Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Considerations for Behavior Analysts Working with Children and Families 2/6/18 10:00 am

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This webinar will review and discuss the BACB ethics code as it relates to cultural and linguistic diversity. First, the presenter will review how culture and language might influence responding in general, and suggest strategies for maximizing achievement and desirable behavior. Second, the presenter will discuss how language may influence the outcome of functional behavior assessments (both indirect and direct approaches to assessment), and how to minimize any challenges to a successful assessment. Third, the presenter will discuss social validity of interventions and present strategies to maximize the likelihood that interventions will be adopted in home settings. Finally, the presenter will propose ethical practices for working with families from a cultural or linguistic background that differs from their own, and explore some controversies in the field as they relate to the BACB ethics code.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this event:

1. Participants will be able to consider the role of culture and language on responding.
2. Participants will be able to describe how the language in which a functional behavior assessment is conducted might influence the outcome of that assessment, and how challenges posed by language differences may be addressed ethically.
3. Participants will be able to discuss how a family’s culture may influence the social validity of the interventions selected for their child.
4. Participants will be able to identify ethical practices for working with families from a cultural or linguistic background that differs from their own.
5. Participants will be able to describe what the BACB code mandates regarding working with individuals who represent diversity.


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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Pretest
10:10 am: Presentation begins
11;30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Sarah E. Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D earned her Masters and PhD with Dr. Brian Iwata at the University of Florida in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis program in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral). She supervises a research lab of Master’s and Doctoral students. Her current courses include: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Ethics for Behavior Analysts, Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis, and Functional Analysis and Function-Based Approaches to Intervention. Prior to this position, she was a faculty member at Utah State University. She is a former President of the Utah Association for Behavior Analysis and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a guest reviewer at Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Education and Treatment of Children, and Journal of Early Intervention. She has over 20 articles published or in press in peer-reviewed journals, including articles on cultural and linguistic diversity in behavior analysis.  Her current research interests include assessment and treatment of problem behavior and improving access to behavior analysis for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Dr. Bloom has no financial relationship with companies or organizations mentioned during this event. She does not receive any royalties for any book, materials, or curricula mentioned in the event. Dr. Bloom receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC.



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