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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #136
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Let's Talk Privilege and Power
Saturday, May 25, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Independence Ballroom
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Natalie Parks, Ph.D.
Chair: Beverly Kirby (Team ABA LLC)
NATALIE PARKS (Saint Louis University)
RYAN SAIN (Mary Baldwin University)

This panel is an engaging and thought-provoking panel discussion that delves into the intricacies of privilege and power from a behavioral perspective. This will be an audience-interactive events that offers a nuanced exploration of these complex concepts, shedding light on their behavioral definitions and how they manifest in everyday life. The panelists will utilize specific topics as case studies to exemplify the tangible impacts of privilege and power on individuals from diverse backgrounds. By employing behaviorally conceptually systematic language, the discussion aims to demystify the terms, making them accessible for research and data collection and analysis of the behaviors associated with each concept. This panel also extends the conversation to the realm of culture, emphasizing the interconnectedness of privilege and power with cultural differences. Participants will gain valuable insights into how these dynamics influence societal structures, relationships, and individual experiences. They will also leave with a deeper understanding of the role privilege and power play in our lives and society at large.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Those who attend this session should have background knowledge of culture and how it is defined behaviorally. They should be aware of terms like interlocking behavioral contingencies, metacontingencies, and macrocontingencies.

Learning Objectives: 1) Define power and privilege using conceptually systematic behavior analytic theory 2) Identify potential challenges one may face based upon their background and lived experiences 3) Discuss one's own cultural experiences and how they shape one's interactions with others
Keyword(s): culturally responsive, culture, diversity, privilege



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