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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #378
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission May We Offer Another Perspective? Ethics and Cultural Considerations
Sunday, May 24, 2020
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda N. Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair: Amanda N. Kelly (BEHAVIORBABE (Hawai'i); Distinguished Organization of Behavior Enterprises, Hawai'i Association of Behavior Analysis)
NICOLE M. DAVIS (Northeastern University)
ANTONIO M. HARRISON (Renaissance Behavior, LLC)
AMOY HUGH-PENNIE (Understanding Behavior, Inc.; TCI-VCS Program)

“The scientist may appeal to his own culture or history only when it resembles that of the subject he is studying. Even then he may be wrong, just as the layman's quick practical reaction may be wrong…” (B.F. Skinner, p. 302). Our attitudes, beliefs, values, and experiences shape how we perceive and respond to the world around us. As behavior analysts, often in consultative capacities, we find ourselves interacting with numerous individuals who have histories and behavioral repertoires that differ from our own. This panel aims to discuss ethics for analysts and to offer perspectives from behavior analysts whose backgrounds; both personal and professional have likely differed from yours, and perhaps from the majority of other analysts. Through our stories, we hope to create a conversation where we can begin to become comfortable with the discomfort, particularly when cultural differences arise. We invite you to join us and to hear varying perspectives about the roles behavior analysts play and the role behavior analysis plays in each of our lives.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Our target audience are newly credentialed and seasoned behavior analysts and any other mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives: 1. List two ethical code elements which were referenced by the panelists. 2. Name an ethical code that is commonly used when discussing difference in culture. 3. List two strategies for becoming more culturally competent/sensitive.
Keyword(s): culture, dissemination, diversity, ethics



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