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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #47
CE Offered: BACB
Creating Your Dream Job: Self-Advocacy and Burnout Prevention in Applied Work Settings
Saturday, May 28, 2022
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153C
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Christina M King, Ph.D.
Chair: Christina M King (Simmons University )
COLLEEN YORLETS (RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting; Simmons University)

A global workplace survey conducted by Gallup, Inc. in 2020 indicated that 20% of employees were engaged at work, a decrease of 2% from the prior year. Interestingly, up until 2020, survey data showed an increasing trend for workplace engagement. Additionally, during the period that has been termed by some as the “Great Resignation”, a 2021 Gallup poll indicated that 48% of working Americans are searching for a new job. While this trend is observed across industries, in the human service field, the impact can be directly observed by decreases in enrollments and services available. Specific to behavior analysts, Plantiveau and colleagues in their 2018 survey, found that more than 60% of individuals surveyed reported experiencing burnout and low satisfaction at work. Given the need for behavior analytic services and the impact that these services can have on clients, these data are particularly concerning. Panelists will discuss some of the cited reasons for these patterns, specifically within the field of behavior analysis, and analyze contingencies that may be involved. Additionally, they will suggest actions that individuals may take in order to arrange their environment, both workplace and personal, such that sufficient reinforcers are available to maintain responding.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Participants should be able to identify and analyze complex behavioral contingencies. Participants should be able to identify ways in which reinforcers can be conditioned and assessed.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify environmental variables which may affect job satisfaction; (2) identify behavior analytic strategies which individuals may use to improve job satisfaction; (3) identify organizational strategies which may be utilized to improve job satisfaction.
Keyword(s): contingency management, professional development



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