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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #392
CE Offered: BACB
Putting Into Practice: Practical Strategies for Creating a Compassionate Context in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Monday, May 29, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2A
Area: DDA/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Janani Vaidya, M.A.
Chair: Janani Vaidya (National Louis University)
HANNAH KAPLAN-REIMER (Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group; reSOURCE)

Since Taylor, Leblanc, and Nosik’s (2018) call for compassion as well as the addition of “treat[ing] others with compassion” as one of the core foundational principles that behavior analysts use to interpret and apply the standards in the code (BACB, 2020), greater emphasis is being placed on fostering such practices in Applied Behavior Analytic settings. Now that compassionate care is garnering greater attention in the field (Leblanc et al., 2020; Rohrer et al., 2021; Sadavoy & Zube, 2021; Slim & Reuter Yuill, 2021), it is essential that we continue to focus on this increasingly relevant perspective. To maintain momentum in moving toward more compassionate contexts, we must identify components of practices that function as such, consider how to implement suggested strategies, and continue to innovate and shape effective approaches. This panel will speak to some of the recent work that assumes a compassionate perspective including the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment (Whelan et al., 2021) as well as how this technology supports practitioners to continue building rapport and therapeutic alliance while empowering learners by teaching skills (Rajaraman et al., 2021; Staubitz et al., 2022). The panel will also discuss how to structure written programs, data collection systems, and Functional Behavior Assessments in a manner that supports compassionate behavior and practice. Further, the panel will review self-compassion practices from a behavior analytic, function-based perspective as a tool for facilitating compassionate therapeutic relationships and for maintaining compassionate contexts.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Practitioners, RBTs, BCBAs, Trainers, Supervisors

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Explain how the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Training function to supports a compassionate therapeutic relationship; (2) Describe how to structure programs, data collection, and assessment summaries to facilitate compassionate contexts for practitioners and learners; (3) Orient themselves to self-compassionate practices to foster greater compassion in educational and therapeutic settings.
Keyword(s): Compassion, Self-Compassion



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