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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Panel #408
BLEND Behavior Change Agents: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
Monday, May 29, 2023
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Erin Herndon (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
DANYL M.H. EPPERHEIMER (LittleStar ABA; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
MEGAN K VALESEY (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Starting a new habit is hard enough, now imagine changing the practices of entire groups of people. Behavioral Leadership in Education, Novel Science, and Dissemination (B.L.E.N.D.), a research lab based out of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago Campus, rises to the call to action to build our behavior analytic repertoires to include additional cultural humility practices within the domains of our more common applications (Wright, 2019; Tervalon & Murray-García, 1998). Presenters will discuss “old” and “current” practices that, although well-intentioned, threaten culturally-informed, inclusive applications. An acknowledgement of previous work has to be critically analyzed while, and Buckminster Fuller states, creating a new model that makes the old obsolete. We can increase kindness within behavior analysis and work with families for what they want without losing the science behind behavior. The bare minimum is no longer enough, and we encourage you to rise to the challenge within your practice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Community Inclusion, Progressive Practices



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