Building Compassion in Collaboration with Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

About This Webinar

The parent-professional collaboration has been a cornerstone of autism treatment for decades. However, families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder have unique experiences that significantly affect their interactions with educators and clinicians. Heightening professionals’ understanding of the impact that the autism diagnosis has on caregivers may bolster their compassion in these pivotal relationships.

In this webinar, Dr. Kate Fiske and Dr. Bridget Taylor will:

  • Discuss the toll that raising a child with autism can have on the mental health and emotional well-being of parents and caregivers, as well as its impact on parent involvement in their child’s treatment.
  • Share compassionate steps all professionals can take in working with family members to reduce parent stress and build effective, collaborative relationships.
  • Review the current status of research and training on compassion in the field of autism treatment, and discuss initiatives that will further advance our understanding of the benefits of compassion with this population.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Autism Assessment & Intervention Series - An ABAC Partnership

FREE CE Credit Event for Behavioral Health Professionals


Dr. Bridget Taylor & Dr. Lina Slim  discuss interprofessional, culturally-responsive, informed, and person-centered collaborative practices in a 1-hour discussion with FREE CE Credit

Thursday, April 14, 2022  | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
All registrations include 2-week recording access

This event will set the stage and provide a foundation for the six to seven event series produced by ABAC in partnership with Rethink Behavioral Health on interprofessional collaborative practice in autism assessment, intervention, and treatment.

The goal of this event is to introduce interprofessional,culturally-responsive, informed and person-centered collaborative practices to a wide range of professionals who work with individuals diagnosed with autism and their families in behavioral health settings.

Rethink Acquires Total Therapy - Live Q&A

February 15th, 2022 | 1:00pm EST


  • Larry Morgan, CEO of Total Therapy
  • Jamie Pagliaro, Rethink BH Division Director

About This Event:

With the recent acquisition of Total Therapy (Total ABA), we’d like to offer you the chance to learn more about the acquisition and ask any questions that relate to your account.

Join us for our 30-minute interactive session with Rethink BH Division Director, Jamie Pagliaro and the Total Therapy CEO & Brand Ambassador, Larry Morgan.

Growing Resilience to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Healthcare

About This Webinar

The mental & emotional wellbeing of employees is the #1 concern for 93% of healthcare employers. Join us to learn how Whil (Rethink’s new division for employee mental health) helps healthcare professionals build the foundational skills for resilience, emotional wellbeing, and good mental hygiene.

Join Joe Burton, CEO of Whil for this fast-paced, experiential and funny peek into stress management. Learn practical techniques that you can immediately apply and best practices to create a culture of wellbeing. See first-hand why the top healthcare organizations are now investing in training to help employees manage stress while improving focus, results, and patient relationships in high-performance cultures. You’ve never had this much fun learning how to reduce stress!

About the Speaker

Joe Burton

Founder & CEO of Whil, a Rethink Division

Joe Burton is the founder and CEO of Whil, a Rethink Division. Whil is the leading digital wellbeing training platform helping professionals manage their Personal Well-being, Professional Resilience, and Parenting Challenges. Joe is an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, former President of Headspace, and spent fifteen years as a global COO in public companies. He’s an alumnus of Harvard Business School, author of Creating Mindful Leaders, and regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider, and HuffPost. He’s worked in over 50 countries and travels the world speaking on disruption, leadership, resilience, culture, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness as a competitive advantage.

Unlocking The VB-MAPP: Expert Tips & Insights (Video)

About This Webinar

Typically the primary focus of an intervention program for children with autism should be on the development of effective language and social skills. There clearly are several other areas in need, such as self-care, visual motor skills, academics, fine and gross motor, etc., but language and social skills are typically the most significant deficits for children with autism. The failure to conduct appropriate assessment results in one of the biggest problems in programs that serve children with autism: An inappropriate curriculum. Our first task is to identify the existing skills of each child. Our next task is to identify the language, social, behavior, and learning barriers that are preventing more rapid learning. The VB-MAPP is a tool that is easy to use and will provide teachers, parents, and staff with the necessary information to develop an appropriate intervention program. The VB-MAPP is an assessment tool based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior and typical developmental milestones. This presentation will provide the attendee with an overview and an understanding of the importance of incorporating Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior into language assessment.

What Will You Learn

After this presentation the participant will:

  • Understand the importance of conducting a comprehensive skill-based language assessment based on Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior.
  • Learn how to create a curriculum, based on the results of the language assessment. Using the VB-MAPP as a Basis for a Verbal Behavior Curriculum for Children With Autism.
  • Understand the need to identify and reduce barriers that are preventing more rapid learning for the student.
  • Understand the importance of creating a curriculum that is appropriate for the student’s current repertoire.

About the Speaker

Carl Sundberg, pH.d., BCBA-D

Chief Clinician & Co-Founder @ Behavior Analysis Center for Autism

Carl Sundberg, Ph. D., BCBA-D, is the chief clinician and co-founder of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. He received his doctorate degree in ABA from Western Michigan University under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. While a graduate student, he taught behavior analysis at WMU for seven years. Dr. Sundberg has publications in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior, and the Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), and Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP). Dr. Sundberg has over 30 years of experience using behavioral interventions to teach individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He oversees the training of all the staff at BACA and consistently spends time with the clients. Eighty percent of his time is spent contributing to the training of staff and addressing specific client programs.

The Heart of Applied Behavior Analysis: Harnessing Existing Capacities, Recognizing New Opportunities

What You’ll Learn In This Webinar

ABA’s commitment to research-based interventions, high-quality implementation of services, transparency, individualization, and accountability are foundational to our practice. At the heart of our work with clients and families is collaboration, choice, acceptance, self-advocacy, and compassion. Recognizing these values gives us much to be proud of and can also serve as a reminder that we are works in progress, as we actively embody these values to the fullest extent in our practice. In this webinar, we will showcase several aspects of our work that embraces the humanity and heart of ABA.

About the Speakers

Dr. Bridget Taylor

Executive Director @ Alpine Learning Group

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education of children with Autism for over 30 years. She holds a Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She is past president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on several editorial boards and the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, on innovative practices to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation.

Dr. David Celiberti

Executive Director @ Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Dr. David Celiberti is the Executive Director of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and the Past-President of its Board of Directors, a role he served from 2006 and 2012. He is the Co-Editor of ASAT’s online publication, Science in Autism Treatment. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1993 and his board certification in behavior analysis in 2000. Dr. Celiberti has served on a number of advisory boards and special interest groups in the field of autism, applied behavior analysis, and early childhood education. He works in private practice and provides consultation to public and private schools and agencies in underserved areas and minority communities. He has authored several articles in professional journals and presents frequently at regional, national, and international conferences. In prior positions, Dr. Celiberti taught courses related to applied behavior analysis (ABA) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervised individuals pursuing BCBA certifications, and conducted research in the areas of ABA, family intervention, and autism.

Medical Necessity Assessment - 5 FAQ's (Video Recording)

Rethink Behavioral Health, an industry leader in applying technology to support therapy providers in improving clinical outcomes, has developed the first-ever research-backed protocol to help clinicians prescribe appropriate levels of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism.

The company’s Medical Necessity Assessment (MNA) analytic provides an objective standard to help ABA therapy practitioners build individualized treatment plans. In this live discussion, the team will discuss the tool’s key benefits for ABA providers, address frequently asked questions, and answer attendees’ questions on MNA.

Teaching Safety Skills to Individuals with Autism (Webinar)

Individuals with autism present with unique challenges that make them at risk for a wide range of safety concerns. They may, for example, wander from caregivers, be unable to seek assistance when lost and may not know how to respond to unwanted advances by strangers in the community. There have been a number of studies documenting a functional analysis of some unsafe behaviors such as elopement. This has led to the development of function-based treatments and strategies that can potentially prevent unsafe behavior.

This presentation will review recent research in the area of safety assessment and interventions and provide proactive, practical strategies and resources, to help ensure the safety of individuals with autism.


  • Identify why individuals with autism are at a risk for safety concerns.
  • Identify current applied research directives to address safety concerns.
  • Identify components of functional analysis of elopement.
  • Identify skills to teach to address safety skills of individuals with autism.

There is no cost to attend and this webinar is not eligible for CEUs. The presentation will be posted on our blog within two weeks.


Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D is the Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. She is also a Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions to behavior analysis, and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation. Dr. Taylor is considered a leading authority on effective, and innovative interventions for autism.

Erin Mayberry, BCBA, LBA is Director of Customer Success at Rethink Behavioral Health. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed behavior analyst in TX. Prior to Rethink, Erin provided consultation services in home and clinic settings and provided staff training in behavioral crisis prevention and management.

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Key Employment Issues Every ABA Provider Should Know About


  • Vanessa Kelly, Labor & Employment Attorney and a Member with Clark Hill, PLC
  • Melinda Lapan, Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, a subsidiary of Clark Hill, PLC


Join us on Thursday, May 20 as we discuss common employment issues faced by businesses and entrepreneurs. Learn how to mitigate risk and avoid potential pitfalls of non-compliance.

Learn more about:

  • Employment laws affecting all employers
  • Violating a law you didn’t know existed
  • Where to look for help and guidance in this complex terrain

Vanessa Kelly is a Labor & Employment Attorney and a Member with Clark Hill, PLC, a full-service, global law firm. Vanessa’s clients seek her experienced, confident counsel in addressing their employee management needs. She provides legal services including risk assessment and risk avoidance in employee terminations, accommodating disabilities, addressing workplace misconduct, protecting key personnel and proprietary information, performing reductions in force, and implementation of workplace policies designed to avoid disputes and comply with state and federal law, to name a few. Vanessa also defends employers before federal and state courts and civil rights agencies. Vanessa earned her J.D. at George Washington University Law School, and is licensed in both NJ and NY.

Melinda Lapan is Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, a subsidiary of Clark Hill. HR Advantage Advisory provides HR outsourcing and consulting services. Melinda has over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles across multiple industries prior to joining HR-AA. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, she holds two HR certifications and is a six sigma green belt.

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Determining Medical Necessity: How Evidenced-based Protocols Can Support Proper Dosage and Clinical Outcomes

Join us on Thursday, April 22 when we will discuss preliminary data from over 6,000 completed assessments and how Rethink’s new Medical Necessity Assessment can help you:

  • Enhance care outcomes by ensuring accurate care plans and the correct level of prescribed hours
  • Align providers and payers on necessary dosage levels and facilitate pre-authorizations
  • Provide evidenced-based recommendations to new BCBAs and support their training process
  • Standardize levels of care across your organization
  • Increase parent satisfaction

There is no cost to attend and this webinar is not eligible for CEUs. The presentation will be posted on our blog within two weeks.

Dr. Diana Davis-Wilson, DBH, LBA, BCBA is a licensed behavior analyst, with several years of experience providing consultation and training to families, school districts, and organizational personnel nationwide. She holds a Doctorate of Behavior Health with an emphasis on integrated health care management and is currently the Chief Executive Advisor for Aspen Behavioral Consulting.

Mellanie Page, BCBA is the VP of Operations and Regional Director at ABS Kids. She is a BCBA who has worked in the field of ABA for several years, utilizing a variety of strategies to teach new skills to children, their caregivers, and providers. She has supported BCBA candidates through supervision and instruction at National University. She is certified in OBM practices and uses this experience to improve and enhance organizational operations.