Communication with Families and Professional Boundaries

Communication with Families and Professional Boundaries 

This course will address how to establish healthy professional relationships with families who have loved ones undergoing ABA treatment. It will cover communication skills, approaches to interaction and boundaries for professional relationships.


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-RBT3
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2023
Learning Objectives:
Employ effective strategies to establish healthy professional relationships with families.
Utilize effective communication strategies while interacting with families
Self-monitor your behaviors to ensure that your interactions with families are professional
Identify potentially problematic situations that violate professional boundaries

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Interactions with Clients and Families A. Angie is Speechless! B. RBT Guidelines Regarding Family Interactions C. Relationships with Families D. When Families Have Differing Opinions E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Communicating Information A. The Role of the RBT in Communicating with Families B. Verbal Communication C. Maximizing the Effectiveness of Verbal Communication D. Written Communication E. Review F. Summary Section 4: Situations That Place Professional Boundaries at Risk A. Angie Slides down that Slippery Slope! B. Conflicts of Interests C. Exploitive Relationships A. Red Flags for Boundary Violations B. Observing Your Own Interactions C. Taking Care of Yourself D. Review E. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Behavioral Analyst; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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