06/04-05 and 14-19/2022: ACBS World Conference San Francisco

ACBS World Conference San Francisco

What is the World Conference? The World Conference brings together clinicians and researchers to present cutting-edge research in, among other modalities, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and Contextual Behavioral Science, as well as experienced trainers to lead experiential workshops so that you can learn how to better serve your clients.

Presented by: Plenary Speakers: Stephen Porges,Ph.D.; Louise Barrett, Ph.D.; Patrick Friman, Ph.D. APBB; Rhonda Magee, M.A., J.D.; Siri Ming, Ph.D., BCBA-D; and Miranda Morris, Ph.D., and invited speakers: Lynn Farrell, PhD.; Julia H Fiebig, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC-I, Certified CRAFT clinician; Tahcita M. Mizael, Ph.D.; and Brian Pilecki, Ph.D.,through the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Contact: Abbie at support@contextualscience.org

Event web site: https://contextualscience.org/wc2022#

Location: San Francisco Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA, and online

Session dates: 

Pre-Conference intensive, virtual, 2 day workshops: June 4-15, 2022
Pre-Conference intensive, in-person, 2 day workshops: June 14-15, 2022
Conference sessions: June 16-19, 2022 (concluding mid-day on June 19)

Session times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (UTC/GMT-7/PDT)

Target audience: psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, drug counselors, health researchers, language researchers, behavior analysts, teachers, organizational psychologists, students and more…. Anyone in a similarly related helping or research field is invited to attend.

Course credit hours: CEs are available; for details, see https://contextualscience.org/wc2022_ce_credits. Additional fees are required for certificates that track the number of hours you attend ($12) and CE credits ($65). These fees cover all eligible sessions from 4-19 June 2022 and their recordings. You only need to pay the fee once to earn a certificate for all events you attend.

Price: all is USD

In-person rates:

professional: $699.00 (ending 26 May) and $749 onsite

student: $369.00 (ending 26 May) and $419 onsite 

professional, non-member: $769.00 (ending 26 May) and $819 onsite

Student, non-member: $399.00 (ending 26 May) and $449.00 onsite

Prices include boxed lunches on 16-17 June, as well as morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks each day (7 total), and a general certificate of attendance. Discounted rates are available for professionals in Emerging Economy nations and will automatically be applied when you register.

In-person Conference registration includes access to all sessions presented in San Francisco (16-19 June) and all content available to virtual attendees. 

Virtual Conference registration rates:

professional: tier 1: $249.00; tier 2: $119.00; tier 3: $25.00

student: tier 1: $119.00; tier 2: $79.00; tier 3: $15.00 

professional, non-member: tier 1: $319.00; tier 2: $189.00; tier 3: $55.00

Student, non-member: tier 1: $149.00; tier 2: $109.00; tier 3: $30.00

Registration tiers are based on one’s country of residence. Find virtual pricing tiers here, https://contextualscience.org/wc2022virtual_registration_tiers. All Virtual Conference rates increase by $20.00 after 09 June 2022

Format:  Available content: 

In-person registration:

-programming will include (10-15 tracks of content, approximately 115-160 sessions)

-ability to earn CEs for different disciplines, as available

-access to all content available to our virtual attendees during the conference and for three months after the conference (until 15 September 2022)

Virtual Conference registration:

-registration gives you access to live presentations delivered 16-19 June 2022 from approximately 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (UTC/GMT-7/PDT)

-one live, virtual stream of all the presentations happening on the main stage in San Francisco, 16-18 June 2022 (approximately 15 sessions; one per time slot, 16-18 June)

-one additional completely virtual track will be held concurrently with the in-person event (virtual presenters and attendees) (approximately 11 sessions, 16-19 June)

-one live session (happening on the main stage or virtual track), will be simultaneously translated into Spanish in the virtual platform (approximately 17 sessions; one per time slot, 16-19 June)

-videos (Powerpoint and audio only) of 5 additional rooms of content being presented in San Francisco will be recorded and made available on the conference platform for on-demand viewing within approximately 96 hours of presentations (approximately 55 sessions)

-any accepted and pre-recorded sessions provided by our presenters for on-demand viewing

-all accepted and received posters

-SIG and Chapter managed Zoom networking sessions

-ability to interact with other virtual attendees via live chat

-ability to earn CEs for different disciplines, as available

-access to all of the live and recorded content above for three months after the conference (until 15 September 2022)

IPNB Conference Content: Polyvagal Theory: A Science of Safety

Plenary (9:00 AM – 10:15 AM)

Components: Original data

Categories: Evolutionary behavioral science, Trauma, Attachment, Anxiety, Social Behavior

Target Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Location: Grand Ballroom

Stephen Porges, Ph.D., Indiana University



Humans, as social mammals, are on a quest for safety. The need to feel safe is the prepotent survival related motivator impacting on all aspects of human experience by biasing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Threat reactions not only disrupt cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functions but also compromise the basic homeostatic physiological functions supporting health, growth, and restoration. Without feeling safe, the nervous system is unable to optimize the regulation of visceral organs with the consequential damage to organs leading to observable and diagnosable organ disease and failure. A profound need to survive triggers a complex genetically programmed portfolio of physiological reactions and behaviors to cues of threat and safety. The talk will illustrate that feeling safe has a physiological signature, which is a product of our evolutionary history in which the autonomic nervous system was repurposed to support sociality. The theory provides the basis to understand sociality as the mutual expression of cues of safety that lead to behavioral and physiological co-regulation. Thus, the power of feelings safe with others enables sociality to function as a neuromodulator of the autonomic nervous system leading to more optimal mental and physical health.


Educational Objectives: 

1. Apply Polyvagal Theory to demystify several clinical symptoms related to psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., PTSD, autism, depression, and anxiety disorders).

2. Explain how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of several behavioral and psychiatric disorders.

3. Describe a neural process (neuroception) that evaluates risk in the environment triggering adaptive neural circuits to promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors.

Conference schedule: go to https://contextualscience.org/wc2022_gen_schedule


Jun 04 - 19 2022


9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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