Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (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 #397
CE Offered: BACB — 
Crossing the Borders With Behavior Analysis: Barriers Encountered by Our Workforce When Interacting With Different Cultures
Monday, May 28, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom B
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Paula Ribeiro Braga Kenyon, Ph.D.
Chair: Shawn E Kenyon (Palm Springs Unified School District; Northeastern University)
PAULA RIBEIRO BRAGA KENYON (Trumpet Behavioral Health)
ZACHARY C. BIRD (Perkins School for the Blind)

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are supervising therapists who deliver behavior analytic treatment in a variety of settings and across many different cultures. The Behavior Analyst certification is international and as such, BCBAs working abroad and within the United States often encounter cultural practices that do not align with our Professional and Ethical Code. The panelists will present examples of barriers encountered while providing services to different cultures, specifically in Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, the Mexican community in California, and the Deafblind community. Some of the issues that will be discussed include the use of technology and confidentiality, professional relationships, gift acceptance, and participation in caregiver training. The panelists will also discuss the impact of some cultural practices on the implementation of the guidelines from the Professional and Ethical Code for Behavior Analysts. Finally, the panelists will discuss training of therapists and supervisors, and the need to consider formal training on multi-cultural practices and the need to understand its impact on the implementation of our Professional and Ethical Code

Target Audience:

BCBAs working in the applied field providing services to children with ASD and related disorders

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn to identify cultural practices that may be in conflict with the Professional and Ethical Code for Behavior Analysts Participants will learn how the Professional and Ethical Code for Behavior Analysts relates to specific practices Participants will be able to list training opportunities to increase awareness of cultural diversity in service delivery



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