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 #164
CE Offered: BACB
Hello From the Other Side: Behaving Outside the Box to Maximize the Impact of Your Career
Sunday, May 28, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 4
Area: CBM/CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Matthew Capriotti, Ph.D.
Chair: Saba Torabian (San Jose State University)
MATTHEW CAPRIOTTI (San Jose State University)
SABRINA DARROW (University of California, San Francisco)

Applied behavior analysis is a well-established field. Both trainees and established professionals have clear-cut paths to train, publish, and practice within traditional wheelhouses of ABA. Behavior analysis has had a huge, important, and undeniable impact in a few areas (most notably, clinical practice with individuals with disabilities). And yet, as Skinner and other have noted, our science has hardly realized its potential to address the litany of other social and clinical problems that plague humanity. As social justice movements have boomed in recent years, our students, colleagues, and friends express increasing interest in tackling new and vexing challenges, integrating our science into mainstream areas of practice, and affecting system-level and policy changes. This event will showcase a conversation among panelists who have gone outside the box in their careers, venturing into spaces rarely occupied by behavior analysts. Panelists will discuss their work implementing behavior-analytic solutions for diverse issues, such as ending health disparities, preventing suicide and child abuse, and improving routine pediatric care. Panelists will engage in a frank discussion about their experiences in this work. Special consideration will be given to facilitators and barriers to their efforts to expand their professional scope, both from beyond and within the behavior analysis community. Panelists will reflect on key choice-points in their career and training and share lessons learned regarding career development. Ample time will be devoted to Q&A with audience members considering an expansion of their work beyond behavior analytic comfort zones.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): career development, clinical, community interventions



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