12:00 PM - 01:00 PM - Steve Hayes: Acceptance and Commitment Training is Part of Applied Behavior Analysis

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a training-based version of a psychotherapeutic approach that is based on the psychological flexibility model of human behavioral health, which has been constructed using behavioral principles as augmented by Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and multi-level, multi-dimensional evolution science (EvoS). ACT has been evaluated in hundreds of open trials and time-series analyses, and nearly 200 randomized controlled trials and its underlying applied and basic theory has been examined in well over 1,000 studies. In this talk I will argue that the use of ACT methods appears to be within the scope of practice of certified behavior analysts provided behavior analysis itself includes principles drawn from RFT and EvoS. Data on the use of ACT in traditional areas of behavior analytic work will be shown. If certified behavior analysts move in this direction, it will significantly alter behavior analytic practice and will likely move the field more generally in a contextual behavioral science direction.