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 Ethics CEU.

Course Description

ABA is an ever-changing field, and as clinicians, we focus on progressing the field forward. By examining ABA’s past, considering how poor implementation can affect our clients, modern cultural shifts, and considering compassionate and ethical practices, our current practices as clinicians prioritizes compassionate care, client-focused programming, and including autistic voices in our service provision.

By understanding both personal and collective histories of the population we serve, we can be more sensitive and compassionate in our interactions with people with autism. Applied behaviour analysis is far from a static field; good ABA clinicians know that we have to learn from past mistakes as research advances and more self-advocacy narratives are incorporated into the field. As informed, ethical practitioners, we recognize the importance of advancing our knowledge so that we can provide our clients with the best service we can.

Participants will:

  • Understand historical implications on ABA
  • Understand Ontario’s ABA history
  • Identify cultural shifts within ABA and the autism community
  • Identify current shifts in ABA practice
  • Understand applicable ethical codes and considerations

1 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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