Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission CANCELLED: De-fuzzifying Inclusivity and Cultural Competency: Identifying Specific Behaviors and Strategies for Improvement
Friday, May 26, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Quartz AB
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jonathan Fernand, Ph.D.
Abigail Petronelli (Western Michigan University), Madison Duke (Florida Institute of Technology ), Kelcie E McCafferty (Florida Institute of Technology), Jonathan Fernand (Florida Institute of Technology), Sarah Campau (University of Arkansas), Candace Fay (Florida Institute of Technology)
Description: The importance of inclusionary efforts and cultural competence is outlined throughout various policies, ethical guidelines, and organizations. However, what does it mean to be inclusive and culturally competent? What behaviors would indicate a robust repertoire of inclusive and culturally competent skills? During this workshop, we de-fuzzify what it means to be inclusive and culturally competent by pinpointing specific behaviors. We will present information on how current approaches to inclusion and cultural competence may largely be ineffective in promoting the change they intend. We will review some considerations for training and development in OBM literature and take those approaches to work collaboratively to identify and create behavior analytic descriptions of inclusive and culturally competent behaviors. We will then review current literature in behavior analysis surrounding DEI topics and broader behavior change targets to offer suggestions for strategies to increase engagement in inclusive and culturally competent practices previously identified. Implications for such activities may inform clinical practices, supervision, and research.
Learning Objectives: (1) Discuss the importance of pinpointing specific behaviors related to inclusion and cultural competence. (2) Creating behavior-analytic descriptions of inclusive and culturally competent practices. (3) Apply evidence-based procedures to behaviors related to inclusion and cultural competence.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, small and large group discussion, and feedback. Supplemental materials overviewing some key terms and concepts within DEI will also be provided.
Audience: This workshop is designed for anyone interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Background knowledge of DEI topics is encouraged, but not necessary for this workshop. Knowledge of OBM concepts is also not required for this workshop. Participants may include BCBA’s, BCaBA’s, BCBA-D’s, or other supervisors, students, and other certified professionals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Cultural Competence, DEI, Ethics, OBM



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