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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #176
CE Offered: BACB
Navigating Challenging Conversations in the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis: The Stuff You Can't Find in a Textbook
Sunday, May 29, 2022
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Meeting Level 2; Room 258A
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Molly Ann McGinnis, M.Ed.
Chair: Molly Ann McGinnis (Butterfly Effects)
ASHLEY JUAREZ (Butterfly Effects)
JEFFREY F. HINE (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)

Challenging Conversations.... there is certainly no lack of these within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Whether you are mediating staff relationships, interacting with critical payor sources, or speaking with a family that just received their child's first diagnosis, learning how to handle challenging conversations in our field is often only learned through years of experience. Challenging conversations can pose undue stress, anxiety, and burnout within our field. Our goal is to address challenging situations with a solution-focused mindset while incorporating essential components like compassionate care, perspective taking, and cultural sensitivity during problem solving. In this panel we will discuss different challenging scenarios and conversations faced from the perspectives of different types of practitioners in the field of ABA and autism. The panelists will share hard-learned navigational tools to prepare you for diverse challenging scenarios and teach you how to handle these conversations with confidence.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students. 

Learning Objectives: (1) Recognize barriers during challenging conversations (2) Implementing solution-based strategies when navigating challenging conversations (3) Utilizing compassionate care, perspective taking, and cultural sensitivity during problem solving.



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