Cultural Awareness: Understanding Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity within Clinical Practice


With an increase in the diverse cultural backgrounds of individuals seeking ABA services, we as clinicians need to educate ourselves to deliver services which are culturally appropriate to each individual we support. It is necessary that as a field we recognize the importance of becoming culturally competent and establish standards which can be used to measure our cultural competence.

1.5 Ethics CEUs Available!

Course Description

As clinicians, we have a duty to deliver service which is individualized to our clients. As part of that process, we must take steps to incorporate cultural values and beliefs into our service delivery.

This course explores the beginnings of cultural competence, why it came into the limelight, and why it is crucial we incorporate cultural awareness and responsiveness in the clinical services we deliver when working with individuals and families in the ASD community.

It is essential that every clinician in the field learns about the biases and barriers standing in the way of becoming culturally competent. The course will also compare person-centred vs medical-centred models, and discuss recommendations from the literature for developing a set of standards that clinicians should use to measure their competence when working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and economic status.


Participants will:

  • Define person-centred vs. medical-centred medical models and which model is applicable to the field of ABA
  • Develop an understanding of biases and challenges which act as barriers to becoming culturally competent
  • Develop an understanding of the different factors which collectively define one’s culture and how to individualize targets to your leaner based on their upbringing
  • Develop an understanding of the different communication styles and how each relates to different ethnic minority groups Learn about the BACB Ethics Guidelines promote culture competence and recommended standards for ABA clinicians to become culturally competent in the services we deliver
  • Learn how to measure cultural competence and identify programming considerations when it comes to working with Black, Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPoC), members of the deaf community, and members of the LGBTQ2IA+ community


1.5 Ethics CEU Available

This content is intended for those who: have or are pursuing RBT/BCaBA/BCBA designations; teachers, and therapists. This course is also designed for other individuals, professionals or anyone whose role uses ABA to design & implement programming to decrease behaviours and increase skill acquisition of individuals with autism or to support individuals with developmental disabilities in any capacity.


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