Strategies for Maximizing One’s Productivity and Work Enjoyment in Human Services

By: Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
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About this Webinar

Dr. Bridget Taylor hosts Dr. Dennis Reid to talk about self-motivation for practitioners.

This webinar is eligible for 1 General CE.

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Our Next Guest: A Conversation with Dr. Bridget Taylor & Dr. Dennis Reid

This webinar will discuss how human service practitioners can achieve and maintain self-motivation to be professionally productive and experience enjoyment on the job during the best and worst of times. Self-motivation will be presented in terms of practitioners actively using strategies developed through research and application in behavior analysis and therapy to promote their work productivity and enjoyment.

Examples of self-motivation strategies to be discussed include:

  • Goal setting
  • Self-recording
  • Self-reinforcement
  • Specific ways to promote enjoyment during unpleasant work situations (e.g., when working with unrealistic caseloads or working for a problematic supervisor)

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Define self-motivation in a manner readily applicable for working practitioners.
  2. Describe a basic self-motivation strategy for wide-scale application.
  3. Name two advantages of short-term goals relative to long-term goals for maintaining self-motivation on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis.

About the Guest Speaker

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Dr. Dennis Reid, BCBA-D


Over 45 years of experience as a clinician and supervisor in educational, residential, and community support settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published over 140 refereed journal articles and book chapters focusing on applied behavior analysis and authored or co-authored 15 books.

In 2007 Dennis was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities International Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina.

About the Author

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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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