ACT for Behavior Analysts – Conversations with Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D and Dr. Emily Sandoz

Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D, and Dr. Emily Sandoz

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D, and Dr. Emily Sandoz, Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer and past Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Contextual Behavior Science! Topics, descriptions and dates for these sessions are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: The format of these sessions was largely a semi-structured conversation between the presenters. This is not an intro-to-ACT, how-to, or instructional series to train specific practices. Rather, the presenters engage in dialogue about the topics listed, bringing to bear their extensive experience with ACT practice and love of ABA. Some familiarity with ACT concepts is recommended.


Behavior analysis has long challenged itself to be broadly applicable to the understanding and changing of human behavior across a range of domains and levels of complexity. Issues of private events, behavior-behavior relations, and language-based interventions have proved challenging for our field, as we struggle to make use of the knowledge gained from other perspectives in our analyses. As behavior analysis successfully extends into new settings and formats, this ability to unpack non-behavioral psychological concepts, and apply them to our work becomes increasingly important. This series explores a range of topics and discussions relevant to behavior analytic practitioners interested in language-based approaches and balancing technical skills with fluency in relationship-building or therapeutic alliance skills.


  • Session 1: Therapeutic Relationship in Behavior Analysis
  • Session 2: Using Compassion in Behavior Analysis
  • Session 3: Ethics of Language-Based Behavior Analytic Interventions
  • Session 4: The Many ACTs: Am I Doing it Yet?
  • Session 5: Clinician as Context: Tracking Therapeutic Behavior
  • Session 6: Appreciating and Translating Non-Behavioral Wisdom
  • Session 7: What’s Showing Up: All Audience Questions

About the Presenters

Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D is a Clinical Behavior Analyst (BCAB-D) and Licensed Psychologist at the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety in Boston and Los Angeles, and Clinical Consultant for FirstSteps for Kids, Inc., Los Angeles. Dr. Gould has extensive experience working with families of children with autism, OCD, and other learning and behavior challenges across diverse settings. Evelyn is also actively involved in research and has published articles and book chapters on parent training, assessment and treatment design, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for parents of children with ASD. She is passionate about the dissemination of evidence-based behavioral interventions and regularly presents around the globe. She is also passionate about social justice and addressing issues of diversity and equity within Behavior Analysis. Evelyn is is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science and Editorial Board Member for Behavior Analysis in Practice, as well as being actively involved in a variety of Special Interest Groups and Task Forces within the ABAI and ACBS communities.

Emily Sandoz, PhD, is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, the Director of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group, and the Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Psychology Department. She has co-authored three books on acceptance and commitment therapy for struggles with eating and body image, along with chapters and journal articles on ACT, values, the therapeutic relationship, and psychological flexibility. Emily has led more than 40 professional training workshops around the world, and serves as a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. See her earlier webinar with Connections Behavior here: ACT as Clinical Behavior Analysis

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives are listed according to each event:

  1. Therapeutic Relationship in Behavior Analysis
    • Describe the role of the therapeutic relationship in ACT from a behavior analytic perspective.
  2. Using Compassion in Behavior Analysis
    • Describe the use of compassion-based interventions from a behavior analytic perspective.
  3. Ethics of Language-Based Behavior Analytic Interventions
    • Describe the ethical implications of using (and not using) language based interventions across a variety of practice settings.
  4. The Many ACTs: Am I Doing it Yet?
    • Define ACT from a behavior analytic perspective and discuss the various models and approaches that exist within the CBS community.
  5. Clinician as Context: Tracking Therapeutic Behavior
    • Discuss therapist behavior in terms of specific client contingencies that promote or challenge effective intervention.
  6. Appreciating and Translating Non-Behavioral Wisdom
    • Translate effective, non-behavioral tools, into behavior analytic terms.
  7. What’s Showing Up: All Audience Questions
    • Describe one challenge that emerges when integrating language-based interventions into ABA and how that challenge might be addressed.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.0 Learning BACB CEU’s per session (included with purchase)
  • $100 to attend all 7 sessions
    • Includes access to the recordings and presentation materials, 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

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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