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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #525
CE Offered: BACB
Face the Strange: The Role of Behavior Analysis in Promoting Civil Rights in Americas Current Political Climate
Monday, May 28, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom G
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Malika N. Pritchett, M.S.
Chair: Rebecca Copell (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
REBECCA COPELL (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
MALIKA N. PRITCHETT (Positive Enlightenment)

United States politics are currently more divisive than they have been in decades, with individuals across the political spectrum expressing fear and uncertainty about the future. Amongst these fears is the perception of a real and present threat to the rights many see as defining the U.S. as a country. Indeed, lay people and experts alike express significant concern about the protection of basic human rights like safety, security, and health care. And these concerns extend beyond our borders. And these concerns are not without good reason. With this in mind, what role might we have as scientists and professionals committed to affecting behavior change for the better of humanity? Behavior Analysis, as a whole, is no stranger to advocacy. Behavior analysts have mobilized and organized to protect consumers from harm and ensure the survival of our profession. What, then, could be if we poured that same effort into creating cultural change to promote civil rights on a local, national, or even global scale? This panel will focus on (1) the analysis of the current political climate from a behavioral perspective and (2) the role of behavior analysis in protecting civil rights with a specific emphasis on immediately accessible and effective actions.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts and behavior therapists with an interest in behavior regarding politics, behavior regarding civil rights, and ways to intervene in the community.

Learning Objectives: Learning objectives: 1) Discuss Behavior Analysiss role in politics. 2) Discuss behavior change regarding civil rights. 3) Brainstorm ideas on ways to intervene in the community.
Keyword(s): Civil Rights, Cultural Change, Human Rights, Political Climate



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