(Part II: Acceptance & Commitment Training): A Crash Course in Complex Verbal Behavior: Closing the gap between research and practice with Amanda Chastain, BCBA

Amanda Chastain, BCBAJuly 25, 2022 - August 22, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Amanda Chastain, BCBA, for a webinar series on Acceptance and Commitment Training for Behavior Analysts!

This page describes the second part in a longer series of webinars. To register for the full series (at a discount), click here.

Need more information? Click Here for the full list of dates and session-specific abstracts and learning objectives.


There is a significant gap between RESEARCH and PRACTICE when it comes to programming for complex verbal behavior. This workshop series explores an experiential, assessment-to-intervention journey to prepare attendees to hit the ground running with ACT in an effective and responsible way.

During this 4-session series, we will consider language as a double-edged sword that may result in new challenges once established, and introduces ACT as one way to address these new challenges. We will cover ACT in ABA, an ACT functional analysis, and implementation of ACT interventions, with frequent opportunities for practice. The goal of each session is to give participants something that they can apply to their work right away.

About the Presenter:

Amanda Chastain, BCBA, completed her master’s degree in Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis) at California State University, Sacramento where she specialized in Skinner’s verbal behavior, stimulus equivalence, and bidirectional naming. After graduation, she received training and supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy while working as a Senior Research Associate in an Applied Behavior Analysis lab at the University of Southern California, as a Program Director at an ABA agency in Los Angeles, and as a Lab Manager for the ACT/Prosocial lab based out of Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Chastain values the dissemination of information to close the gap between research and practice around complex verbal behavior, often doing her part in the form of presentations, publications, and training workshops. Currently, she is working towards obtaining her Doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the supervision of Dr. Mark Dixon and Dr. Tamar Heller. Her current research focuses on complex verbal behavior, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Series Outline and Details: (includes ACT sessions, included in registration from this page, and RFT sessions, registered separately here.)

A Crash Course in Complex Verbal Behavior Closing the Gap Between Research and Practice with Amanda Chastain, BCBA (click to download and view flier)

Part II: Acceptance & Commitment Training 


Session 5: The Double-Edged Sword of Language – an introduction to ACT (free to attend)
  • In session 5, we will kick off our discussion of ACT with the solid foundational knowledge of RFT gained in the first four sessions. Discussion will include the ‘double- edged’ nature of language, an introduction to ACT concepts and language in behavior-analytic terms, and practicing responsibly in the role of a Behavior Analyst.
Session 6: An ACT Functional Analysis – Part I
  • In session 6, we will connect the 6 ACT Processes to related behavioral repertoires, and then explore the ACT Matrix as a descriptive assessment tool. We’ll end with an approach to identifying problematic relations, with active practice for attendees to get experience with this skill.
Session 7: An ACT Functional Analysis – Part II
  • In session 7, we will begin with a quick review of the 6 ACT Processes and identifying problematic relations. The rest of the session will be spent discussing and practicing setup of ACT Functional Analysis conditions and interpretation of results to guide intervention.
Session 8: ACT Interventions
  • In session 8, we will begin with a discussion of the purpose of ACT interventions. The rest of this final session will introduce some ready-made resources to make your use of ACT-based interventions more efficient, and finally, social- validity measures.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.5 CEU’s per session – 6.0 CEU’s for full series
  • $90 for Part II (4 ACT Sessions)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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