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

Amanda Chastain, BCBAJune 6, 2022 - July 11, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Amanda Chastain, BCBA, for a webinar series on Relational Frame Theory for Behavior Analysts!

This page describes the first 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 some behavior analytic models of complex verbal behavior, including Stimulus Equivalence and Relational Frame Theory, to guide attendees in acquiring a working knowledge of Relational Frame Theory as it is APPLIED to Behavior Analytic intervention.

During this 4-session series, learners will come to better understand what complex verbal behavior is from a Relational Frame Theory perspective, as well as the importance of establishing a robust repertoire of derived relational responding. Participants will also learn how to program for the establishment of these complex repertoires for common relational frames (coordination, distinction, opposition, comparison, hierarchical, and deictic).

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.

Full Series Outline and Details: (includes RFT sessions, included in registration from this page, and ACT 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 I: Verbal Behavior & Relational Frame Theory


Session 1: Some Behavior Analytic Models of Verbal Behavior (free to attend)
  • In session 1, we will start ‘at the beginning’ by exploring B. F. Skinner’s initial take on Verbal Behavior and Murray Sidman’s contributions with Stimulus Equivalence. These discussions set the context for consideration of Relational Frame Theory as an extension of these concepts. We’ll wrap up with why this is worth understanding for Behavior Analysts, with direct connection to Early Behavior Intervention goals and programs.
Session 2: A Deeper Dive into Relational Frame Theory – PART I
  • In session 2, we will get into more detail about the different forms of relational framing and discuss relating as a generalized relational operant, including some leading research from Dr. Jordan Belisle’s RFT research lab. To finish, attendees will take a look at their own programs through an RFT lens.
Session 3: A Deeper Dive into Relational Frame Theory – PART II
  • In session 3, we will dive into identifying and programming for each of the main types of relational frames. Participants will actively practice setting up programs to target growth, see examples from the PEAK Relational Training curriculum, and close out with a primer for more complex stimuli (to be discussed in detail at the next session).
Session 4: A Deeper Dive into Relational Frame Theory – PART III
  • In session 4, we will quickly review what we learned in Session 3 (Non-Arbitrarily Applicable Derived Relational Responding) before exploring more complex ways of relational framing/responding. An activity will allow participants to practice programming again, this time incorporating arbitrarily applicable derived relational responding.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.5 CEU’s per session – 6.0 CEU’s for full series
  • $90 for Part I (4 RFT 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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