The Importance of Relationships in the Practice of Behavior Analysis

By: Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Two parents, their elementary aged son with disabilities, and ABA sitting in a classroom at a table

About this Webinar

Drs. Bridget Taylor & Linda LeBlanc discuss why relationship variables such as empathy and compassion are essential to building strong therapeutic relationships with clients and caregivers and are essential to a core principle of the Ethics Code of Behavior Analysts. Learn how attending to these variables can have a positive impact on caregiver engagement and client outcomes.

This webinar is eligible for 1 Ethics CE.

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Our Next Guest: A Conversation with Drs. Bridget Taylor & Linda LeBlanc

Join us for a lively conversation with Dr. Linda LeBlanc as we discuss the importance of relationship variables in our work as clinicians and supervisors. We will review the ethical implications of attending to relationship variables when working with clients and caregivers and discuss recent research identifying the core responses when building therapeutic relationships.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of relationship variables in the practice of behavior analysis.
  2. Identify core responses that comprise compassion and empathy.
  3. Identify ethical implications in building therapeutic relationships with caregivers.

About the Guest Speaker

Dr. Linda LeBlanc

Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist

President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting

Her 25 year career has included being past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, academic positions at Claremont McKenna College, Western Michigan University and Auburn University as well leadership positions in human services organizations. She established LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting in 2017 and consults to technology companies, universities, and behavior analytic human service organizations. Her professional interests include behavioral treatments, supervision and mentoring, and ethics. She is a Fellow of ABAI and is the 2016 recipient of the APA Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis.

About the Author

Bridget A. Taylor Headshot

Executive Director at Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor at Rethink

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.

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