Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #286
CE Offered: BACB/QABA
Diversity submission Embracing Diversity and Promoting Inclusivity to Create a More Cohesive and Effective Person-Centered Community Within the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 26, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 203 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Claire Norris, M.S.
Chair: Claire Norris (QABA Credentialing Board)
SHEENA M PIEHOTA (QABA Credentialing Board)
JESSICA SWANSON (Summit Health Services)
Abstract:

Behavior Analysts have a responsibility to promote inclusivity and acceptance within the field of ABA. First and foremost, analysts should recognize that individuals with differing educational backgrounds or certifications are not competitors, but rather colleagues and counterparts; a team whose goal is to have a positive impact on the lives we serve. With the perpetuation of negative attitudes towards differences and preferences of qualified professionals, a divide is created within the field of applied behavior analysis and has undoubtedly contributed to unnecessary barriers with collaboration, progress, and medically necessary treatment.The field of Applied Behavior Analysis has seen rapid and exponential growth in recent years, with a significant increase in demand for certified practitioners. For many years, the limited choices available in pursuing certification have been a significant hindrance to the growth and development of the populations we are all dedicated to serve. Families across the country have experienced service delays extending into months, and in some cases years due to the increase in need and plateau of available providers. Through embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity, we can create a more cohesive and effective person-centered community within the field of applied behavior analysis. Panelists will discuss the presence of clinical bias and preconceived notions which stand to threaten the very foundation behavior analysis was founded upon. Through meaningful discussion and the analyzing of cultural competency the panelists will identify the need for acceptance, tolerance and collaboration amongst providers to ensure practitioners provide their clients with the best possible treatment and outcomes.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Certificants of an accredited certifying entity such as the QABA Credentialing Board.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be  able to 1. state that colleagues and counterparts may have different credentials with different education 2. explain that previous limited choices available in pursuing certification have been a significant hindrance to the growth and development of the populations 3. explain why acceptance, tolerance and collaboration amongst providers will ensure practitioners provide their clients with the best possible treatment and outcomes
Keyword(s): ceritifed practitioners, growth/development, person-centered, service delays
 

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