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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Panel #205
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Toward a Social Justice Framework: Shaping a Diverse Applied Behavior Analysis Community
Sunday, May 26, 2019
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Fairmont, B2, Imperial Ballroom
Area: CSS/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Neil Deochand, Ph.D.
Chair: Anita Li (Western Michigan University)
NEIL DEOCHAND (University of Cincinnati)
JAMES HAWKINS (University of Cincinnati)
DACIA MCCOY (University of Cincinnati)

Behavior analytic service is highly demanded as indicated by an exponential increase in certified behavior analysts (Deochand & Fuqua, 2016). Although the American Psychological Association requires graduate programs to train students in cultural competence, this type of training is not a requirement in the verified course sequence to certify behavior analysts. The need to integrate cultural assessments into the functional behavior assessment will increase as services are delivered to a broader community. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of data on the demographics served by behavior analysts in practice and in research. Li, Wallace, Erhart, and Poling (2017) indicate that only 10.7% of behavior analytic research reports racial or ethnic characteristics. This issue coupled with the paucity of guidelines regarding training cultural competent practitioners requires the community to start building the framework for such initiatives. This panel will define social justice, discuss how we meet the needs of an evolving consumer base while developing successful cultural and linguistic competency training programs. The field of applied behavior analysis could be uniquely positioned to lead discussions regarding culturally competent services due to its focus on individualized client-centered treatment.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Graduate students, verified course sequence program coordinators

Learning Objectives: Be able to define social justice. Identify how personal bias can impact treatment delivery Understand that Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnoses equally to demographic populations in the US, but this does not mean all are equally served.
Keyword(s): cultural assessment, diversity, graduate training, metacontingencies



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