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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #161
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Compassionate Online Education in a Post-COVID-19 World
Saturday, May 29, 2021
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: TBA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Dipti Mudgal, Ph.D.
Chair: Laura L. Dudley (Northeastern University)
DIPTI MUDGAL (Ball State University)
VERONICA J. HOWARD (University of Alaska Anchorage)
ROBYN M. CATAGNUS (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Compassion is showing concern for others who are experiencing suffering. In recent years, an emphasis has been placed on “compassionate care” within healthcare, and some studies have suggested that an empathetic approach to patient care may lead to improved outcomes as well as increased social validity. ABAI’s recent Presidential Address highlighted compassionate behavior analysis as a guiding core principle. Over the past year, we have faced numerous challenges, including a deadly virus, racism, violence, natural disasters, fiscal worries, political unrest, and rising mental health issues. Given these challenges, a compassionate approach within healthcare and education seems more necessary now than ever. With the necessary migration of graduate education to online formats, the absence of human connection emphasizes the need for compassionate education and support. How can we, as behavior analysts, incorporate compassionate practices into how we mentor, teach and train graduate students in an online format? In this panel, we will discuss various methods for weaving compassion into our teaching, mentoring, and advising of students. This discussion will focus on curriculum, communication, administration, and organizational systems. Panelists will describe their experiences and recommendations to support students in this ever-changing world.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Graduate students and faculty of online ABA programs.

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to understand what compassionate education should include. 2. Participants will be able to tailor online education to meet the needs of students. 3. Participants will be able to list ways programs and administration can provide compassionate online education.
Keyword(s): COVID-19, Diversity, Online education



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