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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Symposium #347
CE Offered: BACB — 
From Self-Awareness to Accountability: A Multidimensional Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Supervision
Sunday, May 26, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 202 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Edward Justin Page (StepOne Neurodiversity Services)
Discussant: Jessica Naomi Cadette Dunn (Orlando Health)
CE Instructor: Elisa M. Cruz-Torres, Ed.D.

Four core principles lay the foundation of the “Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts”- Benefit Others, Treat Others with Compassion, Dignity, and Respect, Behave with Integrity, and Ensure Competence. While these principles and codes assist in maximizing credibility to our profession, they, above all, aim to protect the dignity and safety of our consumers. In addition to enhancing the mastery of conceptual knowledge and technical skills, Board Certified Behavior Analysts® must also be diligent in their delivery of culturally responsive care when addressing the needs of our diverse population, providing equitable and inclusive treatment to all recipients of our services, and teaching and modeling throughout clinical practice and supervisory experiences. This symposium will begin by highlighting some of the current issues impacting culturally responsive supervision by first examining the impact of potential personal biases in service delivery. Suggestions for approaches and strategies to alleviate and promote ethical and culturally responsive training processes will be reviewed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): culturally responsive, ethics, supervision
Target Audience:

Attendees should be practicing certified analysts who are or will be supervising others (i.e., BCaBAs, RBTs)

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Define and describe how implicit biases influence service delivery. 2. Operationally define behaviors that exemplify culturally competent supervision. 3. Identify strategies and resources to promote culturally sensitive supervisory training and practices.
Before We Go Out, We Must Go In
ELISA M. CRUZ-TORRES (Florida Atlantic University)
Abstract: Board Certified Behavior Analysts® do no harm by protecting the welfare and rights of consumers. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying and addressing factors and behaviors that negatively impact their professional activities and actively seeking to address and resolve the identified issues that may be contributing to these outcomes during the provision of services, including supervisory experiences. Providing culturally responsive supervision requires acknowledgment and acceptance that our personal biases influence how we treat others. In other words, in order to treat others with compassion, dignity, and respect, we must first become self-aware about how our unconscious thoughts, feelings, and perceptions as internal environmental stimuli affect the delivery of our services. This presentation will describe how increasing awareness of our own cultural beliefs and values can maximize behaving in an honest and trustworthy manner and be a catalyst for the provision of more culturally sensitive training, ultimately promoting cultural competency in supervisory practices.

Beyond the Code: Elevating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Supervision

CANDACE BARRETT (University of Miami)

Behavior analysts in supervisory roles are held accountable for their supervisory practices. As supervisors, they must prioritize the development and implementation of positive supervision and training relationships with their supervisees. One crucial aspect to consider during this process is diversity, which should be incorporated as a primary influence in shaping training and supervision practices. It is essential to recognize that each supervisee comes from a different background and culture. As a supervisor, you must be able to provide training and supervision that is responsive to their unique needs and experiences. Although our ethics code outlines supervisory practices, the execution often needs to be revised. The primary objective of the presentation is to explore various strategies and considerations that can aid in developing responsive supervision and training processes. Ultimately, the aim of enhancing supervisory practices is to ensure that supervisees receive adequate training and professional development that will enable them to provide high-quality services to their clients. By prioritizing positive relationships and diversity, behavior analysts can improve their supervisory practices and outcomes for supervisees and clients.




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