Radical Values: Impacts of Misaligned Values in ABA Professionals

By: Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Published: Jul 18, 2023
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About this Webinar

An invigorating conversation on the impacts of misalignment between personal and professional values on burnout in ABA professionals.

This webinar is eligible for 1 General CE.

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Our Next Guest: A Conversation with Dr. Bridget Taylor & Portia James

A recent study of over 800 ABA professionals revealed that 72% of practitioners experience medium to high levels of burnout (Slowiak, 2021). Reasons for burnout are often masked as general overwhelm, poor time management, or heavy workloads.

The purpose of this webinar is to explore the impact of misalignments in personal and professional values as an underlying cause of perpetual burnout among ABA professionals. Misalignment can often be the result of a lack of personal boundaries as it pertains to workplace distractions, competition, and assimilation. These issues may be more prevalent for professionals in the BIPOC community where practitioners feel a heightened sense of obligation to prioritize the expectations of others over their own mental and emotional well-being.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Analyze the impact of personal values on our professional practices.
  2. Pinpoint misalignments in our values that may be contributing to BCBA burnout.
  3. Take actionable steps toward designing clinical programs that align with the values of the population that we serve.


About the Guest Speaker

Portia James, Founder & CEO of Behavior Genius

Portia James, BCBA

Founder and CEO of Behavior Genius, Organizational Behavior Management specialist

Portia has been shaking conference room tables for nearly two decades. A visionary, a powerhouse of a leader, and a pioneer for people of color in her field, Portia shares bold perspectives on the lack of representation for black leadership in the workplace and how it impacts decision-making and strategic execution at the executive level. She is one of few Behavior Analysts to have been featured in both Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Portia is a sought-after Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Organizational Behavior Management specialist who helps black Behavior Analysts launch and scale companies that thrive. As the founder and CEO of Behavior Genius, she has served hundreds of staff and families impacted by autism. When she’s not shaking tables and shattering glass ceilings, Portia is a mother, a travel junkie, and a red wine enthusiast.

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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