An Introduction to the Science and Skills of Wellbeing - Recorded
Recorded July 19, 2023
Autism service professionals are the backbone of our system of care; championing their well-being is imperative to assuring autistic individuals achieve a high-quality life. Burnout and stress are rampant in the social service professions resulting in a workforce recruitment and retention crisis (Medicaid, 2021).
The World Health Organization’s recent amendment to the International Classification of Diseases included Burnout as a classification (WHO, 2019); employee well-being has become a primary concern to society. PERMA is a model of well-being that has been implemented across many social service professions (Nuemeirier, 2017; Bazargan-Hajazi, 2021). The intentional application of the science and skills of PERMA can elevate the well-being of professionals, resulting in greater opportunity for effective intervention delivered by those professionals. Individuals being served by behavior analysts have a right to effective treatment (ABAI, 1999). A workforce prepared to serve is required for the delivery of effective treatment. In addition, there is a paucity of research in the assessment of mood in behavior analytic research addressing the needs of autistic individuals themselves (Ramey et al, 2022). PERMA+ may have applications in the autistic population.
This session will explore the PERMA theory of well-being and the application of this theory to autism services and supports. Some initial data will be shared from ongoing feasibility work with autism service providers.
Dr. Patricia Wright’s commitment to ensuring all individuals with autism have access to effective services and supports has guided her work for more than 30 years, from her earliest responsibilities as a special educator, to state and national-level program management, her advocacy includes the management in the design of a statewide system of support for children with autism for the state of Hawaii, several years as the National Director of Autism Services for Easter Seals, her industry positions leveraging technology, and her current role at Proof Positive spreading the science and skills of happiness.
Katie Curran, MAPP
Katie’s commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of individuals in an effort to build thriving communities has guided her career. Whether she is working to improve special education, train resilience skills to soldiers in the United States Military, boost engagement alongside corporate leaders, or improve the performance of professional athletes, she has one goal - cultivate growth through joy and connection. In 2008, Katie founded Proof Positive, originally a professional consulting firm focused on improving the wellbeing, resilience, and performance of individuals, families, schools, and organizations. In 2021, Proof Positive evolved to become a national nonprofit whose mission is to spread the science and skills of happiness.
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