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Dr. Jonathan and Courtney Tarbox
January 24 and 25, 2022

Whole-Hearted ABA: Infusing Compassion into Care for Families Living with Autism

Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, Program Director, Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Southern California

Courtney Tarbox, MS, BCBA, Director of Clinical Development, FirstSteps for Kids

Registration Includes 12 CEUs total, including 2 Ethics CEUs and 2 Supervision CEUs

Price: $219.00

Early Bird Special: $199.00 (Ends 12.15.2021)

Group Rate available for groups of 3 or more registering together

Where: Live Virtual Event

When: January 24 and 25, 2022

Time: 9:15AM – 3:15 PM EST


Decades of research have established the benefits of ABA-based interventions and supports for individuals on the autism spectrum. However, many in the Autistic community and throughout the neurodiversity movement have been calling for a kinder, more compassionate approach to ABA. Previous researchers (e.g., Taylor, LeBlanc, & Nosik, 2019) and families living with autism have expressed concern that ABA professionals do not consistently demonstrate the care and compassion that we feel in our hearts, in the way we interact with those we serve. Members of the neurodiversity self-advocacy community have called on behavior analysts to acknowledge that our procedures can cause harm and have asked that we prioritize the perspectives and values of the individuals we serve. The field of ABA is at a critical point in its evolution, where we have the opportunity to be open and courageous enough to take the next steps in developing a more compassionate approach. In this workshop, we provide practical strategies for infusing compassion into our everyday work as behavior analysts, across our work with the Autistic community, their caregivers, and across our own colleagues and organizations. We begin with a conceptual analysis of how empathy and compassion are part of the science of behavior analysis, and we progress to providing practical tools and approaches for leading with our hearts, while not compromising the science and effectiveness of our field. The tools and practices included in the workshop were developed on the basis of earlier work on compassion in ABA and include strategies based on self-reflection, perspective-taking, relational frame theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT).


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 2 weeks in advance of the conference will be refunded.

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