Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W22
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Teaching Ethical, Professional, and Culturally Humble Behavior to Trainees
Thursday, May 25, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 4C/D
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Odessa Luna, Ph.D.
ODESSA LUNA (St. Cloud State University), MICHELE R. TRAUB (St. Cloud State University), ARAYA VEROJPORN (St. Cloud State University), HANNAH ANSELMENT (St. Cloud State University )
Description: Ethical and professional behavior are among the most challenging elements of fieldwork training to define, teach, and evaluate. During this workshop we will review role-play scenarios that we incorporated into undergraduate and graduate ABA ethics courses to specifically target these skills. These role-plays required students to demonstrate and incorporate ethical and professional skills into common clinical interactions (e.g., obtaining consent for services and research, training staff, conducting a public presentation) and adapt and respond appropriately to scripted situational variables (e.g., anti-ABA rhetoric, differing cultural expectations, challenging environmental variables, personal questions). Workshop participants will practice implementing role-play scenarios, operationally defining specific ethical and professional behaviors, and evaluating role-play performance by trainees.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) understand behavior analysts’ ethical responsibility to program, teach, and evaluate trainee soft skills during supervision, 2) identify environmental and situational variables that occur during clinical interactions that require trainees to engage in soft skills in order to adhere to our ethical code, 3) collect data via a video recording using trainers’ professional skills assessment for trainee soft skills, and 4) create and evaluate their own professional skills assessment to ensure trainee clinical interactions are ethically sound.
Activities: Our workshop will integrate several activities. First, we will incorporate brief lecture and discussion, highlighting the need for more assessment and evaluation of BCBA trainee soft skills (active listening, engaging in declaration strategies, avoiding personal disclosure, use of empathy) when interacting with relevant stakeholders (parents, teachers, and staff). We will provide guided notes to participants, show video recordings of trainees practicing soft skills during a range of clinical activities, allow participants to take data with a professional skill assessment we created, and provide time for the creation and evaluation with workshop presenter feedback of an individualized skill assessment they can use for their BCBA trainees.
Audience: To be successful in the workshop and to have the most meaningful experience, audience members must be BCBA supervisors for trainees pursuing board certification.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): BCBA Supervision, Culturally Humble, Interpersonal Skills, Soft Skills



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