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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Paper Session #257
CE Offered: BACB
Disability-Affirming Supervision: Future Directions in Applied Behavior Analytic Supervision
Sunday, May 28, 2023
6:00 PM–6:25 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Grace Ecko Jojo (Simmons University)
CE Instructor: Grace Ecko Jojo, M.S.

Disability-Affirming Supervision: Future Directions in Applied Behavior Analytic Supervision

Domain: Service Delivery
GRACE ECKO JOJO (Simmons University)

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis has been undergoing a shift towards increasing diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural humility in the past few years. A collective call to action was sent in 2019 in a special issue of Behavior Analysis in Practice, calling for increased diversity and representation within the field, from the institutional level down to practitioners and researchers. Articles, discussions, and reports have been published on increased attention to cultural humility towards clients and stakeholders, as well as practitioners. Little attention has been provided, however, to the diversity of Behavior Analysis Certification Board supervisees. Disability of supervisees has not yet been addressed in the field, and as practitioners and supervisors, it is critical to have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to train and shape the behavior of supervisees with disabilities. The present paper reviews the literature, research, and best practices from the field of psychology; recommendations and examples of tools are provided to create a disability-affirming environment in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.




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