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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Panel #186
Diversity submission Empowering Developing Nations: A Pilot Program to Behavioral Science Dissemination Through Local Government and Clinical Collaboration
Sunday, May 26, 2024
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Liberty Ballroom Salon A
Area: CSS/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Mary Wong, Psy.D.
Chair: Mary Wong (Thrive Behavioral Care, LLC)
ANNA MARIE LORENZO GALAY (Thrive Behavioral Care)
MARY WONG (Thrive Behavioral Care, LLC)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field that has yet to extend globally. Diversity in cultural and socio-economic contexts create barriers to straightforward replication of ABA systems from more industrialized countries. Extensive supervision and collaboration between local and international providers are vital to foster growth, uphold standards, and ensure effectiveness in developing nations. Government agencies play a vital role in establishing new disciplines within its country. In the Philippines, a considerable portion of the population live in poverty with limited access to essential services. A lack of public and private funding and only 7 Board Certified Behavior Analysts serving the 13th most populated country in the world exacerbate the struggle for accessible behavioral healthcare. In response to the challenges, the city of Paranaque was the first to enact an ordinance including ABA in its provision of free services to the community. The local government unit and international behavior analysts collaborated to provide on-going training for families with special needs in a pilot program aimed at establishing an infrastructure of sustainable behavioral support in the tenth largest city in the Philippines. Initial outcomes and barriers will be presented alongside recommendations for further action and replication in other developing cities and countries.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BACB and QABA certified clinicians

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Identify barriers to international dissemination 2. List at least three strategies to establishing behavioral services in local communities 3. Identify roles of international practitioners in supporting behavior analysis in developing countries
Keyword(s): Accessibility, Dissemination, Diversity, Inclusion



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