Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #212
Diversity submission PDS: Cultural Humility and Awareness in Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 29, 2022
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Room 156A
Area: CSS; Domain: Theory
Chair: Emma Auten (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
ELIZABETH HUGHES FONG (Pepperdine University)
VANESSA BETHEA-MILLER (Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting)

The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (2022) code 1.07 states that behavior analysts should “actively engage in professional development activities to acquire knowledge and skills related to cultural responsiveness and diversity”. The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct indicates that “Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of such groups” (American Psychological Association, 2017). Cultural humility has been discussed as it relates to behavior analysis at both individual and institutional levels and has been defined as “…a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and critique to address power imbalances and develop mutually beneficial and nonpaternalistic partnerships with communities” (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998 as cited by Wright, 2019). Thus, it is paramount that students develop a foundation and understanding of cultural humility and responsiveness during their training. To discuss this, a panel of experts will answer questions and discuss how students can continually commit to acquiring the knowledge and skills related to cultural responsiveness and diversity.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): cultural humility, diversity, equity, inclusion



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