The Double-Edged Sword of Language – An Introduction to ACT with Amanda Chastain, BCBA

Amanda Chastain, BCBA

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


Why is ACT uniquely useful as an addition to typical contingency-management? What is ACT, and what does the research base look like? How do ensure I’m practicing within my scope? How do I write ACT-related treatment goals?

We will kick off our discussion of ACT with 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.

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how establishing a complex verbal behavior repertoire can generate unique challenges for those we support.
  2. Describe the six behavioral repertoires on the ACT Hexaflex.
  3. Describe current research in ACT in ABA.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.5 CEU’s
  • FREE to attend, with 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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