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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #27
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission An International Cultural Perspective on Interprofessional Collaboration
Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lina Slim-Topdjian, Ph.D.
Chair: Tracie L. Lindblad (First Bridge Centre, London, UK; Tracie Lindblad Consulting)
LINA SLIM-TOPDJIAN (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – ABA Online Program; ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC)
MICHELLE P. KELLY (Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE))
KAROLA DILLENBURGER (Centre for Behaviour Analysis, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland)

One effective component that leads to better health and educational outcomes is Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPEC) (WHO, 2016) and another is developing culturally aware practices. This panel facilitates discussions regarding the initial establishment of interprofessional collaborations, ways to bridge cultures and create partnerships, challenges to collaboration from an international perspective, and the roles of cultural competencies and cultural humility in fostering effective collaborative and therapeutic relationships. Case examples will be presented from the United Arab Emirates, Europe, Canada and the United States, reflecting challenges and successes in fostering positive collaborative relationships with various stakeholders, including government. Panelists will also discuss suggestions for how to effectively resolve conflicts to improve health and education outcomes for all clients and raise a call to action for the field of behavior analysis to develop education and training systems/programs that foster building culturally aware practices and cultural humility, and promote the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis across international borders.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts and professionals from other disciplines that have more than 1 year practical working experience with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Students enrolled in an ABA master's program. University Professors of ABA programs. Clinical supervisor of ABA services. Parents who are members of ABA advocacy groups.

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify core interprofessional education and collaborative competencies 2. Describe cultural considerations for effective training and treatment delivery 3. Identify components of culturally aware practices and dissemination



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