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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W56
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Unintended Triggers
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom D
Area: TBA/CSS; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Natalie A. Parks, Ph.D.
NATALIE A. PARKS (Saint Louis University), BEVERLY KIRBY (Team ABA LLC)
Description: The Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts specifies that behavior analysts must treat others with dignity, compassion, and respect and to be fluent in speaking about and addressing issues concerning diversity, discrimination and bias (1.07, 1.10, 4.07). Unfortunately most behavior analysts have not had any training in the meaning and historical context of these concepts or in how to talk about these subjects with others, especially supervisees. Lack of fluency in these areas leads to avoidance of the subjects and conversations or attempts to discuss laced with comments that negatively trigger others. In order for behavior analysts to comply with the Ethics Code and provide high quality supervision and services, they must first learn to identify potential triggers and develop the skill of working through triggers rather than attempting to silence or avoid them. This workshop will discuss the conceptual framework of how triggers develop, provide strategies to recognize them before they are voiced, and the steps to follow to work through times when you unintentionally trigger someone.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Conceptually systematically describe how triggers develop and how they are related to bias. 2. Identify potential triggers or triggering statements and words prior to voicing them. 3. How to work through difficult conversations that result from the unintentional triggering of someone.
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, small group breakout, individual activities, and role plays.
Audience: Those attending this workshop should be fluent in the principles and concepts of behavior analysis including equivalence and non-equivalence relations and verbal behavior.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): cultural humility, diversity, humble behaviorism, interlocking contingencies



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