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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

Event Details

Previous Page


Panel #340
CE Offered: BACB
Approaches and Strategies of Compassionate Care in Behavioral Analytic Service Delivery
Sunday, May 26, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9-10
Area: CBM/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kaori G. Nepo, Ph.D.
Chair: Kathleen Bailey Stengel (NeurAbilities Healthcare )
KAORI G. NEPO (NeurAbilities)
JESSICA COOKE (NeurAbilities Healthcare)

Taylor et al. (2019) highlighted the lack of empathy and Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) recognized the imperative need to shift the focus toward the perspective of consumers. In response, BACB published the updated ethical standard, The Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2020). The revised code highlights the growing need to address service delivery with careful consideration of cultural and diverse consumers. Developing rapport with consumers is one of the critical aspects of ensuring effective treatment, which is well-documented across disciplines. However, the implementation of compassionate care is not the primary focus within the framework of many academic programs, the fieldwork experience required for the aspiring students as outlined in the BACB task list, and continued education for BCBAs. Further, components of such compassionate service delivery have not been extensively studied (Rohrer & Weiss, 2023). In this presentation, our panel of experts will discuss innovative approaches and strategies including artificial intelligence training designed to promote compassionate care within the realm of applied behavior analysis. Additionally, the panelists will plan to shed light on the potential approaches to advance the field by sharing preliminary data. Behavior Analyst Certification Board (2017). BCBA/BCaBA task list (5th ed.). Littleton, CO Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (2020). Ethics code for behavior analysts. Rohrer, J. L., & Weiss, M. J. (2023). Teaching compassion skills to students of behavior analysis: A preliminary investigation. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 16(3), 763-782. Taylor, B. A., LeBlanc, L. A., & Nosik, M. R. (2019). Compassionate care in behavior analytic treatment: Can outcomes be enhanced by attending to relationships with caregivers? Behavior Analysis in Practice, 12(3), 654-666.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: 1. The participants will learn the gap in the field between practice and ethical standard 2. The participants will identify strategies to assess components skills in compassionate care 3. The participants will identify innovative approaches to promote compassionate care
Keyword(s): AI, compassionate care, service delivery



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh