Association for Behavior Analysis International

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10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Panel #2
CE Offered: BACB
A Cultural International Perspective on Interprofessional Collaboration When Working With Individuals Diagnosed With Autism
Sunday, September 29, 2019
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 6, A3/A4
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lina M. Slim-Topdjian, Ph.D.
Chair: Lina M. Slim-Topdjian (ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC; Seton Hall University)
DAG STRÖMBERG (Autism Center for Young Children, Stockholm)
SMITA AWASTHI (Behavior Momentum India)
SHARIFA YATEEM (Sharifa Yateem Consultancy)

With increased prevalence of autism combined with its core complex behavioral characteristics (DSM-V), practitioners are more likely to work on interdisciplinary teams to address these challenges (Brodhead, 2015). One effective component that leads to better health and educational client outcome is Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPEC) (WHO, 2016). The WHO presents a framework for action based on four core competency domains to be adopted by health and education systems to improve health outcome. Benefits to collaboration include skill building, shared responsibility in client outcome, brainstorming activities with shared roles and responsibilities, adoption of discipline-specific skills, designing comprehensive interventions that maximize client outcome (Cox, 2012), improved fidelity (Kelly and Tincani, 2013), increased understanding and mutual respect of each profession's value offerings, and building partnerships (Brodhead 2015). Challenges to collaboration include disagreements to treatment selection and plan, the type of skill expertise required, theoretical and cultural differences. Obstacles to collaboration may have negative effects on client progress and may lead to delayed treatment implementation and hence client access to effective treatment. This panel facilitates discussions regarding challenges to collaboration from a cultural international perspective and provides suggestions for effectively resolving these conflicts to improve health and education client outcome.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

All professional disciplines and providers, and educators, at all levels, involved in service delivery for ASD, and parents.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe four interprofessional education collaborative competencies 2. Identify challenges and solutions to effective interprofessional collaboration from a cultural international perspective 3. Identify cross-cultural competencies that promote interprofessional collaboration



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