Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalĀ® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #531
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity Training for Behavior Analysts
Monday, May 28, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom DE
Area: PRA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Noelle Neault, Ph.D.
Chair: Noelle Neault (Simmons College)
ERIN ROTHERAM-FULLER (Arizona State University)

Competent behavior analytic practice with diverse client populations is an essential element of ethically bound service delivery (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2016). Behavior analysts must be prepared to address service delivery factors related to working with diverse client populations (Hughes Fong, Ficklin & Lee, 2017). What are examples of these diverse client groups and what challenges do they present for the behavior analyst? How exactly does the profession of behavior analysis meet these challenges? The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts requires that practitioners obtain additional training and/or consultation when issues of diversity impact programming effectiveness (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2016). This ethical obligation necessitates further evaluation of the current behavior analytic literature base on this subject matter, consideration of academic and professional training practices for behavior analysts and recommendations for current service providers (Fong, Catagnus, Brodhead, Quigley & Field, 2016). This panel will address these considerations by discussing the impact diversity factors may have on service delivery (e.g. assessment, treatment and caregiver training).

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

BCBA/BCBA-D educators, supervisors and practitioners

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe examples of diversity factors that may impact behavior analytic service delivery with clients 2. Describe examples of diversity consideration tactics that impact applied practice 3. Identify the ethical obligations of behavior analysts when maintaining competent clinical practice with diverse client populations
Keyword(s): diversity, ethics, practitioner training, social validity



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