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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W81
CE Offered: BACB — 
Compassionate Collaboration Workshop
Friday, May 22, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: CSS/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Colleen Suzio, M.S.
JESSICA ROHRER (Center for Children with Special Needs; Endicott College), KIMBERLY MARSHALL (CCSN: Center for Independence; Endicott College), COLLEEN SUZIO (Center for Children with Special Needs; Endicott College)
Description: Behavior analysts are not well known for engaging in compassionate collaborative skills. Taylor et al., (2018) surveyed caregivers of individuals with autism to gain insight as to how they perceived behavior analysts’ compassionate, collaborative, and interpersonal skills. Many of the scores suggested deficits in collaborative repertoires of the clinicians. For example, when presented with a statement about whether their behavior analyst compromises when there is a disagreement, only 58.9% of respondents said that they agreed. When caregivers were asked if their behavior analyst asked them how they were doing regularly, the percentage of agreement was 53.68%. It is this type of data that has exacerbated the need for additional assessment and training in this area. The Compassionate Collaboration Tool was developed as a means to support in these areas of deficit. It is a guide to help with the assessment and training of compassionate collaborative skills of clinicians. In this workshop, attendees will participate in dynamic learning opportunities focused on the skills within the Compassionate Collaboration Tool. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their clinical skills in this area and to improve their compassionate and collaborative interactions through evidence-based training methods.
Learning Objectives: • Attendees will identify skills related to compassionate, collaborative, and interpersonal interactions. • Attendees will participate in Behavioral Skills Training (BST) to implement the skills from the Compassionate Collaboration Tool. • Attendees will provide feedback to each other regarding implementation of compassionate, collaborative, and interpersonal skills.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through lecture, discussion, small group activities, and guided practice.
Audience: The target audience should include clinicians who are looking to further their knowledge and skill sets with compassionate collaborative care.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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