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

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission CANCELLED: Triggers and the Law: How to Get the Work Done When the Law Says You Can't
Thursday, May 25, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2C
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Natalie Parks, Ph.D.
Beverly Kirby (Team ABA LLC), Natalie Parks (Saint Louis University)
Description: In 2022, Florida HB 1557, "Parental Rights in Education", or the "Don't Say Gay" law was passed, causing teachers to alter the way they discuss gender and sexuality in schools. Currently 11 states regulate how educators discuss topics of gender and discussions of LGBTQIA individuals. There are additional efforts in 36 states to ban discussion of racism in the United States. While these two instances focus largely on teachers and educators, other laws have prevented the teaching of diversity and inclusion in federal agencies. As more laws are passed, it is necessary for those working to create more inclusive and safe spaces understand the triggers that may prevent them from doing the work. Behavior analysts are experts in defining behaviors objectively, which puts us in a unique position to do this work. Using our science of behavior, we will present a framework and formula that one can apply to continue to do the work of social justice while ensuring they do not violate any laws put into place as roadblocks. We will also discuss how to continue the work when the threat of punishment is high and when generalization of skills into new environments is low.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Identify the formula one can use to ensure they do not violate a law enacted to prevent the work of social justice 2. Define behaviors of social justice 3. Identify potential punishers and develop a plan to counteract them 4. State the steps to take to generalize skills into novel environments
Activities: Instructional activities include: lecture, discussion, small group discussions, and individual and small group activities.
Audience: BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs, and behavior analyst students interested in addressing bias, diversity, and inclusion in supervision or as an application of behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): bias, humble behaviorism, punishment, social justice



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