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Event title: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Two-Day Workshop for ABA Practitioners

Instructor Names: Dustin Dixon, MEd, BCBA, and Dr. Kirk Strosahl

Event Date: June 22 and 23, 2018

Time of Event: 8:30 – 4:30 (1-hr break for lunch)

Event Location: Green River Community College: 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA 98092

Number of Type-2 CEU’s earned:

  • Day 1: 8.0 CEU’s (1.0 Ethics CEU)
  • Day 2: 8.0 CEU’s

Cost to Attend: $300
Coffee and Refreshments provided at the event. A one hour break will be provided for participants to get lunch.

Please email Dustin Dixon at with questions about the event, special accessibility needs, or anything else related to the event. Parking instructions and further updates will be sent to registered participants closer to the event date.

About Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an exciting and relatively young application of the principles of behavior analysis and Verbal Behavior to pervasive patterns of problem behavior. ‘The ACT approach’ is an application of Relational Frame Theory (RFT) that seeks specific results in behavior change through evidence-based technologies. ACT has strong roots in psychotherapy, but a lot is being done to take this treatment out of ‘the office’ and make it accessible to a variety of other fieldwork applications.
“Technologically, ACT uses both traditional behavior therapy techniques (defined broadly to include everything from cognitive therapy to behavior analysis), as well as others that are more recent or that have largely emerged from outside the behavior tradition…” (

About the Presenter:
Dr. Kirk Strosahl is credited as a founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He currently practices at Mountainview Consulting Group in Portland, OR.

Dr. Strosahl has spent years developing, practicing, and sharing strategies for making the ACT approach to behavior change. He has presented at conferences and workshops all over the world, and written extensively on the subject. His credited publications include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999)
  • Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Principles and Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Strosahl, Robinson, & Gustavsson, 2012)
  • Real Behavior Change in Primary Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Increasing Job Satisfaction (Strosahl, Gould, & Robinson, 2011)
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression and Create a Life Worth Living (Strosahl & Robinson, 2008)

Workshop Participants Can Expect:

Day One: 

  • Review the evolution of the ACT/fACT Psychological Flexibility model 
  • Review the three pillars of flexibility: Openness, Awareness and Engagement
  • Identify clinical situations in ABA practice where the fACT model could be applied 
  • Introduction to the CARE heuristic for creating highly targeted, brief fACT interventions Learn about fACT contextual interviewing strategies (Three T’s; Love-Work-Play-Health; Workability) 
  • Identify forms of rule following, emotional avoidance and behavioral avoidance 
  • Demonstrate core fACT case conceptualization techniques such as the Four Square, Flexibility Profile

Day Two: 

  • Describe ways to reframe the relationship between emotional distress and personal values 
  • Practice methods for creating “behavioral experiments” that undermine rule following and avoidance behaviors 
  • Demonstrate and Practice Basic fACT interventions in the three domains of psychological flexibility
  • Demonstrate physical metaphor and experiential exercises: Bulls Eye, Life Path 
  • Delivering fACT in one day or half day workshops, groups & classes ​