Training and Treating Wholeheartedly:
Identifying a role for compassion practices in the profession of behavior analysis

Date: Tuesday, Feb 8th

Time: 9:30-12:30 CST

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Cost: $49

Within certain areas of healthcare, it has been documented that treating patients with compassion and empathy can have important benefits, such as increasing patient satisfaction, enhancing adherence to treatment, and improving clinical outcomes (Kirby et al., 2017).  The field of applied behavior analysis has recently begun to identify compassion practices that have applications in our work. For example, Taylor, LeBlanc, and Nosik (2018) and Leblanc, Taylor, & Marchese (2019), proposed that clinical outcomes of clients may be enhanced by improving relationships with their caregivers. This workshop proposes responses that may comprise compassionate care, considerations for how compassionate care of our clients, supervisees, coworkers, and ourselves can enhance our work as behavior analysts, and potentially improve clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify current behavioral conceptualization of empathy and perspective-taking.
  • Identify responses that are potential barriers to relationship building.
  • Name variables identified in the Taylor et al., (2018) study that parents identified as potential challenges to relationship building.
  • Identify practical strategies that can positively impact relationships with caregivers.
  • Identify potential implications for parental adherence to treatment.

Meet Dr. Bridget A. Taylor

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education of children with Autism for over 30 years. She holds a Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She has served are president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on the board of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB), and the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on innovative practices applied behavior analysis and autism treatment. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation.