Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #287
Diversity submission Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationships for LGBTQ+ Behavior Analysts
Sunday, May 26, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon CD
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jonathan K Fernand, Ph.D.
Chair: Jonathan K Fernand (Florida Institute of Technology)
MATTHEW CAPRIOTTI (San Jose State University)
ABIGAIL KAYLYN PETRONELLI (Western Michigan University)
ARIANNA TY LIPTON (Florida Institute of Technology)

7% of US adults, and 1 in 5 members of Gen Z, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ, Gallup, 2022). These population data imply the presence of a large, and likely growing, number of LGBTQ+ behavior analysts. These individuals have much to offer our field, including a particular promise to address the clear need for LGBTQ+ affirming approaches to clinical service delivery. At the same time, LGBTQ+ trainees in allied health and science fields often report experiencing discrimination, non-acceptance, and/or non-inclusion in professional settings, which can decrease both professional engagement and personal wellbeing (Boustaini & Taylor, 2020; Hsueh et al., 2021). The goal of this panel is to catalyze behavior analysts’ thinking on how they can move toward more effective and culturally-responsive approaches to mentoring LGBTQ+ behavior analysts. Panelists from a range of career stages will speak to their lived experiences navigating mentor-mentee relationships in academic and clinical service settings. Both facilitators of and barriers to effective training will be discussed. Ample time will be devoted to audience Q&A, with an explicit invitation for LGBTQ+ mentees in attendance to pose questions that speak to their lived experiences.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts who serve as mentors or supervisors at any level of behavior-analytic practice, research, or training.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe three barriers to effective mentorship that LGBTQ+ trainees often experience (2) Engage in self-reflection to identify effective and ineffective approaches to mentoring LGBTQ+ trainees in their own careers (3) Discuss practices to move their supervisory approach toward a greater degree of cultural competence with LGBTQ+ mentees.
Keyword(s): diversity, LGBTQ, supervision, transgender



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