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The 7th Annual BCBA Conference

Evelyn Gould, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABALearning to Thrive: Enhancing Outcomes for Children and Adolescents with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Friday, September 27th, 9:00-3:45pm
(check-in begins at 8:30am)

Registration cost: $150 (Devereux employee rate: $55, email continuingeducation@devereux.org for discount code)

This course is most appropriate for BCBAs, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.


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  • Three decades of research into human language and cognition have demonstrated that many forms of human suffering arise from normal language processes, such as problematic rule-following and derived relational responding. A better understanding of the role of both verbal and direct environmental contingencies might allow practitioners to develop more effective interventions for children and families.

    This workshop will present Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a behavior analytic, developmentally sensitive approach for fostering resilience in children, and empowering families and communities to better adapt to life’s challenges and build rich and meaningful lives. Case studies will be presented, with opportunities for participants to engage in role-play and experiential exercises, and actively practice target ACT skills. Participants will explore how the ACT model can be adapted to meet the needs of children and families across a variety of educational, treatment and community contexts. Adaptations for children with specific learning challenges (such as those with ASD or ADHD) and those struggling with anxiety, OCD or other challenges will be discussed, along with strategies for effectively engaging caregivers. Finally, the training will emphasize the importance and of combining ACT with more traditional behavioral intervention strategies.

    You must attend the program in its entirety, and complete an evaluation after the event, to receive continuing education credits/hours, or a letter of attendance. If you are a Devereux employee, please contact continuingeducation@devereux.org to request a discount code that will allow you to register at a discounted cost.

  • At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Define ACT as a behavior analytic treatment approach and describe the potential benefits of integrating ACT into educational settings
    2. Describe the role of private events (e.g., maladaptive rule-following and rule-deriving) in problematic patterns of behavior across settings
    3. Describe the core components of ACT-based interventions for children and adolescents
    4. Explain the importance of considering developmental factors when working with children and adolescents from an ACT perspective
    5. Identify at least one ACT-based intervention that might be utilized by practitioners to facilitate desired behavior change in:
        (a) Children or adolescents
        (b) Parents
        (c) Practitioners or staff
    6. Identify key strategies for promoting the generalization and maintenance of treatment gains beyond the treatment setting
    7. Describe the benefits of combining traditional Applied Behavior Analytic strategies with ACT
    8. Discuss common ethical and practical challenges that can arise when attempting to integrate ACT into various treatment or educational settings
  • Evelyn Gould, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
    Dr. Evelyn Gould is a Clinical Behavior Analyst and Research Associate at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI-Jr), at McLean Hospital | Harvard Medical School. The OCDI-Jr is a residential and partial hospitalization program for children and adolescents struggling with treatment refractory OCD and related disorders.

    Evelyn has extensive experience working with families of children with autism and other learning and behavior challenges across settings and is a clinical consultant for FirstSteps for Kids in Los Angeles, and the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety in Boston. Evelyn is actively involved in research on parent and practitioner training, clinical assessment and treatment design, and behavioral interventions for parents and children. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science and is actively involved in a variety of Special Interest Groups and Task Forces within the ABAI and ACBS communities.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts: The Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research is approved to offer Type 2 continuing education units (CEU’s) to BCBA certified members. BCBA members attending the entire program and completing the program evaluation will receive 6.0 CEUs.

    Psychologists: Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health- Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health- Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Participants attending the program in its entirety and completing the program evaluation form will receive 5.0 continuing education credits for psychologists.

    Social Workers: Under 049 Pa. § Code 47.36 social workers and clinical social workers in Pennsylvania may receive credit for continuing education courses and programs accredited by the American Psychological Association.

    Certified Counselors: Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health/Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health/Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Certified counselors attending the program in its entirety and completing the program evaluation will receive 5.0 NBCC hours.

  • Location: The conference will take place in the ballroom at the Inn at Villanova. The Inn is located at 601 County Line Road in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to 9/8/19 will be permitted a full refund. Cancellations after 9/8/19, but before 9/15/19 will be subject to a 50% refund of registration costs. Cancellations made after 9/15/19 will not be eligible for a refund. Please contact continuingeducation@devereux.org with questions related to registration cancellation.

    Food services: A buffet lunch is included in the cost of your registration. Attendees are permitted to leave the grounds for lunch if they desire.

    Parking: Parking is available at the Inn at Villanova, but can be limited if other events are taking place. If possible, please consider carpooling with others attending the event.