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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #261
CE Offered: BACB/NASP — 
Fostering Relationships With Family Members: Compassionate Care in Applied Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 26, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, St. Gallen 1-3
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D.
Chair: Bridget A. Taylor (Alpine Learning Group)
LINDA A. LEBLANC (LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting LLC)
EVELYN RACHAEL GOULD (McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School; FirstSteps for Kids, Inc.)
KATE E. MASSEY (Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers University)

Within certain areas of healthcare, it has been documented that treating patients with compassion and empathy can have important benefits, such as increasing patient satisfaction, enhancing adherence to treatment, and improving clinical outcomes. While current empirical support for these outcomes is mixed (Kirby, Tellegen & Steindl, 2017), there is increasing scientific interest in the benefits of compassionate care. Behavior analysts have recently begun to articulate the importance of attending to relationships in our clinical work. For example, Taylor, LeBlanc and Nosik (2018) proposed that clinical outcomes of clients may be enhanced by improving relationships with caregivers. The panel will review survey data documenting parent perception of compassionate care by behavior analysts, as well as behavior analysts’ impressions of training needs in this area. Panelists will present their respective clinical and or research programs that incorporate compassionate care, such as ACT in parent training, and staff training programs to increase the therapeutic relationship skills of BCBA’s. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with panelists.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Target audience is Master or Doctoral Level clinicians, BCBAs or BCBA-Ds.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to 1. Identify components of the BACB ethical code related to building therapeutic relationships with parents. 2. Identify curriculum components that can be incorporated into a comprehensive training program to teach these skills. 3. State the potential positive impact therapeutic relationship skills could have on client outcomes.



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