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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Workshop #W60
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysis and Workplace Well-Being: Re-Thinking the Way We Work and Live
Friday, May 24, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich F
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Gianna Biscontini, M.Ed.
Description: Burnout, high turnover rates, heavy clinical loads, long working hours and other stress-evoking workplace variables are becoming a scar on the field of clinical behavior analysis, detracting potential practitioners from entering and advancing the field while also resulting in illness and other high costs for businesses serving populations in need. Moreover, the need and desire for behavior analysts to expand upon their skill sets to serve other populations is greater than ever. The purpose of this workshop is to combine the evidence-based research from behavior analysis and OBM with rigorous studies on workplace health and data from organizational psychology to: 1) translate research from outside our field into behavior analytic terms, 2) offer behavior-based retention and productivity solutions to those in management, supervisory or director positions, 3) expose behavior analysts to novel topics and 4) discuss ways in which the field of clinical behavior analysis might become more productive and protective over the health of its practitioners. Content has peer-reviewed, published support beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach. This topic is innovative in its application but well-founded in its science. Framing outside content within the principles of behavior analysis provides a familiar setting for behavior analysts tasked with mission-crticial roles such as growing employees, teams and businesses. Risks involved are low; the potential benefits of collaboration and learning far outweigh any unlikely, undesired consequences. Content is limited to this workshop and should be considered a starting point from which teams and agencies can further analyze and build upon behavior-based solutions in their own companies.
Learning Objectives: Participants will assemble an operational definition of workplace wellbeing and a health-centric workplace. Participants will develop data collection systems and analyze common three-term contingencies that evoke stress-related behaviors in the workplace. Participants will define potential replacement behaviors and/or environmental modifications to increase retention, productivity and discretionary effort.
Activities: Workshop objective will be met through a combination of video, small group discussions, lecture and individual worksheets that accumulate content for a synthesized action plan.
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Leadership, Performance Management, Self-care, Wellness



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