Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #139
CE Offered: BACB — 
A Behavior Analyst Guide to Self-Care
Saturday, May 26, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom C
Area: PRA/CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Karen Chung, M.A.
Chair: Bahijah D. Sheibanee (Bedrock Clinic & Research Center; Rider University)
KAREN CHUNG (Special Learning, Inc.)
NICOLE J. POSTMA (Positive Behavior Supports Corp.)

Self-care is a term discussed scarcely enough in psychological practice, but is rarely discussed among behavior analytic practitioners. Trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue are widely studied in other fields similar to behavior analysis. These concepts have significant impacts on client care and therapist well-being, so why aren't we discussing this more often? This panel aims to discuss these concepts in behavior analytic practice and further the discussion on a potentially ugly but necessary truth of behavior analytic practitioners.

Target Audience:

Our target audience are BCBA's that are seeking to learn more about the important components of self-care in our field and how to embed as part of being a practitioner and supervisor.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the panel discussion the audience should be able to : 1) Identify possible trauma in their supervisees 2) Identify possible trauma in themselves 3) Understand how to place the appropriate antecedent interventions in place to prevent burn out.
Keyword(s): self-care, ethics



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