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When is it Willingness? Assent in the Therapeutic Relationship with Tommy Parry, BCBA & Jonathan Amey

Jonathan Amey & Tommy Parry

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Tommy Parry and Jonathan Amey for a webinar for Behavior Analysts.

Abstract

Acceptance, often referred to as “Willingness” is a core component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and a central part of the ACT therapeutic stance. Entire books and book chapters have been written on the transformative effects of acceptance and how applying it as a process in therapy can yield powerful therapeutic change and growth among both the client and therapist. Given the gravity of the concept of willingness in ACT, we might ask “But when is it willingness?” Furthermore, given the wide variety of behavioral responding based on individual learning histories, there may be times when our clients seemingly indicate consent when their behavior is under aversive control. This workshop seeks to analyze the concepts of assent and consent among different client case conceptualizations. The goal of this workshop is to explore a concept analysis of assent/consent and how these may impact how a therapist responds in-session.

About the Presenters

Tommy Parry, M.S., M.Ed., LMHC, LBA, BCBA, is a behavior analyst and counselor in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. His practice is geared towards serving parents of children with autism and special needs, individuals with autism, adults with body-focused repetitive behaviors, and individuals with chronic health conditions. Tommy also works full-time at the Department of Veteran Affairs serving Veterans using evidence-based methods, including ACT and other exposure-based interventions to help Veterans live their best lives. He enjoys delivering ACT trainings to ABA agencies to improve staff well-being, resilience, and performance. Tommy also participates in ACT research being conducted at Indiana University supporting caregivers and patients with varied health concerns, including Dementia and cancer.

Jonathan Amey, M.Ed., is the founding director of Agile Instruction and Management Solutions (A.I.M.S) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Combining his sports medicine and special education background with Precision Teaching, Jonathan focuses on building gross motor, cognitive, and social repertoires in students across a broad spectrum of abilities. Over the last 20 years utilizing precision measurement, Jonathan has created school-based wellness groups and clinical trainings for teachers, BCBAs, and parents. Jonathan currently consults with clinics, schools, and families in both the United States and abroad.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the differences between true and apparent consent.
  2. Identify client behaviors that may indicate hidden avoidant responses to therapy.
  3. Describe strategies that foster client choice and autonomy in therapy.

Number of CEU’s available: 2.0 BACB Learning CEU’s

Cost to Attend: $40 (includes registration and CEU’s)

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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