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 #228
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Teaching, Learning, and Practicing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the Context of Laws Targeting LGBTQ+ People: A Panel to Discuss Actions and Supports Needed
Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Independence Ballroom
Area: CSS/TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Jonathan K Fernand, Ph.D.
Chair: Mary Llinas (University of South Florida, USF)
JONATHAN K FERNAND (Florida Institute of Technology)
BRYN HARRIS (University of North Texas)
AMANDA RALSTON (NonBinary Solutions)

The purpose of this panel is to discuss how recent state legislation in states such as Florida, Texas, and Tennessee are actively threatening the teaching and practice of Applied Behavior Analysis in relation LGBTQ+ and Gender, Sexual and Romantic Minority (GSRM) populations. Panelists will explore difficulties they have encountered in their roles as students, faculty members, and clinicians in affected areas, including intersectionalities between marginalized groups they embody, serve, supervise, or teach. Panelists will share the disproportionate impact these restrictions have on LGBTQAI+ Black, Indigenous, People of Color". In addition, panelists will discuss how the legislation conflicts with the BACB’s Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (2022) and explore how other related fields have handled similar challenges. The panelists will consider how credentialing bodies that provide course sequence or program accreditation can leverage support for marginalized students. Finally, the panelists will propose specific revisions to the Ethics Code that will provide support for university training programs and practicing clinicians as these laws are challenged in court and provide recommendations based on their individual experiences and suggestions made by the audience.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

N/A - Submitted as Basic level

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe how recently passed state legislation threatens the teaching and practice of ABA with targeted populations. (2) Reflect on how the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts’ values conflict with these laws. (3) Discuss proposed changes to the BACB Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts and credentialing bodies to support those fighting these laws.
Keyword(s): accredidation, ethics, intersectionality, LGBTQ+



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