Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #406
Diversity submission Cross-Cultural Consideration in Case Conceptualization and Supervision: Identifying Treatment Targets and Delivering Effective Interpersonal Contingencies in Significantly Differing Contexts
Monday, May 29, 2023
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1-3
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Theory
GLENN M. CALLAGHAN (San Jose State University)
MARÍA XESÚS FROXÁN-PARGA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
GLADIS LEE PEREIRA XAVIER (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

The treatment of neuro-typical patients in an outpatient setting is the domain of clinical behavior analysis. The contingencies that shape behavior are often socially mediated by the therapist and frequently involve verbal behavior and relations. While the applicability of learning theory is universal, the appropriateness and potency of secondary interpersonal reinforcers are affected by many cultural and historical factors. This places a special burden on the therapist to assess the actual rather than a presumed functional relationship between patient and therapist interactions. Panel participants come from diverse cultures and universities. Each has been involved in training, research or supervision where reinforcing contingencies mediated by the therapist or supervisor can have different effects than intended. Stimulus properties and social practices can be sufficiently different such that the development of a case conceptualization and treatment plan requires an analysis of how the therapist and patient histories function differently than how the supervisor or therapist might normally presume in a more familiar social context. The panelists are most interested in questions and observations made by audience members. The same issues exist within and between social contexts, meaning all attendees could raise interesting issues for discussion.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Context, generalized reinforcementent, Stimulus functions, Therapy



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