This comprehensive course explores the integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Developed by Steven C. Hayes in 1982, ACT is an evidence-based psychological intervention that combines acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavior-change techniques to enhance psychological flexibility. The course addresses the growing need for behavior technicians (BTs) to manage burnout effectively and introduces stress reduction techniques grounded in ACT principles. Participants will gain valuable insights into the six core processes of ACT, focusing on psychological flexibility, defusion, acceptance, self-as-context, values, and committed action.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Behavior Technicians (1 hour of content)
Dr. Trudy Georgio is an assistant professor of applied behavior analysis at Bay Path University and founder of Tru Behavior Development, LLC. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Texas. Trudy specializes in teaching language to children with autism disorders and other developmental disabilities. Her research interests include using technology services for remote training and supervision, joint attention training, and assent-based behavioral services.
- Explore the six core processes (Hexaflex) of ACT, including contacting the present moment, defusion, acceptance, self-as-context, values, and committed action. Gain insights into how these processes contribute to psychological flexibility.
- Learn how to integrate ACT principles into behavior analysis practices. Understand the relevance of psychological flexibility in addressing burnout and promoting well-being for behavior technicians. Explore the role of values and committed action in behavior change.
- Acquire practical stress reduction techniques based on ACT principles. Explore the role of mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment in managing challenging situations encountered in the field of applied behavior analysis. Enhance resilience and well-being for both practitioners and clients.