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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #398a
CE Offered: BACB
Ethics in Behavioral Research and Practice: Translating "Cultures" or Creating a New World Order?
Monday, May 26, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robyn M Catagnus, M.Ed.
Chair: Robyn M. Catagnus (Ball State University)
DANA GARNER (Penn State)
ELIZABETH HUGHES FONG (The Progressions Companies)
REBECCA KATE DOGAN (Self-employed)

In celebration of ABA International's 40th anniversary, the Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts (MultiABA) is hosting a panel discussion on the ethical application of behavior analysis to increasingly diverse populations. The panel will reflect on the surge in international immigration over the past four decades and discuss the implication for effective service delivery to individuals from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. What steps have been taken to develop cultural competence in practitioners of applied behavior analysis, and are they sufficient? Panelists will discuss ABAI's own diversity policy and consider whether the BACB?s Guidelines for Responsible Conduct adequately address the ethical challenges associated with cross-cultural collaboration. Participants will learn of efforts made by members of the MultiABA Special Interest Group to develop the Standards for Cultural Competence in Behavioral Analysis (Hughes Fong & Tanaka, 2013), and of the organization?s affiliation with the United Nations and intent to attend the Disabilities Panel of the UN general assembly in September, 2014.

Keyword(s): cross-cultural competence, diversity, ethics, multicultural



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