Acceptance and Commitment Training Within the Scope of Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis


Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a contemporary behavior-analytic approach to intervening on verbal behavior for the purposes of bringing about socially meaningful overt behavior change. Although originally developed as a behavior-analytic approach to psychotherapy, the conceptual functional analyses and procedures that form the core of ACT have been disseminated broadly outside of clinical psychology, including within the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). This article discusses the use of ACT within mainstream ABA practice and provides preliminary conceptual functional analyses and practical guidelines for incorporating ACT within the scope of practice of applied behavior analysts.

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