The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Group

  1. Who we are?

We are professionals who practice in a range of settings, and we are all using Behaviour Analysis to help people alter behaviours in a wide variety of populations.


  1. What is our Special Interest?

We are interested in learning more about using ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy / Training) in our existing practices. ACT offers a set of tools that are consistent with the seven dimensions of ABA (Baer, Wolf and Risley, 1968) and gives us new ways to approach behavioural rigidity and improve psychological flexibility.

ACT is rooted in Relational Frame Theory (RFT), an empirical foundation which seeks to explain how humans learn to relate to the world around them. RFT investigates the ways we produce such rich verbal behaviour, and how we interact with others’ and our own.

Importantly, ACT places the work we do as practitioners who use the principles of Behaviour Analysis into the broader context of promoting change at an individual and wider level. Connecting with our values, we aim to practice ACT by sharing our deepest sense of caring, respect and compassion with others.

We are using the tools from ACT with:

  • Parents and carers of individuals with additional needs
  • Individuals with ASD
  • Care staff and other professionals who work with individuals with disabilities, ASD and/or additional needs
  • Teachers and other school staff, and their pupils
  1. What are our group's aims for 2022?

We are hoping to relaunch the SIG with a UK SBA members SIG Facebook page where we can form a community of behaviour analysts with an interest in ACT.  We aim to engage with our SIG members to organize to meet and decide on the direction of the SIG as a group using the Prosocial framework.


  1. How can you get involved?

Members of the SIG need to be members of the UK-SBA to take part in our activities and webinars, attend meetings, access training resources, earn CEUs when applicable, and benefit from other learning and reflective experiences. They can contribute to peer conversations by sharing resources, learning experiences and reflecting on their own practice.


  1. Contact Us

For more information or to join the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy SIG you can email Gina Skourti and
Natalie Savage via [email protected]


join our Facebook page and learn more about ACT:   UK SBA ACT Special Interest Group Facebook Page


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