This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Clinician's Guide to Stimulus Control

In this entertaining and clinically relevant two-part classic talk from 2009, Kelly Wilson takes you through the basics of behavioral theory to help you select interventions that target relevant controlling variables. 

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Define respondent and operant conditioning
  • Apply these concepts to clinical examples
  • Describe when mindfulness, acceptance, exposure and defusion might be particularly indicated


Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University at Mississippi and directs the University of Mississippi Center for Contextual Psychology. He is Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Representative-at-Large of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and is one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Wilson has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for 25 years, publishing 46 articles, 36 chapters, and 10 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 2ed, Mindfulness for Two: The Place of Mindfulness in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and his most recent effort The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse. He has central interests in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning, values, therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness. Dr. Wilson has presented workshops in 31 countries, and has participated as co-investigator in a wide range of research projects in the U.S. and around the world.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1.5 CE credits for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.



Past Reviews

I really appreciated the application to sitting in the room and working with the client when you see a change in their presentation. - Renee Sanguinetti

A well articulated review of a contextual behavioral framework. - Anonymous