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 #457
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Evaluating the Effects of Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Within the BCBA/RBT Supervision Model
Monday, May 25, 2020
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: CSS/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Mawule A. Sevon, Other
Chair: Shawn Capell (Covenant 15:16 LLC )
MAWULE A. SEVON (The Key Consulting Firm, LLC)
KIMBERLY EDWARDS (SIQS Educational Consulting, LLC)
SHANEERIA K PERSAUD (United Behavior Analysis Inc.)

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis has experienced tremendous growth since its inception. According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, between the years 2016 and 2018, the total number of certified behavior analysts has increased by over 30%, and the total number of registered behavior technicians® has nearly doubled. An essential component for obtaining and maintaining these certifications include supervision hours. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has provided task lists regarding the items and topics required for adequate supervision; however, no components of cultural responsiveness and awareness are included. With the increase of behavior analysis within culturally diverse populations, it is imperative that our field develop new and innovative ways of including cultural competency into the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and Registered Behavior Technician® supervision experience. Many behavior analysts have reported not receiving sufficient training within the areas of diversity and cultural responsiveness and feel unprepared to serve diverse clients and communities adequately. This workshop is designed to address the gap in formal training specific to the lack of diversity and cultural responsiveness across the supervision continuum.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Registered Behavior Technicians; Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts; Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: 1. Define cultural responsive practice 2. Understand and apply the impact of cultural responsive practice on the supervision continuum 3. Apply cultural responsive practices to the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and Task List
Keyword(s): Certification, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Sensitivity, Supervision



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