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Why Behavioral Science Has Failed Us and What Can Be Done About It

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Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.
1 Hour 02 Minutes
Mar 11, 2022
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The codeveloper of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and of Process-Based Therapy, Steven C. Hayes has authored nearly 50 books, including a #1 bestselling self-help book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life as well as A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters. He’s also a popular speaker, whose Ted Talks and blogs have nearly three million views. A former president of multiple psychology and behavioural science associations, he’s among the most cited psychologists in the world, and his many professional honours include a Lifetime Achievement Award from ABCT.

Now, according to Hayes, behavioural science has failed practitioners. For nearly 150 years, the public conversation about mental and behavioural health has been dominated by concepts of what’s “normative.” Therapists are forced to learn lists of signs and symptoms of what supposedly determines wellness and illness, and of supposed latent diseases, which ultimately never turn out to be actual diseases. In the end, this data tells them little to nothing about the trajectories of the lives in front of them. The field indulges this way of working, which is then reified in our culture whenever we publicly discuss psychiatric disorders, personality, intelligence, and psychometric assessment.

In this recording, Hayes will show why this approach is a scientific lie—a “forever failure” that’s provably false. He’ll explain the shocking truth about how and why this has happened—and what can be done about it. And he’ll introduce a new, “idionomic” approach to diagnosis and case-conceptualization that can redefine evidence-based therapy to be far more relevant to the actual world of clinical practice—and fairer to the people we hope to serve.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is the developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), best-selling author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life and Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 32 books and over 400 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed ACT as a way of correcting these processes. Dr. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
His popular book Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life was featured in Time magazine among several other major media outlets, and for a time was the number one best-selling self-help book in the United States. Dr. Hayes and the book were also part of the inspiration behind the Guy Ritchie movie Revolver (2005).
Dr. Hayes speaks internationally on acceptance and mindfulness and is one of the world's most influential clinical psychologists. His seminars are captivating, motivating and inspiring. Learning ACT will change your clinical work and your life.

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Financial: Dr. Steven Hayes has an employment relationship with the University of Nevada. He is the President of the Institute for Better Health and the research director at Praxis Continuing Education and Training. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Hayes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Steven Hayes is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Society, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Association for Behavioral Analysis International. He is a member of the PROSOCIAL Executive Committee.

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  1. Describe the limitations of a latent disease model and the current understanding of evidence-based therapy.
  2. Develop a functional analysis based on network theory.
  3. Appraise the development of process-based therapies.


  • How the use of statistics has failed the behavioral sciences
  • Where the field of behavioral science went wrong
  • A new way of conceptualizing clinical problems
  • Re-defining evidence-based therapy

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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