Tara Fahmie – Considering our Ethical Standards of Cultural Competence in the Design of Training for Parents and Professionals in Chennai, India

1.0 Type II  Ethics CE Credits

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

About the presentation:
In regions such as India, where one-to-one behavior analytic intervention is not easily accessible, parents and service providers may advocate for children with disabilities better if they have foundational training in the behavior analytic approach to problem behavior. In this presentation, I will describe the development and evaluation of a training program delivered in Chennai, India. The training program covered the basics of behavioral function and best practice recommendations for functional behavior assessment and intervention. Aspects of the training were influenced by the cultural norms, beliefs, values, and practices of Chennai. Thus, I will review evidence supporting our ethical standard of cultural competence and provide an organized framework for its application to international training efforts. Finally, I will propose unique benefits and describe current limitations of a behavior analysis of cultural competence.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Identify the BACB ethics codes relevant to cultural competency
2. Describe a framework for adapting training to various cultures
3. Summarize the utility of a behavior analytic approach to cultural competence

About the presenter:

Dr. Tara Fahmie is an associate professor in the department of psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Fahmie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida, where she became inspired by the faculty to pursue a graduate degree in Behavior Analysis. She earned her masters degree from the University of Kansas, under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley, and her PhD from the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata. Dr. Fahmie is a BCBA-D and has over 10 years of experience implementing behavior analysis with various populations in clinics, schools, and residential settings. Dr. Fahmie currently conducts research in several preschool classrooms and in collaboration with local and global autism agencies. She has published on the functional analysis of problem behavior and on the acquisition of social skills in young children. These two initial research interests have led to her emerging passion for research on the prevention of problem behavior. Dr. Fahmie also contributes to the field as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and as the membership chair of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.

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