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Suicide Prevention Workshop/Webinar with Kent Corso, PsyD, BCBA-D


Dr. Kent A. Corso is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. His career in suicidology and primary care behavioral health began almost two decades ago, while serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Corso has researched, developed programs and trained others to implement evidence-based programs nationally and internationally. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on suicide and is a leading expert in novel scientific methods and digital technologies for analyzing variables and patterns associated with suicide. 


Never in history has a country, state or community suppressed the suicide rate and maintained that low rate for several years. Whether it is operationalized as a public health problem or a series of inner behaviors resulting in a fatal overt behavior, we have not developed operational control over this variable – nor the antecedent variables which reliably precede suicide. Suicides have gradually climbed to over 45,000 deaths/year, 22.4 suicides per 100,000 residents and it remains one of the top 10 causes of death (CDC, 2019). A recent study found mental health professionals less willing to treat patients with suicidal symptoms due to therapists’ self-identified lack of training and resources. Less than 50% of graduate training programs in mental health provide formal instruction on suicide risk assessment, and such training equals 90 minutes on average. No comparative data are available on the behavior analytic community’s attitudes toward and training on suicidal clients. This two-hour course meets the ethics requirements for Nevada behavior analysts and exceeds the minimum average training that most mental health professional receive in graduate school. Through didactics, discussion, video and skills practice, learners will increase their competence, confidence and comfort managing suicidal clients. Learners will develop the most contemporary skills in evidence-based risk assessment, management and clinical decision making.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this learning activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discriminate between death thoughts and suicidal thoughts.

  2. Conduct an evidence-based risk assessment in 15 minutes or less.

  3. Integrate this knowledge to develop a crisis response plan with a client.

Dr. Emily Sandoz

Reworking Talk Therapy: How ACT as Clinical Behavior Analysis Enhances Language-Based Interventions for Meaningful Behavior Change

Behavior analysts have long been interested in both: (1) private events and their functional relationships with overt behavior, and (2) how behavior analysis might explain the effectiveness of talk therapy. For example, currently this interest is renewed by the return of ACT, a talk therapy that developed as clinical behavior analysis. As ACT dissemination became increasingly successful, however, the behaviorist philosophical and theoretical roots became less and less salient.

This talk will focus on the problem with this departure of ACT from clinical behavior analysis, and how a basic behavior analytic framework might be applied to improve the effectiveness and meaningfulness of any language-based intervention.

Learning Objectives:
1: To describe two implications of functional contextualism for language-based behavioral intervention.
2: To describe three implications of clinical behavior analysis for language-based behavioral intervention.
3: To track language-based behavioral interventions by tracking context, behavior, and functional relationships between context and behavior.