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 Paper Session #408
CE Offered: BACB
Expanding Horizons: Integrating Clinical Behavior Analysis into Diverse Applications in Latin America
Monday, May 27, 2024
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center, 300 Level, Ballroom B
Area: DEI; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Daniel Kwak (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
CE Instructor: Yors A. Garcia, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: YORS A. GARCIA (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

Clinical behavior analysis involves applying the principles and methodologies of behavioral analysis to address challenges traditionally categorized as mental disorders. Recent demographic data reveals that clinical behavior analysis ranks as the third most emphasized area of professional focus in the United States (BACB, 2019; 4.36%), following autism and education. Notably, interventions rooted in clinical behavior analysis, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, derive from foundational research in behavior analysis. Despite this, the adoption of such approaches in applied settings remains limited. However, in Latin American countries, there exists significant potential for the widespread dissemination of behavior analysis within mainstream psychology, particularly in the realm of clinical behavior analysis. This presentation seeks to explore diverse pathways through which clinical behavior analysts can extend their influence into unconventional domains such as HIV, gender and sexual diversity, anxiety, and depression. Participants will be guided through a research endeavor aimed at integrating behavior analysis into traditional areas of psychology within a Latin American context. Through this exploration, we aim to illuminate novel opportunities for the application of behavior analysis and promote its broader integration into diverse fields of practice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience includes individuals with a foundational understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, including beginners. Additionally, it encompasses behavior analysts who apply clinical behavior analysis in their professional practice, as well as those specifically operating within Latin American contexts.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Analyze the principles and methodologies of clinical behavior analysis to effectively address mental health challenges. 2. Assess the potential impact of behavior analysis in mainstream psychology, particularly within clinical environments. 3. Develop integration strategies for behavior analysis across diverse clinical settings to enhance treatment effectiveness and patient outcomes.
YORS A. GARCIA (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)
Yors Garcia earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Services with a specialization in behavior analysis from Southern Illinois University in 2011. He has served as a behavior analyst at a private nonprofit program dedicated to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Additionally, Yors has contributed significantly as an adjunct and practicum supervisor within the Behavior Analysis program at the University of Nevada, Reno, providing expertise in on-site and remote supervision across diverse locations such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and the USA. Furthermore, he has held academic positions as an associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) and Konrad Lorenz University in Bogota, Colombia. Presently, he serves as an associate professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. In addition to his academic roles, Yors holds leadership positions as the president of the Culture & Diversity ABAI SIG and as an associate editor of The Psychological Record. Yors Garcia's research spans various topics such as acceptance and commitment training, derived relational responding, international supervision, bias, and racism. He has dedicated efforts to working with Latin communities both in Colombia and the USA, and he holds the distinction of being a founding member of the ABAI chapter in Colombia. He is passionate about advancing behavior analysis worldwide.



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