Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Workshop #W9
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Ethics and Cultural Coherence in Delivering ABA to Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
Friday, May 22, 2015
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
216A (CC)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Kent Corso, Psy.D.
KENT CORSO (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC)
Description: This workshop examines ethical issues which arise when working with military and veteran families. It delves deeply into military and veteran culture in order to help behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts develop interventions that reflect client preferences and carry social validity for this population. The workshop will cover the range of clinical problems currently experienced by military service members and veterans, with particular attention to how the experience of serving relates to these clinical sequelae. Attendees will learn about military values, terms, acronyms, and expressions and how to apply this knowledge to improve their understanding of the military and veteran cultural frame of reference (i.e., reinforcement history). Finally, attendees will learn how to practice with family members in a culturally competent manner, which has particular importance for those working with spouses or children of military members (e.g., TRICARE ECHO Autism Demonstration Program). Content is developed to meet the requirements for three ethics continuing education units for BACB certificants and/or licensed psychologists.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants shouldbe able to: (1) identify salient ethical principles which arise with this population; (2) list the values that are widely embraced by military service members and veterans; (3) list specific methods of delivering applied behavior analysis that reflect military and veteran cultural values; (4) explain the behavioral etiology of many of the current post-deployment symptoms; and (5) describe specific actions behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts can take to practice in a culturally competent way when working in the TRICARE ECHO Autism Demonstration Program.
Activities: Instructional strategies consist of didactic lecture, video presentation, discussion, and small group breakouts to apply the didactic information.
Audience: Behavior analysts (master's and doctoral level), assistant behavior analysts, and licensed psychologists, especially those working within the TRICARE ECHO Autism Demonstration Program; anyone wishing to pursue work with this population; and those who desire ethics continuing education credits.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, cultural competence, ethics, military/veteran



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