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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Workshop #W71
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Boosting Your Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services With Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP): Creating Meaningful and Culturally Humble Relationships With Stakeholders
Friday, May 24, 2024
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 11
Area: CBM/TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Yors A. Garcia, Ph.D.
AMANDA M MUÑOZ-MARTINEZ (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia), YORS A. GARCIA (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)
Description: ABA has established effective methods for enhancing individuals' lives. One recurring challenge in delivering ABA services involves enhancing treatment adherence, managing intense emotional responses, and addressing divesity issues that have traditionally been beyond the scope of behavior analysis, such as cultural humility, therapeutic relationships, and acceptance. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a behavioral-analytic approach that focused on enhancing interpersonal skills and social connections. In recent years, FAP has integrated cutural awareness and affirmative stances towards diversity. FAP assumes that relationships are mutually influential and ever-changing. Consequently, both the listener's and speaker's behavior must be considered to foster a meaningful, collaborative, and respectful interaction. FAP implements behavioral techniques such as shaping, modeling, and discrimination training to encourage effective communication. This would aid behavior analysts work by building up a mutually beneficial interaction with stakeholders. This workshop aims to train ABA providers on using FAP methods for boosting their interventions. This includes identifying clinically relevant behaviors, understanding how their own interpersonal skills and diversity impact their interactions with clients, eliciting problematic behaviors and improvements during sessions, and reinforcing stakeholders' interpersonal behaviors. The objective is to enhance therapeutic outcomes, promote treatment adherence, and nurture a culturally humble interaction.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify interpersonal behaviors of both individuals and stakeholders that enhance treatment adherence, (2) Utilize behavior-analytic techniques to enhance interpersonal behaviors and establish cooperative relationships with stakeholders, (3) Integrate behavior-analytic and FAP methods to optimize clinical results for parents, staff, and children, (4) Conduct real-time implementation of the workshop-acquired skills during interactions with clients, (5) Recognize cultural identities and hubly approach to diversity for boosting relationships with stakeholders
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, demonstration, experiential exercises, real-plays, and discussion. Participants will be provided with copies of powerpoint slides, exercises, and a list of suggested readings
Audience: Participants should include behavior analysts, psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, administrators, teachers, and direct care staff.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Cultural Humility, FAP, Functional Assessment, Therapeutic Relationship



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