Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #434
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Book Club: A Discussion of New Books on Functional Illness, Homelessness in America, and Xenophobia.
Monday, May 30, 2022
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Room 156A
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Richard F. Rakos, Ph.D.
Chair: Kyosuke Kazaoka (University of North Texas)
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University)
KENNEE BETH SWITZER (Family Promise of Greater Cleveland)

Behavior analysts working to address systemic social-cultural problems need a thorough understanding of the multi-level context in which the issue is embedded, knowledge that almost always is found in disciplines other than behavior analysis. This BFSR-sponsored Panel brings to the attention of behavior analysts three new books of social importance, with the goal to both inform and prompt further interest in the target social problems. Each panelist will offer commentary on one book. Rich Rakos will comment on “The Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories of Mystery Illness" by Suzanne O'Sullivan. Kennee Switzer will discuss "In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What to Do About It" by Marybeth Shinn and Jill Khadduri. And Mark Alavosius will reflect on "Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia" by George Makari. Each of the panelists will present a brief overview or summary of the book’s main thesis, identify its strengths, offer critiques, and suggest links with or relevance for behavior analysis and Culturo-Behavior Science. Panelists will limit their commentary to 10-12 minutes each, leaving time for panelist interaction and audience participation.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts interested in expanding the science to address social issues more effectively

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the scope and social impact of psychogenic illness, family homelessness in America, and xenophobia; (2) describe current systemic environmental conditions that maintain or strengthen these three social problems; (3) identify research questions behavior analysts can raise, interventions they can propose, and policy advocacy they can engage in as potential ways behavior analysts can contribute to remediating the three social problems.



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