There are no one-size fits all interventions, and behavior analysts who overlook cultural differences imperil effectiveness (Bumstead & Boyce, 2005). The scientific exploration of Applied Behavior Analysis has the potential to enhance and impact problems of mass social validity, but this cannot happen effectively if we lack cultural humility and the understanding that everyone, culture, or sub-culture often responds differently to the same set of contingencies. Without seeking to understand an individual’s history of reinforcement and exposing ourselves to idiosyncratic cultural norms, we are inadvertently putting ourselves as practitioners in positions where we are not liked or trusted. This training will promote strategies on how to effectively interact with and provide interventions for families that we service by leading with understanding of who they are instead of leading with the science of ABA. This training will also include a storytelling method of teaching to help the learner gain insight on the caregiver’s perspective.
Developing Cultural Humility | Ethics & DEI BCBA CEU Credits: 2.5
Dominique Shorter- Taylor is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), CEO of Shorter-Taylor Behavior Consulting and Co-Founder of Beyond ABA, LLC. Dominique is most known for her Dom the BCBA Mom YouTube channel and online persona where she creates vivacious content sharing her unique intersectionality as a BCBA and Autism Mom. Dominique has been working with individuals with dual diagnosis and neurological differences, including Autism, for 13 years and has made it her mission to collaborate with other professionals and disseminate the benefits of ABA in unconventional ways to all in need. She has been a presenter at the Women in Behavior Analyst (WIBA) conference three years in a row in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and leadership. She presented at the Black Applied Behavior Analyst (BABA) 2022 Conference. When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 4 children, volunteering with organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, and leading the media team at her local church. She loves creating content for her social media platforms and promoting a healthy work/life balance.
- Seek to understand why people often respond differently to the same set of contingencies.
- Interactions with each family or stakeholder should be based on learning their idiosyncratic operant conditioning and history of learning.
- Remove personal biases and seek Social Validity with any intervention and interaction
- Implement Strategies listed in Fong et. al for developing cultural awareness of self and clients while effectively applying findings to treatment and intervention methods.
- Demonstrate best practices and the approach to treatment integrity and effective Dissemination
- Ethical Code 1.07 Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity
- 1.10 Awareness of Personal Biases and Challenges