Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #411
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Culture as a Mediator: Diversity and Contextual Considerations in International Multielement Behaviour Support
Monday, May 27, 2024
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Independence Ballroom
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Rebecca L Beights, Ph.D.
Chair: Rebecca L Beights (The Centre for Positive Behaviour Support)
GEOFF POTTER (The Centre for Positive Behaviour Support)
MATTHEW JOHN SPICER (Anglicare Tasmania; Tasmania, Australia)
LORI ANN DOTSON (Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis)
Abstract: Culture influences behaviour of individuals and groups from both rule-governed and contingency-shaped operant paradigms. Despite widespread recognition of the value of culture, behaviour analytic service delivery models show limited practical examples and conceptualisation of culture as a mediator. A multielement behaviour support (MEBS) framework integrates culture as an important contextual variable to inform procedural implementation, participant-informed processes, assessment and intervention plans, and goals. MEBS establishes culture as a critical component for upholding participants’ rights and providing participant-informed support. This panel will define culture as a mediator and discuss practical implications of culture across international MEBS settings. Panellists will respond to questions related to inclusion of culture within behaviour analytic service delivery, alignment of culture, participant-informed decision-making, and human rights in the MEBS framework, and practical problem-solving and experiences with diverse cultural groups. Additionally, panellists will address concerns that the absence of cultural considerations can have on indivduals, communities, and the field of behaviour support. Outcomes of the panel include definition of culture as a nonlinear, contextual mediator and application of MEBS strategies to audience specific targets.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Audience members should have an understanding of behaviour support that includes contextual factors and considerations beyond a simple functional contingency or operant explanation of behaviour.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Define culture as a mediator within multielement behaviour support framework; (2) Describe two or more behavioural strategies or approaches within multielement behaviour support that reflect culturally-informed and human rights focused practice; (3) Identify one specific, personally relevant target (participant, behaviour, organisational policy) for improving culturally-informed, human rights-focused practice.
Keyword(s): Human rights, International service, Multielement support, Participant-informed decision-making



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