Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshop (January 2017)

The Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA) is very pleased to host a two-day Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Workshop on Friday, January 20th, and Saturday, January 21st. The events scheduled for both days with be lead by Dr. Michael Bordieri, an Assistant Professor, Licensed Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist in Kentucky. Attendees should sign-up early, as registration for both days has been capped at 125 registrants on Friday and 50 registrants on Saturday.

To register for one or both days please visit our Eventbrite Page.

Reduced Registration Rates

The Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis is offering its members reduced registration rates for this event. If you are not yet a member for 2017 and wish to join us, please visit our membership page to purchase your annual 2017 membership before registering for this event.

Continuing Eucation Units

At no additional cost, attendees to Friday and Saturday's events will be given the opportunity to accumulate 6 BACB Type II CEUs, for a total of 12 CEUs. 


Founders Union Building
The University of Louisville - Shelby Campus
450 N. Whittington Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222



Increasing Parent, Teacher, and Staff Commitment to Behavior Change Procedures

Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA

One of the most common difficulties experienced by behavior analysts is that our behavior intervention and support plans are not always implemented correctly and consistently by parents, teachers, and staff members. This workshop will explore common topographies of non-adherence as well as the possible functions that maintain these behaviors. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role private events play in non-adherence, including thoughts (e.g., “this plan won’t work in my classroom”) and emotions (e.g., the distress of seeing your child upset when implementing an extinction procedure). Using this functional assessment as a guide, this workshop will identify a variety of antecedent and consequence based strategies to increase stakeholders’ commitment to behavior change procedures. In addition to core behavioral analytic strategies, this workshop will also introduce the use of contemporary behavioral approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to address common private events that interfere with behavior change. Recent behavioral research regarding treatment integrity and behavioral accounts of language will be discussed to support workshop objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common functional relationships responsible for behavior plan non-adherence and describe the role private events play in non-adherence.
  • Describe and implement antecedent and consequence based strategies to increase stakeholders’ commitment to behavior change procedures.
  • Integrate behavioral components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into the behavior analytic repertoire.
  • Summarize recent behavioral research regarding treatment integrity and contemporary behavioral accounts of language, and relate these findings to practice settings.



A Behavior Analytic Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence based approach for improving psychological functioning and reducing impairment associated with a variety of psychological disorders. While ACT is most commonly trained as psychotherapy, its philosophical and empirical roots are grounded in the behavior analytic tradition. This workshop will explore ACT from a behavior analytic perspective with a focus on how ACT processes and techniques can empower behavior analysts to address private events while keeping within their scope of practice. An emphasis will be placed on reviewing behavioral research supporting the core tenets of ACT as well as on facilitating experiential contact with core ACT processes through exercises and role-plays.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the philosophical, theoretical, and empirical foundations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and identify similarities between these foundations and the behavior analytic tradition.
  • Evaluate behavior analytic accounts of core ACT processes and discuss basic and applied behavioral research that supports ACT.
  • Practice core ACT techniques and processes via experiential exercises and role-plays.


Presenter Biography

Dr. Michael Bordieri is an assistant professor of psychology at Murray State University. He earned a M.S. in behavior analysis and therapy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to earn his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Mississippi. He is a board certified behavior analyst and licensed as a behavior analyst and psychologist in Kentucky. His clinical work focuses on acceptance and mindfulness based behavioral treatments across a broad range of presenting problems and populations. His research interests broadly fall under the umbrella of translational work linking acceptance and mindfulness treatment components to basic behavioral processes. More specifically, he is interested in the development and refinement of Relational Frame Theory (RFT) based behavioral measures that target processes posited by the psychological flexibility model.