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Webinar Series

Factors and Measures of Burnout in Practice and Considerations for Supervisory Systems


Anita Li (Western Michigan University)


Date: January 28, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern


Abstract: Burnout can be the result of extended job-related stress, resulting in cynicism, depersonalization, and emotional exhaustion. Within healthcare and special education, burnout may be caused by the presence of student challenging behavior, lack of administrative support, and demands of the position. Additionally, demographic factors such as age of employees, relationship status, and level of education can contribute to likelihood of burnout. It has already been reported that behavior analysts experience high rates of job burnout and work-related stress. The long-term effects of burnout affect both the individual and the organization, resulting in poor work quality, long-term stress, absenteeism, job turnover, and ultimately service disruption. Due to the importance of the role of RBTs and paraprofessionals in the service provision of ABA, it is critical that burnout predictors and factors are identified to allow service agencies to intervene and create systems to reduce likelihood of burnout.


Instruction Level: Basic


Target Audience: Any behavior analytic practitioner or student.


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe measures of burnout; (2) list factors that contribute to burnout; (3) describe strategies to assess burnout as a supervisor.


1 BACB Type 2 CE available.


Li AnitaBiography: Anita Li is currently a Faculty Specialist in the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2010 and her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013. She has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013 and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings. In addition, she has also held consulting roles and teaching appointments at several universities. Anita has presented more than 30 papers and workshops, including invited addresses, at both national and international conferences in behavior analysis. Anita has published her research in several journals, including Behavior Analysis in Practice, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interests include improving quality of work and education, diversity and gender issues in behavior analysis, and behaviorally-based instructional design.


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