Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #252
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
Compassion-Focused Applied Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 29, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 258B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jonathan J. Tarbox, Ph.D.
Chair: Kristine Rodriguez (Autism Learning Partners and Endicott College)
GREGORY P. HANLEY (FTF Behavioral Consulting)
NASIAH CIRINCIONE-ULEZI (ULEZI, LLC; Pivot 2 Inclusion; Capella University)
JONATHAN J. TARBOX (University of Southern California; FirstSteps for Kids)
Abstract: Recent literature has called our profession toward a re-focus of expanded social validity and more robust compassion repertoires. This work poises professionals working in Applied Behavior Analysis to become increasingly effective in serving the world, across populations and areas of emphasis. This is particularly necessary work for behavior analysts who serve in healthcare/helping profession sectors, such as those who work within autism services, but expanding compassion focused-ABA beyond client and caregiver to compassion repertoires toward colleagues and ourselves makes this emphasis universally applicable for addressing problems of great social significance. This panel will explore committed actions behavior analysts can adopt today to infuse compassionate practices into our interactions with clients, caregivers, colleagues, and with ourselves. Panelists will highlight existing tools and resources within the literature, as well as new directions for compassion-focused ABA. In particular, panelists will discuss more compassionate procedures for functional analysis of challenging behavior, extinction, avoiding behavioral escalation, and procedures for honoring assent in treatment.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Practicing behavior analysts
Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to define compassion behavior analytically Attendees will be able to describe common ABA procedures that are often not perceived as compassionate Attendees will be able to describe simple changes to make our everyday procedures more compassionate
Keyword(s): assent, compassion, ethics, extinction



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