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 #311
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training: A Behavior Analytic Wellness Workshop Series
Monday, May 29, 2023
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2B
Area: CSS
Chair: Arianna Ty Lipton (Florida Institute of Technology)
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training: A Behavior Analytic Wellness Workshop Series
Domain: Service Delivery
ARIANNA TY LIPTON (Florida Institute of Technology), Kaitlynn Gokey (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: Behavior analysis can contribute greatly to engineering organizational cultures of inclusivity by reducing interpersonal discrimination and developing individual prosocial repertoires. General diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings primarily involve didactic instruction, mentalistic constructs, and may fail to pinpoint meaningful behaviors that generalize to the natural environment. In this presentation, the experimenters will describe an inclusion and wellness workshop series that used behavior analytic methods, such as the Teaching Interaction Procedure, modeling, and differential reinforcement, to teach college students and staff specific behaviors related to personal wellbeing and inclusivity in the community. Target behaviors included tacting interpersonal discrimination, responding appropriately to microaggressions directed at themselves as well as others, and self-monitoring and correction of discriminatory statements. This presentation will review the procedures used in the workshop, the resultant change in participant behavior, and a discussion of the relevant principles of Relational Frame Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and cultural selection. Behavior analysts are ethically obligated to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion with clients and staff, and the procedures presented here may be replicated in-vivo or in virtual formats to reduce interpersonal discrimination and promote inclusive organizational cultures.



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