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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Paper Session #235
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Leading Through Crisis: Coming Together and Coming Out Strong
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:30 AM–11:55 AM
Area: OBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Maria Sasaki Solis (The Reilly Behavioral Group, LLC)
CE Instructor: Maria Sasaki Solis, Other
Diversity submission 

Leading Through Crisis: Coming Together and Coming Out Strong

Domain: Service Delivery
MARIA SASAKI SOLIS (The Reilly Behavioral Group, LLC)

The year 2020 thrust applied behavior analysis into an uncharted intersection of clinical practice, public health, and sociopolitical evolution. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Two days later, COVID-19 was declared a U.S. national emergency. Already vulnerable individuals served by the behavior analytic community found their worlds turned upside down and inside out, routines violently disrupted, and many were suddenly cut off from essential behavioral health treatment. Practitioners were furloughed, laid off, or altogether let go. Many others chose unemployment, terrified of contracting COVID-19. On May 25, a nation already gripped by health and economic fear and uncertainty exploded in protest, sparked by the death of George Floyd. Unified like never before, our nation demanded reformation of the inequity and fundamental flaws in the criminal justice system and in our society as a whole. Using a behavioral systems approach guided by the Stockdale Paradox (Collins, 2001), cognitive-diversity hypothesis (Miller, Burke, & Glick, 1998), and simple notion of kindness, a small, privately owned agency utilized professional networks, local and state resources, and sheer determination to persevere, pivot, and redefine its commitment to its clients, staff, and our science.

Target Audience:

Prerequisite skills/competencies: behavior systems; business strategy; corporate culture; diversity in the workplace; ethics; leadership/management; supervision.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) state at least 3 different activities likely to foster diversity, cultural humility, and/or social justice in their workplace; (2) identify at least 2 non-monetary variables in a cost-benefit analysis of organizational health during a crisis.



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