Everyone has Worth: Promoting Client Dignity in Sensitive Contexts with Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D & Shakilla Player, BCBA

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, and Shakilla Player, BCBA, for a webinar on Respectful Communication and Honoring Client Dignity as ABA practitioners.

See Dr. Tucker’s other webinars here.


Whether working with pre-school children, elderly clients, or anyone in between, Behavior Analysts are very frequently presented with difficult client situations. These include instances in which our clients are endangering themselves or others, receiving help with dressing or toileting or other private self-care tasks, and sensitive interactions in the community. Balancing effective intervention with the preservation of our clients’ privacy and dignity is a critical mandate, but how to do this is not always clear.

In this two-hour webinar, Dr. Tucker and Ms. Player will present viewers with concrete, actionable recommendations for navigating these types of scenarios with clients. Topics will include supportive and age-/developmentally-appropriate communication with clients, respectful communication with team members and stakeholders, privacy and personal boundaries, thoughtfully implementing physical management in emergency situations, and more.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, is a board certified behavior analyst (doctoral level) who practices privately with a focus on providing program supports, interventions, mentoring and evaluations in school settings. She is also an Associate Professor of Special Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA. She has been teaching and/or coordinating special education programs for 25 years, and has been in the field of ABA for 10. Her primary areas of interest are the application of ABA in the school setting and behavior interventions for students with complex support needs.

Vanessa got her general and special education certification in 1995 from Western Washington University. She obtained her Masters in Low Incidence Disabilities in 2002 from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the University of Washington in 2009. She has worked as a special education teacher, program coordinator and consultant.

Shakilla Player is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 6 years of experience in the field of ABA. She has worked in various roles in the home, clinic, school, and community settings. She provides private consultation to school districts and crisis care homes in California.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what dignity means for clients we serve in ABA
  2. Describe how our actions may inadvertently compromise dignity in our clients
  3. Discuss issues of consent and assent
  4. Explore tangible ways of maintain and building dignity and self-advocacy for our clients
  5. Explore strategies for maintaining dignity during emergency situations

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 2.0 Ethics CEU’s
    • $39.99 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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