Four Days of Intensive Training with Dr. Tom Szabo
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy began as a behavior analytic method for improving behavioral adaptation to psychological distress. Over the last decade, specialists have tailored ACT to be used in ABA practice contexts, most notably with parents, staff, and verbally competent clients. In this workshop, we will review the history of ACT and ACTraining, critical advances in the experimental analysis of behavior that led to Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and the RFT account of human language that explains the way ACT serves to facilitate direct contingency management. Next, participants will learn the six repertoires involved in behavioral flexibility, with emphases on both behavioral and lay ways of defining these skills. We will then focus on ways to conduct ACT functional assessment as an adjunct to ABA FBA procedures. Following that, participants will practice delivering ACT using three distinct procedures: the ACT Matrix, metaphor creation, and physicalized metaphor exercises. During evening sessions, we will discuss the use of PROSOCIAL ACT to help groups develop sustainable communitarian practices, hear about ways to implement ACT in different settings, as well as devote time to practice our ACT skills together.
Tom Szabo, PhD, BCBA-D, is a faculty member in the Hybrid Master's Degree Program for Professional Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, an internationally recognized ACT trainer, a practicing Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied under Steven C. Hayes and W. Larry Williams. Over the last 10 years, Tom has focused his practice on teaching people ways to ignite behavioral flexibility in their personal lives and with others in clinical practice, schools, board rooms, shop floors, and community centers. He is particularly interested in teaching people ways to use the “psyflex model” (aka ACT) to support individuals with high functioning autism and their families. With the Commit & Act Foundation, Tom has trained therapists in Sierra Leone working with individuals who’ve committed acts of gender-based violence. He is conducting funded research on ways to reduce intra-familial and school violence. With his students, Tom investigates behavioral flexibility training and clinical RFT. He has published empirical and conceptual papers, as well as several book chapters and is currently writing a book, Learning ACT for Behavior Analysts: An Acceptance and Commitment Training Skills Instructional Manual.
Congratulations on organizing a major ACT training event in Isreal. I hope it is a great success.Steven C. Hayes: ACT Developer
ACT BootCamp in Israel with world class trainer Tom Szabo is a "must have" addition to your repertoire no matter what skills you are trained in methodology! Forward to od are you thereDov Benyaacov-Kurtzman: Founder of "Contextual" Behavioural Science (CBS) in Israel"
The BootCamp is a great opportunity to learn ACT in intensive and experiential wayDr. Ran Almog: Clinical psychologist, director of ACT program at Tel Aviv academic College
Good news about the Bootcamp. Very happy to support this.Dr. Joseph Oliver: Professional ACT trainer in UK
Congratulations on the first bootcamp in Israel. Big deal!Matthieu Villatte: Peer Reviewed ACT Traine
Woohoo! Well done.Russ Harris: Author of 'the Happiness Trap'
This is fantastic news!Mavis Tsai: Co-creator of FAP
Mazel tov on the first ACT Bootcamp in Israel! I hope this is a first of many! May you be present, follow your values, learn flexibly, and have so much fun!Amy R. Murrell: Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer