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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Invited Tutorial #515
CE Offered: BACB — 
Empowered to Lead: Effective Tools and Practices Toward Culturally Responsive Leadership in the Field of Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 27, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 108 AB
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi, Ed.D.
Chair: Jennifer J. McComas (University of Minnesota)
Presenting Authors: : NASIAH CIRINCIONE-ULEZI (Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi)

Leaders within the field behavior analysis are increasingly called to affirm, recognize, and validate the cultural experiences of a diverse workforce and clientele, as one of many ways to produce positive outcomes (Campos-Moreira L. D., Cummings, Grumbach, Williams, & Hooks, 2020). Embracing a culturally responsive leadership framework can both strengthen and expand a leader’s capacity to meet the robust needs of those they serve (Campos-Moreira L. D., Cummings, Grumbach, Williams, & Hooks, 2020). During this 110-minute invited tutorial Dr. Cirincione-Ulezi will discuss and share how leaders can utilize values identification, compassionate communication, and the practice of self-reflection via reflective practice and reflective supervision, as means to both develop and demonstrate culturally responsive leadership.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

All – beginner, intermediate, advanced

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify and define the component skills associated with demonstrating leadership from a culturally responsive leadership framework; (2) Identify and discuss the role of values and valuing in culturally responsive leadership; (3) Identify, discuss, and describe component behavior skills associated with compassionate communication in leadership; (4) Define, describe, and discuss self-reflection and the component skills needed to include and demonstrate reflective practice and reflective supervision, within a culturally responsive leadership framework; (5) Define, describe, and discuss the terms cultural humility and cultural responsiveness and clarify how these terms apply and relate to leadership and supervision.
NASIAH CIRINCIONE-ULEZI (Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi)
Dr. Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi is a board certified behavior analyst, with a doctorate degree in education from Loyola University of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a master's degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. She is a graduate of the infant studies and mental health program at Erikson Institute of Chicago. In addition to her BCBA credential, she is an Illinois licensed special education teacher, an Illinois Early Intervention provider, and State of Illinois evaluator. Professionally, she has served as a special educator, clinician, educational administrator, and professor of special education. Her clinical experience spans infancy through adulthood. Currently, she is the CEO & Founder of ULEZI, LLC Co-founder of Inquiry, Inc, and serves as a court-appointed special advocate, for children in the Illinois foster care system. She is also a Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis Affiliate Chapters Board and former President of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis. She is a champion for human dignity, liberation and self-expression and is deeply committed to using her skills and experiences, paired with the science of applied behavior analysis, to transform the lives of the people she supports and serves, in ways that make a meaningful and positive difference for their lives.



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