Cinderella to Catherine: Using ACT to Generalize Social and Emotional Regulation Skills from ABA Sessions to the Real World with Amy Murrell, PhD
Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is thrilled to announce the return of Dr. Amy Murrell for a two-hour webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will focus some on applications of ACT to improve the generalization of Social-Skills and Emotional-Regulation Skills for younger learners.
About the Presenter
Dr. Amy Murrell is a licensed clinical psychologist in Texas and Tennessee. She works for Behavior, Attention, and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC, in Memphis, TN, and is Affiliate Faculty at the University of Memphis. She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2005, after completing internship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Murrell is a peer-reviewed ACT Trainer and a Fellow of ACBS, the professional organization that is the academic home of ACT and RFT. She has authored over 40 publications on these topics specifically, including four books for the public: The Joy of Parenting (Coyne & Murrell, published by New Harbinger in 2009) and I See Me: More Than One Tree, Becca Epps Learns to BE, and Hugging the Hard Stuff (Murrell, illustrated by Londoño-Connally, published in 2018 and 2019 (x2), respectively, by Shawnee Scientific Press); she has given over 130 peer-reviewed presentations on these topics.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a is an evidence-based third-wave behavioral treatment that rests upon the idea that people’s problems may worsen when they try to control or eliminate feelings or thoughts. ACT is used as a wrap-around to traditional applied behavior analysis for several reasons. These reasons include making the ABA more acceptable for both the clinician and client and increasing generalizability of the results of the ABA practice context. The majority of this 2-hour webinar will be devoted to helping behavior analysts who work with children who have high functioning autism. Direct techniques for increasing response generalization for perspective taking and other important skills will be provided. Indirect strategies that address clinician factors that make long-term success more likely will also be emphasized. Participants are encouraged to bring de-identified case information to inform this illustrative experience.
Participants at this event will:
- Discuss how experiential avoidance may interfere with client skills generalization
- Perform an ACT-consistent self-compassion exercise specific to clinician lack of flexibility
- Identify at least two techniques related to increasing social and/or emotion regulation skill generalization
Number of CEU’s available: 2.0 BACB Type-II CEU’s
Cost to Attend: $40 (includes registration and CEU’s)