Incorporating Cultural Shifts into Clinical Practice for Applied Behaviour Analysts


The field of Applied Behaviour Analysis is ever-evolving and providing excellent service means making adaptations to our clinical service and incorporating cultural shifts into our work with our clients and their families. Historical, cultural, and ethical considerations are necessary to shape the current practices of ABA.

This course includes 1.5 Ethics CEU.

Course Description

ABA is an ever-changing field, and as clinicians, we focus on progressing the field forward. By reviewing ABA’s past, considering how poor implementation can affect our clients, examining modern cultural shifts, and considering compassionate and ethical practices, we can strive to become a better support system for our clients.

Our current practices as clinicians prioritizes compassionate care, client-focused programming, and including autistic voices in our service provision. This lecture-style course will also compare the vast differences between identity-first language vs. person-first language, a medical model vs. a social model approach, and the impact of company-led vs. community-led initiatives when serving as an advocate for the autism community.

Participants will:

  • Understand historical implications on ABA and the social perceptions of autism
  • Learn how to be cognizant of the increased risk of trauma for children on the spectrum
  • Understand Ontario’s ABA history
  • Identify cultural shifts within ABA and the autism community in regards to language, neurodiversity, and acceptance
  • Understand applicable ethical codes and considerations, as outlined by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

1.5 Ethics CEU Available

This content is intended for those who: have or are pursuing RBT/BCaBA/BCBA designations; teacher; therapists; and others whose role uses Applied Behaviour Analysis to design and implement programming to decrease interfering behaviors and increase skills. This is also intended for anyone whose role is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in any capacity.

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