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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #215
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
From Reinforcers to Religion: Navigating Ethical and Professional Issues in Multicultural Service Delivery
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1E/F
Area: PRA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michele R. Traub, Ph.D.
Chair: Michele R. Traub (St. Cloud State University)
KAR YAN CATHERINE TAM (Autism Partnership Hong Kong)
PAMELA OLSEN (The New England Center for Children - Abu Dhabi)
MARGARET BLOOM (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)

As the number of behavior analysts practicing internationally grows, there is an increasing need for our field to navigate complex social and cultural differences while remaining in line with our fundamental philosophies and our professional and ethical guidelines. Across the United States and the world, differences abound in the acceptability of certain behaviors, the treatment of individuals with disabilities, the use of reinforcement and punishment, and the role of religious, educational, and governmental institutions. The expansion of our field into new markets and areas of practice has outpaced our ethics and compliance code, and many practitioners need to balance social validity and cultural sensitivity with professional guidelines. This panel discussion will bring together practitioners from around the world to share experiences in delivering behavioral services in an increasingly multicultural society. Topics to be addressed include the use of punishment, prioritizing treatment goals, selecting reinforcers, navigating religious and cultural beliefs, and legal and ethical compliance issues.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): culture, ethics, international



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