Socio-Cultural Competence

Socio-Cultural Competence 

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) Task List and graduate-level coursework in applied behavior analysis (ABA) provides minimal guidance regarding the practice of ABA with clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. As the concept of diversity is broad and multidimensional, this course introduces this concept and its application in the practice of ABA. Throughout this course, discussion will be restricted to issues related to socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic diversity in the United States.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-BACBCE3
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Apply relevant supervision techniques when serving those from diverse cultures and economic situations.
Apply cultural and economic considerations relevant to the provision of ABA services.
Illustrate the use of evidence-based practice on cultural and economic factors in ABA services.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Beyond Demographics

A. Socioeconomic Status Defined

B. Culture Defined

C. Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Competence?

D. Diversity in the United States

E. Access to Services

F. The Impact of Diversity on Healthcare

G. Review

H. Summary

Section 3: Evidence-based Practice, Diversity, & ABA

A. Evidence-based Practice & ABA

B. Best Research Evidence 

C. Clinical Judgment

D. Client Values and Preferences 

E. The "How To" of EBP

F. Research Support

G. Consider the Context

H. Review

I. Summary

Section 4: Supervision & Cultural Competence

A. Training

B. Using BST

C. Case Reviews as a Training Tool

D. Competency Checklists

E. Review

F. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Hanna C. Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Hanna C. Rue is Head of Clinical Development for Autism Spectrum Therapies. She oversees clinical standards and assists in the design and implementation of numerous research projects and staff training protocols.  Dr. Rue is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota and completed her pre-doctoral training at May Institute. Prior to joining AST she played a leadership role at the National Autism Center and also served as a clinical director for the May Institute's largest special education school. Dr. Rue also served as Chairperson on the National Standards Project, phase 2. Her current research interests include identification of evidence-based practice for treatment of ASD, investigation of behavior reduction procedures, and skill acquisition procedures.


Disclosure: Hanna C. Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Behavioral Analyst; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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