ACT for ASD Series with Courtney Tarbox, BCBA, and Guests!

Courtney Tarbox, BCBA, Jonathan Tarbox, BCBA-D, Taira Bermudez, BCBA, & Erin Silverman, BCBA

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Courtney Tarbox, BCBA, and guests for a brief webinar series for Behavior Analysts! This series will focus on the topic of ACT for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The content will be presented in three sessions, a guest presenter at each session. See detailed descriptions of each session below.

Abstract

Following the information shared in the recent publication, Taking ACTion: 18 Simple Strategies for Supporting Children with Autism during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lead Author Courtney Tarbox breaks down the content in three brief installments, joined by one additional author per session. This series includes an introduction to ACT as applied in Behavior Analysis, plus deeper digs into the six ‘ACT processes’ (acceptance, defusion, present-moment awareness, self-as-context, values and committed action). A selection of specific interventions will be discussed as well, with accompanying materials (found attached to the original article).

About the Presenters

Courtney Tarbox, BCBA, is Director of Clinical Development at FirstSteps for Kids, a community-based autism service provider. Courtney earned her Master of Science Degree in Counseling, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Los Angeles. She is passionate about contributing to research that is informed by real-life practice and is actively engaged in treatment evaluation research on topics including complex skill acquisition, naturalistic discrete trial training, compassion and kindness in ABA treatment, and the infusion of acceptance and commitment training (ACT) within comprehensive ABA programs for children with autism. Courtney currently serves on the board for the ACT Special Interest Group and has published a training manual for Registered Behavior Technicians.

Jonathan Tarbox, BCBA-D, is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice. He has published five books on applied behavior analysis and autism treatment, is the Series Editor of the Elsevier book series Critical Specialties in Treating Autism and Other Behavioral Challenges, and an author of well over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts.  His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, applications of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) inside of applied behavior analysis, and applications of applied behavior analysis to issues of diversity and social justice.

Taira Bermudez, MS, BCBA, is a Regional Clinic Director and the Director of Feeding Services at FirstSteps for Kids. Taira received her Master of Science Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from California State University, Los Angeles. She is devoted to treatment evaluation, research, and the dissemination of behavior analysis, including Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). She is passionate about infusing ACT into clients’ treatment, parent education, as well as her own everyday life with her family. She regularly presents at autism and ABA conferences and is an author of a book devoted to behavioral feeding interventions, as well as several scientific papers and book chapters.

Erin Silverman, BCBA, is a Program Director at FirstSteps for Kids in Southern California. In 2019, Erin graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. While working in the field of ABA, Erin has found her passion for curriculum development, creating programs and books for children, developing new ways to use Acceptance and Commitment Training with children, as well as working on social skills and problem solving programming. Erin enjoys participating in treatment evaluation research focused on ways to better the lives of each child with whom she works and continuing to contribute to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.


SESSION INFORMATION:

Session 1: Behavioral Conceptual Foundations for Getting Started with ACT with guest Jonathan Tarbox, BCBA-D

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Content outline:

  • Conceptual underpinnings of ACT
  • When is a learner ready?
  • Individualized approach
  • Data collection

Learning Objectives: Participants at this event will

  1. Describe the behavioral principles underlying acceptance and defusion.
  2. Describe the behavioral principles underlying present moment attention and values.
  3. Describe behavioral repertoires that indicate that a learner may benefit from ACT interventions.

Session 2: Practical Strategies for Implementing ACT with ASD with guest Taira Bermudez, BCBA

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Content outline:

  • Acceptance + committed action
  • Defusion + committed action
  • Present moment + committed action
  • Self as context + committed action

Learning Objectives: Participants at this event will

  1. Describe how to implement acceptance procedures with children with autism.
  2. Describe how to implement defusion procedures with children with autism.
  3. Describe how to implement present moment procedures with children with autism.

Session 3: Comprehensive Values-Based ACT Strategies for Children with ASD with guest Erin Silverman, BCBA

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Content outline:

  • Values + committed action 
  • The ACT Matrix
  • My ACTion Plan

Learning Objectives: Participants at this event will

  1. Describe how to implement values procedures with children with autism.
  2. Describe how to implement the ACT matrix with children with autism.
  3. Describe how to implement My ACTion Plan with children with autism.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.5 Learning BACB CEU’s per session (included with purchase)
  • 4.5 Learning BACB CEU’s for the series (included with purchase)
  • $30 to attend single session, or $75 for the full series
    • Includes access to the recording 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 continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

 

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