Fall Session ABACGives: Training and treating wholeheartedly: Identifying a role for compassion practices in the profession of behavior analysis – 9/28/18

Presented by: Bridget Taylor

Date: Friday, 9/28/18 Time: 10:00am-12:00pm eastern

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Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II ETHICS hours  LIVE or Recording

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The word “compassion” stems from the Latin “compati,” meaning, “to suffer with.” Compassion is a central tenet of Buddhist psychology, entailing not only direct contact with suffering —one’s own and another’s — but also a sincere commitment to relieve suffering (Lama, 1995; Neff, 2003). 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 (e.g., Beach, et al., 2006; Hojat et al., 2011; Weiss et al., 2017).  Treating oneself and others with compassion is also believed to promote individual wellbeing and improve mental health (e.g. McClelland, et al., 2018; Neff, 2011; Scarlet et al., 2017). While current empirical support for these outcomes is mixed (Kirby, Tellegen & Steindl, 2017), there is increasing scientific interest in the benefits of compassion. That broad-based interest notwithstanding, the data-driven field of behavior analysis has yet to develop an operational definition of compassion, or to identify discrete compassion practices which might have applications in our clinical work. This presentation examines behavioral responses that may comprise compassion, and considers how compassionate care of our clients and ourselves can enhance our work as behavior analysts, and potentially improve clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives:
Identify the empirical research documenting the effects of compassionate care responses in other health disciplines.
Identify current behavioral conceptualization of empathy and perspective taking.
Identify components of the BACB ethical code related to relationship variables.


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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05: Live webinar begins
11:45 am: Q & A session- submit questions via chat function
12:00 pm: Post-test, fill out confidential evaluation form, submit codes



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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 and treatment of children with autism for 30 years. She holds a Doctorate 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 is past Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and currently serves on the editorial board. She also serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Active in the autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on effective interventions for autism. She is a national and international presenter and serves in an advisory capacity for autism education and treatment programs both locally and abroad. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation. Dr. Taylor is considered a leading authority on effective, and innovative interventions for autism.



Presenter Disclosure Statement

Bridget Taylor is the co-founder and executive director of Alpine Learning Group. She is a salaried employee and does not receive commissions or incentives for referrals to the Alpine Learning Group that may come from viewing this or other ABAC events. Bridget Taylor does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive or ABACGives webinars. These fees are sent directly to Alpine Learning Group.




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