Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #311
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Supporting Mentees in the Aquistion of Cultural Humilty and Soft Skill
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon CD
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Dana R. Reinecke, Ph.D.
Chair: Dana R. Reinecke (Capella University)
CHERYL J. DAVIS (Russell Sage College; SupervisorABA)
JACOB PAPAZIAN (Capella University)
FERNANDE DEGUENON (Verbal Beginnings)

The number of BCBAs has increased rapidly in the last few years, and many mentees are receiving supervision from mentors who trained under earlier task list content. With the addition of cultural humility and soft skills on the current task list, and future test content list 6, it is imperative that supervisors are versed in teaching these skills to trainees. Improving cultural humility and soft skills in behavior analysts is crucial to improve the practice of behavior analysis for diverse groups of individuals across cultures. Currently, there is not much data on teaching cultural humility and soft skills to current and future behavior analysts. This panel will discuss using culturally humble practices within supervision as a model, as well as strategies for assessing and teaching these practices with mentees using evidence-based practices. Similarly, we will discuss how soft skills can be modeled in supervision and systematically assessed and trained in mentees. The panelists are supervisors who prioritize cultural humility and soft skills in their practice. The moderator will facilitate questions from the audience as well as ones that organically transpire in the course of the conversation.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This event is designed to increase intermediate or advanced skills in providing mentorship to mentees, specifically, increase cultural humility and soft skills. Attendees should have completed the required supervision course and provided supervision to mentees, BCaBAs, or RBTs, as well as want to increase their own skills in this area. In addition, these more nuanced skills will be explicitly reviewed using objective measures and concrete ways to teach them will be provided.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to discuss the importance of teaching cultural humility and soft skills with mentees. Participants will be able to describe at least three ways to teach cultural humility and soft skills with mentees. Participants will be able to describe current best practices related to assessing skill acquisition with mentees of cultural humility and soft skills
Keyword(s): cultural humilty, mentorship, soft skills, Supervision



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