Practicum – Supervision Workshop

Hosted by the Department of Applied Disability Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Dr. Alyssa Wilson – Practicum Supervision Workshop WEBINAR

June 23, 2022 > 9:00am – 4:00pm


Behavior analysts have long grappled with socio-cultural selection practices aligned with empathy and compassion. Recently, there appeared to be a shift in focus on applying similar compassionate practices into our own application of behavior analysis. For instance, emphasis has now been placed on compassionate behavior analytic service delivery and compassionate supervision strategies. Similarly, recent changes to the BACB Ethics Code now emphasize “treating others with compassion” as a core foundational principle (BACB, 2020). Furthermore, Behavior Analysis in Practice, a journal specifically for BCBA practitioners, is currently targeting a special issue on compassion in applied behavior analysis. When taken together, it would appear reasonable to conclude that since it is important to treat others with compassion, then treating ourselves with compassion would be equally important. Doing so, however, may not require the same topography or repertoire needed to be compassionate with clients and others. Instead, new topographies and repertories, often described as forms of “self-care”, may be needed. Self-care repertoires may not only be effective strategies to apply compassionate care to oneself but may also avoid burnout and staff turnover. Therefore, the current workshop has two primary aims: 1) to help behavior analysts think about self-care, vulnerability, and willingness as operant repertoires (rather than mentalistic constructs), to 2) consider how and what “self-care” repertories are needed and when. The workshop will provide didactic and experiential learning situations and facilitate small group discussion to help establish a community around avoiding burnout. Self-monitoring strategies will be discussed as helpful tools to ensure continuation of self-care repertoires following the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define self-care from behavior analytic perspective

  2. Select functional self-care repertoires

  3. Select appropriate self-monitoring strategies to monitor self-care repertoires

Past Supervisors/Alumni – $75.00

Community Members – $100.00

Registration is FREE for current 2021/22 ADS ABA Practicum Supervisors.

7 Learning CEUs will be available for eligible participants.

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Registration closes June 20, 2022.

Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LBA

Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral (BCBA-D), and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. Dr. Wilson has provided clinical behavior analytic services to children, adolescents, and adults across a range of clinical settings. Her research focuses on how humans make decisions and engage in maladaptive behavior, to determine intervention strategies for behavioral change. Dr. Wilson has published articles on the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors (broadly defined), and acceptance and mindfulness-based intervention strategies. To date, she has conducted over fifty workshops and trainings on ACT and RFT for behavior analysts, social workers, clinical psychologists, and teachers/educators across local, national, and international training venues and conferences. Dr. Wilson is also an active editorial board member, serving as an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and an editorial board member for Journal of Contextual Behavior Science, Perspectives of Behavior Science, and Journal of Developmental Disabilities.


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