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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #536
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Dismantling Oppressive Practices in Clinical and Academic Supervision: How to be a Disruptor
Monday, May 30, 2022
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 156B
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Anita Li, Ph.D.
Chair: Anita Li (Western Michigan University)
NATALIA BAIRES (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
DANYELLE SHARELLE GOITIA BEAL (Loving Hands Family Support Services)
ANITA LI (Western Michigan University)

With diversity, equity, and inclusion becoming more of a trend than a value, it is imperative that behavior analysts self-reflect and commit to actions that disrupt oppressive practices in the field. The panel will focus on how behavior analysts can mentor and supervise underrepresented supervisees and students, with a specific emphasis on empowering them and guiding them to recognize their strengths independent of the validation of those in power. The panelists will also discuss how to utilize and leverage one’s own privilege to further these efforts to dismantle oppressive mentorship and supervision. Understanding that lived experiences are data, the panelists, who identify as women of color, will discuss how their own behaviors were shaped as a result of being oppressed in these systems (i.e., educational institutes, clinical settings, mental and behavioral health) and will share strategies to disrupt such systems. Audience members will be encouraged to participate and share their own lived experiences to contribute to this important conversation.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define and engage in self-reflection; (2) identify behaviors that promote disruption; (3) identify behaviors that empower underrepresented clinicians and students.
Keyword(s): compassion, disruption, self-reflection, supervision



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