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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #343
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission A Radical Pursuit of Cultural Awareness
Sunday, May 26, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Swissôtel, Lucerne Ballroom Level, Lucerne 1/2
Area: PCH/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Dominique Michellee Rougeau, M.A.
DOMINIQUE MICHELLEE ROUGEAU (Mental Connections of Southwest Louisiana/ Crossing Roads ABA, LLC)
STACHA VERA (Denton Independent School District)
ARIELLE ARMSTRONG (The Behavior Exchange)

Though behavior analysis has its own theoretical framework for the concept of culture, low efforts have been made to apply it to addressing macro-level, social issues, such as creating measures to avoid discrimination and bias. As a science and practice dedicated to behavior change, there is an obligation to be well-informed in how to effectively service vulnerable populations with multicultural competence. Given that behavior analytic technologies have produced effective cultural change, diversity and inclusion strategies are able to be addressed by behavior analysts as topics of interest. Furthermore, these strategies should be systematically integrated into supervision, academia, and service delivery to ensure that we are seeking to improve the social validity of our field. This panel attempts to help offer some insight on how to define bias and discrimination, as well as strategies to incorporate diversity and inclusion within various roles. Panelist Chair:

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience is any individual practicing or teaching applied behavior analysis, or in an otherwise supervisory role in the field of behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) understand the expansive definition of "multiculturalism" ; (2) identify boundaries to multicultural competence; (3) address these barriers in an ethical manner.
Keyword(s): diversity, inclusion, multicultural competence, social issues



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