Session 1 will lay the foundation for infusing compassion in everything we do in applied behavior analysis. We begin by discussing kindness, empathy, and compassion as fundamental moral and ethical principles that span centuries, languages, and cultures. We review existing behavioral definitions of compassion and then conduct a brief conceptual analysis of empathy and compassion from a relational frame theory perspective. We discuss the many different potential functions that compassionate behavior can have for behavior analysts. We conclude with a general framework for self-reflection and perspective-taking that provide a practical tool for enhancing compassion across all activities in everyday ABA practice. This framework will then be used to provide specific practical strategies in sessions 2 and 3.
1. Attendees will be able to provide a behavioral definition of compassion
2. Attendees will be able to describe how perspective-taking can be used to strengthen the behavioral repertoires involved in empathy and compassion
3. Attendees will be able to describe three possible functions of compassionate behavior