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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Invited Paper Session #238A
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Award for Distinguished Contributions to DEI: Equitable Supervision Practices
Sunday, May 29, 2022
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Room 102B
Area: DEI; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
CE Instructor: Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: DANYELLE BEAL (Loving Hands Family Support Services)

Representing the Black Applied Behavior Analysts (BABA)--recipient of the 2022 Award for Distinguished Contributions to DEI--Danyelle Beal will present on equitable supervision practices.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) demographic data reports that approximately 40% of the certificants are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) individuals. The BACB has added items to support equitable supervision practices which will come into effect in 2025 under the 6th edition task list. One of the new task list items specifies that supervisors are required to identify and implement methods that promote equity in supervision practices. BIPOC individuals are especially at risk of being affected by inequitable supervision practices given much of the behavior analytic leadership is White and may not have previously had training on appropriate strategies that will reduce these inequities for BIPOC supervisees. The mission of BABA is to create a safe community to support, encourage and uplift Black professionals in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Since BABA's inception, our focus has been to shed light on the inequities that have marginalized our community for far too long while creating opportunities for growth, advancement and leadership for clinicians of color. It is vital that the responsibility of cultural responsiveness is shared by the field of ABA in its entirety. Thus, the purpose of this presentation will be to discuss how current supervisor practices could contribute to inequities, identify common barriers in supervisor practices, and provide some examples of solutions which could promote equitable supervision practices.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Clinicians and supervisors who work directly with clinicians of color

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) reflect on current supervision practices; (2) identify common barriers in supervisory practices for BIPOC supervisees; (3) provide examples of how they can establish equitable supervision opportunities with BIPOC supervisees.
DANYELLE BEAL (Loving Hands Family Support Services)
The mission of BABA is to create a safe community to support, encourage and uplift Black professionals in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis



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