Commit and Act: Using ACT to Build a Foundation of Compassion for Applied Behavior Analysis

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D Behavior analyst, trainer, and author
Courtney Tarbox, BCBA Director of Clinical Development

About This Course

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The purpose of the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) has always been to serve humanity and to create a world more free from aversive control. While this dedication to serving humanity is obvious to us in the field of ABA, some still perceive our science is cold and rigid. Recent data confirm what many in the field of ABA have felt for a long while; that parents of children with autism, among others, do not always feel that we emphasize empathy and compassion. What’s more, there is a growing yearning inside the field of ABA to connect with other humans in more complete and fundamental ways. In this presentation, we will make the case for embracing compassion in the field of ABA. We will suggest that compassion is not a specialty within ABA but may be considered a foundation for everything we do. Further, we offer practical strategies for using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to empower us to live compassion in our daily research and practice.

Commit and Act is a non-governmental organization working to bring psychotherapeutic support to communities in need in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Liberia. Their goal is to build a renewed sense of trust in the people they work with. To help individuals find the courage to rebuild their lives according to their own vision and values. Their local professional therapists counsel individuals and community groups.

PraxisCET is proud to help support this work. Proceeds from this presentation will go directly to Commit and Act, providing vital funding for the health and education services they provide in Sierra Leone and elsewhere.


July 13, 2021, 1 PM—3 PM EDT

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the role of perspective-taking and deictic relating in empathy and compassion.
  2. Describe a values exercise they can use in their daily practice to support the provision of compassionate care.
  3. Describe a defusion strategy they can use in their daily practice to support the provision of compassionate care.
  4. Describe an acceptance / willingness exercise they can use in their daily practice to support the provision of compassionate care.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis CET and is approved for 2 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Behavior Analysts:PraxisCET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718.




Behavior Analysts (Intermediate Level)

Recommended Reading



Neff, K. D., & Germer, C. K. (2013). A pilot study and randomized controlled trial of the mindful self‐compassion program. Journal of clinical psychology, 69(1), 28-44.

LeBlanc, L. A., Taylor, B. A., & Marchese, N. V. (2019). The training experiences of behavior analysts: Compassionate care and therapeutic relationships with caregivers. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1-7.

Taylor, B. A., LeBlanc, L. A., & Nosik, M. R. (2019). Compassionate care in behavior analytic treatment: Can outcomes be enhanced by attending to relationships with caregivers?. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 12(3), 654-666.

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