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Acceptance and Commitment Training in Applied Behavior Analysis: Where Have You Been All My Life?

Kelly, Amanda D. and Kelly, Michelle E. (2021) Acceptance and Commitment Training in Applied Behavior Analysis: Where Have You Been All My Life? Behavior Analysis in Practice. ISSN 2196-8934

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Examining behavior within the context of applied behavior analysis (ABA) from the perspective of acceptance and commitment training (ACTr), while understanding the role of relational framing and the transformation of stimulus function, can better equip behavior analysts to effectively address complex behavior that may be influenced by covert verbal behavior. This approach may lead to a more comprehensive analysis of behavior and result in more effective interventions for socially significant change. The aim of this article is to provide behavior analysts with information and guidance on using relational frame theory (RFT) and ACTr in behavior-analytic services. The article first provides a rationale for considering thoughts as behavior and outlines important components of RFT. Subsequently, the benefits of employing ACTr in ABA are highlighted, including brief descriptions and examples of the use of ACTr within ABA practice. The article highlights the importance of expanding the consideration of maintaining variables when attempting to address maladaptive covert verbal behavior and ultimately aims to encourage a greater number of behavior analysts to adopt RFT and ACTr practices in applied settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acceptance and commitment training (ACTr); Applied behavior analysis (ABA); Relational frame theory (RFT); Verbal behavior
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 15:28
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 15:30

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