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 #339
Navigating Challenging Situations in the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): The Stuff You Can't Find in a Textbook
Sunday, May 26, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 103 B
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Translational
Chair: Kimberli Santa Maria (Butterfly Effects)
ASHLEY JUAREZ (Butterfly Effects)
CLAIRE SPIELER (Butterfly Effects)
AMANDA RENEE JONES (Butterfly Effects)

Some skills can't be acquired by simply opening a textbook; often, they must be shared through the exchange of experiences and the lessons learned along the way! Challenging conversations are a pervasive aspect of the Applied Behavior Analysis field. Whether it's mediating staff relationships, engaging with critical payor sources, or supporting families receiving their child's first diagnosis, mastering the art of handling such discussions often requires years of experience. These encounters can impose significant stress, anxiety, and even burnout on professionals in our field. Our primary objective is to approach these challenging situations with a solution-focused mindset, integrating essential elements such as compassionate care, perspective-taking, and cultural sensitivity into our problem-solving strategies.In this panel, we will explore various challenging scenarios and conversations encountered by different types of ABA and autism practitioners. Our panelists will share the invaluable tools they've acquired through hard-earned experience. By attending this session, you'll be better equipped to tackle a diverse range of challenging situations and engage in these conversations with newfound confidence.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs within their first 5 years

Learning Objectives: Recognize barriers during challenging conversations ? Implementing solution-based strategies when navigating challenging conversations ? Utilizing compassionate care, perspective-taking, and cultural sensitivity during problem-solving. ?



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