The Ethical Imperative to Ensure Cultural Competence and Sensitivity among Behavior Analysts

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This talk was filmed at the 2019 Ethics in  Professional Practice Conference at Endicott College

About the presentation:

Behavior analysts are just beginning to operationally define cultural competence and sensitivity in service provision. It is important for behavior analysts to understand the ways in which cultural variables broadly and specifically impact the development of collaborative relationships with families and in other professional contexts. In this talk, we will review how the Professional and Ethical and Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts guides practitioners in this important realm. In addition, the skills needed for successfully navigating these challenges will be discussed. Implications for teaching, training, and supervision will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Identify relevant sections of the Code and the core skills necessary to provide culturally sensitive service provision
2. Understand the use of scenarios and tools to assist in training and supervising behavior analysts in this area
3. Consider ethical mandates to increase decision making for services

About the presenter:
Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for almost 30 years. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990 and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, teaching social skills to learners with autism, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation.