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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W13
Diversity submission Delivering Effective Behavioral Services Across Communities: Culture as a Maintaining Variable
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich B
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michele R. Traub, Ph.D.
MICHELE R. TRAUB (St. Cloud State University)
Description: Behavior analysts are trained to evaluate the environmental variables affecting the behavioral repertoires of our clients, but we rarely apply such analyses to the families and communities of those clients. In an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and multinational world, the role of culture in shaping repertoires, expectations, priorities, and values cannot be ignored when developing treatment programs for clients and their caregivers. This workshop will define culture in operational terms, discuss its role as an environmental variable influencing behavior, and detail methods behavior analysts can employ to navigate complex issues of culture and community values while staying true to the scientific practices of behavior analysis. The impact of culture on ethical and professional practice, with specific reference to the BACB Professional & Ethical Compliance Code, will also be discussed.
Learning Objectives: Following this workshop, attendees will: 1. Be able to discuss and interpret cultural variables through a behavioral lens. 2. Identify common barriers to behavior-analytic service delivery across cultures and communities. 3. State behavioral methods of building rapport across cultures, incorporating familial and community values and goals into treatment planning, and developing culturally and ethically acceptable interventions for clients. 4. Discuss potential conflicts between cultural practices and the BACB Professional & Ethical Compliance Code and be able to resolve those conflicts effectively.
Activities: This workshop will include lecture, group discussion, small-group activities, and role play exercises.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BCaBAs and BCBAs working in diverse communities, practitioners and clinical directors serving a diverse clientele, and academics interested in increasing cultural competence in the field of behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): cultural competency, parent training, social validity



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