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 #W61
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission CANCELLED: Demonstrating Cultural Competency with Latinx Clients and Trainees
Friday, May 26, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom E
Area: CBM/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan Pyles, M.A.
Megan Pyles (Pyles & Associates), Ines Osorio Soto (Pyles and Associates)
Description: Behavior analysts work with diverse populations. It is imperative that all clinicians take a cultural perspective when creating and implementing programs for direct service recipient (e.g., person with disability, parent, teacher, trainee, etc.). It is the ethical duty of all ABA providers to “operate in the best interest of the clients.” (Bailey & Burch, 2016). To fully operate in the best interest of clients, a clinician must consider cultural differences in their programming. There are many different cultures to take into consideration. This workshop will focus on providing services to Latinx individuals. The workshop will define and discuss definitions of different Latinx groups, discuss culture as it pertains to Latinx people, discuss stereotypes and misconceptions of Latinx groups, explore the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)’s perspective on culture, take an ethical approach to providing culturally sensitive services, discuss translating and interpreting, and give an overview of working with Latinx parents, clients, and trainees. Workshop participants will also discuss inherent power inequities that may arise due to racial, gender, age, and educational factors.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Learning objective 1: Attendees will define the cultural perspective of providing services to Latinx communities. Learning objective 2: Attendees will implement cultural considerations when working with Latinx people and train another individual on techniques to create a working relationship with Latinx people. Learning objective 3: Attendees will label their own personal attributes that may lead to power inequities between themselves as treatment providers and Latinx individuals and demonstrate behaviors to remediate problems that arise from these power differentials.
Activities: The format of this workshop will include brief periods of lecture and modeling followed by guided practice in small groups to allow attendees to practice and receive feedback on the skills targeted in this workshop.
Audience: Experience conducting caregiver and staff training
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Cultural Competence, Cultural Sensitivity, Diversity/ Equity, Latinx



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