Functional Contextualism & Ableism: What We Say Reveals How We Think by Katelyn Kendrick



Participants will be introduced to the philosophical assumptions of functional contextualism, relational frame theory, and ableism. In addition, we will use the ACT Hexaflex to explore how psychological flexibility can increase our awareness of how we use language, what contexts we use language in, and how this can relate to ableism and internalized ableism.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how ableism fits into a functional contextualistic framework
  • Explore how language shapes our worldview, particularly as it relates to ableism
  • Contextualize internal ableism and explore personal experience with it


Katelyn (Katie) E. Kendrick (they/them) is a neurodiversity-affirming Board Certified Behavior Analyst/senior clinician for an early-intervention, pediatric developmental therapy clinic in the north Denver-Metro region. In 2015, they received a B.A. in History with a concentration in US History and a minor in Education from The University of California, Riverside. In 2017, they graduated with a M.Ed. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. They have worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2013, serving as an RBT from 2015-2019, and have been certified as a BCBA since early 2019. Since 2008, Katelyn has been involved in advocacy movements, first inspired by marriage equality and the passage of Prop 8 in California. Since then, they have become involved with DEI related endeavors with various behavior analytic professional organizations (Association for Contextual Behavioral Science) and community theatre organizations in the Denver-metro region. They currently serve as the Ethics Chair for their organization and serve on the DEI committee. Katelyn lives their life at the intersection of multiple identities including being neurodivergent, disabled, bisexual, and a non-binary femme.

Cost: $40

CEU: 1 general

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate