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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Workshop #W44
CE Offered: BACB — 
Compassionate Care: A Synthesis of Science and Humanity
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 154
Area: TBA/DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Hillary Laney, M.Ed.
EMILY WADE (Tropical Behavioral Services/Positive Behavior Supports), HILLARY LANEY (Centria Autism)
Description: What do you do when the traditional approaches to challenging behavior aren't resulting in effective and generalizable treatment outcomes? Applied Behavior Analysis has demonstrated the utility of compassionate and trauma informed care through multiple replications of research. Practitioners in the field have increasingly begun to seek out these methods to prioritize clients' emotional, mental, and physical safety in their treatments. Other fields of psychology have also developed compatible and complimentary evidence-based practices which can be aligned with the framework and technology of ABA. Clinicians, however, may need additional training in order to translate these concepts into tools which apply to real world situations in schools, homes, clinics, and communities. This workshop will provide an overview of compassionate care and how it can be used to enhance our current practices. It will discuss 3 empirically validated models of compassionate care and provide practical tools to take away and use in daily practice. Attendees will be provided supplemental materials, in vivo training (behavioral skills training), and active responding opportunities to solidify understanding of concepts.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Define compassionate care and its relevance to the field of ABA; (2) Identify 3 empirically validated models to support compassionate care; (3) Implement at least 4 applied tools related to the 3 models
Activities: This workshop will use lecture, discussion, modeling, feedback, and rehearsal to assist attendees with achieving the learning objectives. In vivo demonstrations of tools will be conducted, along with group discussions and role play to support skill acquisition. Supplemental materials will be provided to support generalization to the natural environment. Active responding using an interaction app will be utilized to optimize participation.
Audience: This workshop will be geared toward behavior analysts, educators, and mental health providers supporting individuals with challenging behaviors. Attendees will require a basic understanding of behavioral principles and have at least 1 year of relevant experience working with the identified population. Participants of any experience level, nominal or extensive, will be challenged to think outside the box when intervening on challenging behaviors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Extinction alternatives, NDBI, PFA/SBT, Trauma-Informed Care



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