editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She is passionate about the potential that an RFT lens brings to language intervention programs, and about the potential for an RFT lens to help us understand how to more effectively use language as intervention. Her services are global, personalized, and grounded in values of generosity, kindness, and bringing your whole self to all that you do.

Evelyn Gould is a Clinical Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist at The New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA). She is also a Clinical Associate at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI-Jr) at McLean Hospital, and Research Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Evelyn has two decades of experience working with families of children with autism, OCD, and other learning and behavior challenges across settings. Evelyn is also actively involved in research and has published articles and book chapters on parent training, clinical assessment and treatment design, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for practitioners and parents of children with ASD. She is passionate about the dissemination of evidence-based practices, and promoting social justice within Behavior Analysis. Evelyn is actively involved in a variety of Special Interest Groups and Task Forces within the ABAI and ACBS communities, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.


The presenters and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. Drs. Ming and Gould receive speaker fees for this presentation.


    • Behavior Analysts earn 3 CEUs* (Learning)  LIVE & RECORDING
    • Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, APA or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.


Please read the following information carefully:

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit
    • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


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