Date of Award
Master of Science
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Behavior analysts have high burnout rates and lack of job stratification (Plantiveau et al, 2018). Work related stress can cause increase of burnout in individuals in the healthcare profession (Hert, 2020). In this present study, individuals working in autism intervention (i.e., BCBAs and RBTs) who have reported burnout completed a training using the Mindfulness Action Plan (MAP) by Moran and Ming (2020). MAP is a tool to assist with decreasing burnout and increasing mindfulness. The tools used in MAP are also widely used in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to overcome and use a coping strategies for burnout. Four participants working in the field of behavior analysis for more than a year completed MAP training and self-report measures (e.g., Maslach Burnout Inventory). The results indicated that using MAP with behavioral practitioners does decrease levels of burnout and increase levels of mindfulness.
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