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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #296
The Behavior Analyst and Cultural Competency
Monday, May 25, 2015
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
204A (CC)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Elizabeth Hughes Fong (Fielding Graduate University )
SUSAN JARMUZ-SMITH (University of New England)
RICHARD W. SERNA (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
REBECCA KATE DOGAN (OT&P Medical Practice)

Given the critical nature of behavioral intervention and its growing application across populations and countries, training behavior analysts in culturally competent practice is an ethical imperative. Culturally competent behavior analysts: 1) understand that their own cultural conditioning affects personal beliefs, values, and attitudes; 2) know their ethical responsibility to be knowledgeable about the world views of individuals and groups of differing cultures; and 3) build skills in using culturally appropriate communication, assessment, and intervention. Although the topic of culturally competent services has circulated for a while, anecdotal data demonstrate that professionals in our field report their initial or ongoing training has been inadequate to achieve these required practice standards. Currently, there exist few research-based resources of self-measurement and skill building with respect to culturally competent services. This panel discussion will explore culture competency and include data from a needs assessment of Board Certified Behavior Analysts. From this discussion we aim to better define the current state of culturally competent practice and outline what training, continuing education, and/or practice frameworks would support behavioral intervention across cultures. This is an initial step toward a larger discussion about what tools and strategies are required for culturally competent practice.

Keyword(s): competency self-assessment, cultural competency, differing populations



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