Conference 2019

AlphaBee is excited to host

Dr. Thomas G. Szabo, PhD., BCBA-D, ACT Trainer

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Behaviour Analysts

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Private Events but Were Afraid to Ask

This exciting 2 day conference is a great opportunity to learn more about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at an introductory level.

The main workshops on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 will run from 8:30 - 4:30 and will cover the main areas of learning.

For those who are interested in collecting ethics and supervision CEUs there will be interactive evening sessions from 5:00 - 7:30 each day as well.

More information call 416 367 5968 or email

Main Workshop

15 Type 2 CEUs

Have you ever wondered how applied behavior analysts might respond to an individual’s private events while staying within our scope of practice and maintaining the highest levels of scientific rigor? Consider these snapshots:

Now on a broader scale: has it ever bugged you that people are always telling us to “Save the world with behavior analysis,” but no one is asking behavior analysts to help solve problems of deep social significance? For example, how many times have clients come to you to help them deal with bigoted behavior, traumatic events, sexual violence, or bullying? And if they did, do you have the professional skills to handle such conversations with compassion and caringly bring your client’s focus under the control of relevant contingencies of reinforcement?

Applied behavior analysts have developed potent technologies for igniting socially significant behavioral change in a variety of settings. This workshop brings to behavior analysts new tools with which to establish the need for, occasion, and reinforce responding that is sensitive to changes in the prevailing contingencies of reinforcement. The workshop will examine the practical tools and basic science undergirding acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and how you might be able to make use of ACT strategies in your practice, while staying close to the BACB Task List 4th/5th edition and the scope of practice as outlined by Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968).

Specifically, Dr. Szabo will provide:

  1. Practical training on how to use ACT procedures to help people spend less time struggling with private events and more time engaging in behavior that accomplishes important outcomes. This applies to higher functioning children with autism, their parents, teachers, to yourself, and to the staff that you work with.
  2. In depth, accessible coverage of the major lines of basic human operant research that led to the development of relational frame theory and ACT: rule insensitivity, delay discounting, equivalence, and relational framing.
  3. Clear definitions of the focuses of ACT that are appropriate for behavior analysts versus those that are better left to those in psychotherapy and counseling fields.

Note: this workshop is not about treating psychological disorders. It is about helping behavior analysts address a fuller range of human behavior and, in doing so, help clients, clients’ parents, and behavior analysts themselves, to be more effective in achieving their daily goals.

Participants will

Optional Evening Workshops:

3 Ethics Type 2 CEUs and 3 Supervision Type 2 CEUs

ACT for Behavior Analysis: An Ethics Workshop

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACTraining) began as a modality of talk therapy that in recent years has been adapted to fit the scope of practice of applied behavior analysts. The line that separates ACT psychotherapy and ACTraining should be clearly drawn for behavior analysts learning to use this technology. Practitioners need clear guidance on issues pertaining to their scope of practice and scope of competence. In this evening session, we will outline ACTraining strategies for prevention and intervention, discussing each in light of the BACB Task List 4th/5th editions, Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968), and the BACB Model ACT for Licensing Behavior Analysts.

Participants will

ACT for Behavior Analysts: A Supervision Workshop

Behavior analysts get stuck when approaching staff members, parents, supervisors, and other professionals. Some work in varied settings such as business, hospitals, or government, where the behavior analyst’s status is low and the pressure to accede to non-databased decisions can be high. Many useful strategies for managing staff that work in these contexts can be gleaned from the pages of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. A newer class of interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Training, involves teaching staff effective ways to manage their own behavior when there is pressure to persist or change in unworkable ways. In this workshop, we will address staff avoidance of difficult interactions with colleagues using behavioral skills training plus role-plays. The pace will be fast and the situations will be highly charged. This is the BST equivalent to intensive backhand and service drills before a tennis match. With these drills behind you, you will have the repertoires needed to offer staff coaching that leads to improved client outcomes.

Participants will

The conference is designed for those who have or are pursuing BCBA/BCaBA, teachers, therapists, and others whose role it is to use ABA to design & implement programming to decrease inappropriate behaviours and increase skill acquisition of individuals with autism.

About Dr. Szabo

His Website

Dr. Szabo received his doctoral degree from University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 under the combined mentorship of W. Larry Williams and Steven C. Hayes. He currently works for Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) where he pioneered the Hybrid Master of Arts Program in Professional Behavior Analysis, and where he has graduated 30 students to date. Dr. Szabo’s primary research interests are in relational frame theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, and rule governed behavior. He provides behavioral training to therapists in Sierra Leone who work with men engaging in gender-based violence. Dr. Szabo serves on the editorial boards of the Behavior Development Bulletin and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Conference Location

The main conference will be held at the Crystal Grand Banquet Hall.

The evening sessions location is TBA.

2110 Dundas Street East,

Mississauga, ON L4X 1L9

905 277 2800

Conference rate includes breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, coffee & tea and dinner for the evening sessions.

Conference Rates

Main Workshop Only Workshop + Evening Sessions
Early Bird
(until Feb 22, 2019)
Regular Rate Early Bird
(until Feb 22, 2019)
Regular Rate
$300.00+HST $325.00+HST $375.00+HST $400.00+HST

Group discount rate:

Groups of 5 or more 5%.

Groups of 10 or more 10%.

*all registrations must be received together to qualify