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

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Panel #512
CE Offered: BACB
Parenthood as a Behavior Analyst: A Discussion of the Benefits and Challenges of Being a Behavior Analyst and a Parent
Monday, May 27, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Liberty Ballroom Salon A
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Kajza Maye Coats, M.S.
Chair: Kajza Maye Coats (Centria Healthcare)
RACHEL CHANDLER SCOTT (Centria Healthcare)
AMY COOK (Hi Rasmus)
CATHERINE L BROWN (Department of Developmental Service)

In recent years, burnout has become a common topic in the behavior analytic field. According to Slowaik and DeLongchamp (2022), self-care strategies and job-crafting practices have been shown to improve work engagement and reduce burnout. As a professional behavior analyst parent or caregiver, it can be incredibly challenging to prioritize self-care and job-crafting practices due to the demands of both one’s career and family. There is limited research or discussion regarding supporting this community in order to ensure the sustainability of practice by this population. This panel of parents will discuss experiences, ethical dilemmas, and recommendations as they relate to being a parent and a behavior analyst. Some topics to be discussed include the challenges of balancing responsibilities across work and personal life, financial and time constraints unique to our field, navigating the emotional challenges of fertility issues while working with children, raising neurodivergent children, and much more. The goal of this panel is to provide fellow behavior analyst parents and those who desire to be parents, with the experiences and recommendations of the panelists, but also to open a discussion regarding topics as they relate to parenting as a behavior analyst and all the related benefits and challenges.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Parents or those who wish to become parents and behavior analysts

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify some of the ethical dilemmas as they relate to parenting as a behavior analyst, (2) attend to ways in which they can assess their current level of work engagement and burn out to identify the need for self-care or job-crafting practices; (3) attend to their experiences as parents or the experiences of others and identify ways in which they can engage in self-care to improve work engagement and reduce burnout.
Keyword(s): Parenting, Self-Care, Working Parent



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