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3-Day ACT Workshop

Clinical Application of ACT for Behaviour Analysts:

3-Day Intensive Course


Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D

Date: 26th - 28th February 2020

Time: 9-5pm each day



Join Dr. Evelyn Gould for a 3-day intensive training course in the clinical application of ACT for ABA practitioners. This workshop is designed to provide practitioners with ‘hands-on’ training in assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, implementation, trouble-shooting, and treatment evaluation from an ACT perspective. An introduction to the underlying philosophical and theoretical roots of ACT will be provided, however, the focus of this training will be on clinical skill building and the application of ACT alongside more traditional ABA strategies. The workshop will also emphasize the importance of establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with families, and engaging in self-practice for behaviour analysts. Participants will learn skills and techniques they can use within their everyday work, while still staying within their scope of practice. Training will include didactic presentation, modeling and role-play, with active practice opportunities for participants to apply and receive feedback on new skills. The workshop will include individual, small group and large group exercises, and there will be opportunities for participants to present case examples and engage in case consultation with peers and the trainer.


Day 1

  • Session 1: Introduction to ACT (RGB, RFT, Private Events)
    • Morning Break
  • Session 2: ACT assessment and case conceptualization 1
    • Lunch Break
  • Session 3: ACT assessment and case conceptualization 2
    • Afternoon Break
  • Session 4: Writing treatment goals and assessing progress

 Day 2

  • Session 1: ACT basics: Establishing the therapeutic alliance
    • Morning Break
  • Session 2: ACT basics: Shaping Curiosity and Broad Purposeful Attention
    • Lunch Break
  • Session 3: ACT basics: Increasing Willingness and Motivation
    • Afternoon Break
  • Session 4: ACT basics: Strengthening Flexibility and Persistence

Day 3

  • Session 1: Recap and Questions
    • Morning Break
  • Session 2: Putting it all together: Case Examples with Practice
    • Lunch Break
  • Session 3: Putting it all together: Case Examples with Practice
    • Afternoon Break
  • Session 4: Advanced ACT Skills (Avoiding common pitfalls; trouble-shooting)
  • Wrap up


Evelyn Gould, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, 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 provides residential level of care for children and adolescents struggling with treatment refractory OCD and related disorders. The program emphasizes evidence-based behavioral interventions, including ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Dr. Gould also continues to collaborate with FirstSteps for Kids in Los Angeles, providing clinical consultation, mentorship, and training to staff working with families of children with autism in ABA programs. Evelyn has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with ASD (and their families) across settings, and has fulfilled a variety of clinical, training, and research roles in the USA, UK, and N. Ireland over the years. Evelyn remains passionate about the provision of high-quality clinical services for families, and the dissemination of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Gould is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, and an Editorial Board Member for Behavior Analysis in Practice. Evelyn is also actively involved in a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and is a current board member of the ABAI ACT SIG and the Women in ACBS SIG.

This workshop is joint venture by ABA Australia and Allambi Care.


Come join us at this beautiful location to expand your understanding of ACT with time for role plays and feedback to ensure you your skills will transfer from the workshop back to your practice.

Morning and Afternoon tea and lunch provided in the ticket costs.

Free CEU for all ABA Australia members

Member Ticket


3-day workshop

Must be a current member of ABA Australia

Non-Member Ticket


3-day workshop

Getting There

Allambi Care
25 Fraser Parade
Charlestown, NSW, 2290

Allambi Care is located approximately 153 km north of Sydney.

From Sydney CBD it is approximately a 2 hour car trip to Charlestown.

Public transportation from Sydney CBD to Charlestown is approximately a 3 hour trip involving a train from Central station in Sydney to Cardiff station and then bus ride.


There are a number of hotels near Allambi Care to choose from, please find accommodation that suits your needs.

As parking is limited at Allambi Care, we will have a free shuttle service from the Best Western Plus and Rydges Newcastle to Allambi Care each day of the workshop.

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