In recent years, the topic of including diversity awareness within applied behavior analysis has been widely discussed. As we grow as a field, so is the diversity of individuals that we are likely to work with. Individuals from different parts of the world and with different values, beliefs, attitudes, etc. It is important to keep these differences in mind when working with our clients. The purpose of this presentation is to provide the viewer with specific skills that can be use when working with families with a diverse cultural background. Throughout the presentation, examples and current research on the topic as supplemental materials to the learning objectives will be introduced.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: (1) Define culture as behavior analysts; (2) Review the importance of understanding culture as a behavior analyst; (3) Develop cultural awareness skills; (4) Provide culture-centered interventions; and (5) Review current research in applied behavior analysis related to culture.

Course Instructor

Adriana Rodriguez, M.A., BCBA

Adriana Rodriguez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She earned her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science from Rollins College. Adriana has experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Fragile X syndrome, she has worked with a variety of age groups ranging from early intervention to young adults. Ms. Rodriguez’s graduate research focused on the effect of including cultural concerns when providing parent training on behavioral interventions. Currently, Adriana is working as a behavior analyst for a school district in Florida.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Course Materials

    • Introduction and About Instructor

    • Housekeeping Items for Course

    • Case Study Introduction

    • Case Study Example

    • Introductory Case Study Debrief

    • Course Overview and Learning Objectives

  • 2

    Part I: Importance of Understanding Culture

    • Culture Defined

    • Active Student Responding

    • The Importance of Understanding Culture as a Behavior Analyst

    • Active Student Responding

  • 3

    Part II: Developing Cultural Awareness

    • Developing Cultural Awareness as Behavior Analysts

    • Active Student Responding

    • Cultural Awareness of Our Clients

    • Active Student Responding

  • 4

    Part III: Taking It a Step Forward

    • Taking It a Step Forward as Behavior Analysts

    • Revisiting Case Study Introduction

    • Case Study Revisited

    • Case Study Debrief

  • 5

    Part IV: Applications

    • Applications for Behavior Analysts

  • 6

    Part V: Conclusion

    • Review

    • Final Thoughts

  • 7

    Final Quiz

    • Directions for Quiz

    • Quiz

  • 8

    Participant Survey

    • Directions for Participant Survey

    • Behavior Analysis and Cultural Diversity: Best Practices Participant Survey