Cultural Competence in Applied Behavior Analysis

Cultural Competence in Applied Behavior Analysis 

This course provides an overview of the concept of cultural diversity and its impact on the practice of behavior analysis. Unlike related healthcare professions, there is a paucity of applied behavior analytic research that includes variables related to cultural and linguistic diversity. Further, many behavior analysts are not afforded training opportunities regarding diverse populations. During this course, participants will learn about 1.) policy statements from the fields of applied behavior analysis, psychology, and medicine regarding issues of cultural diversity 2,) empirical studies in behavior analysis that include variables related to cultural diversity 3.) using an evidence-based practice framework to incorporate issues related to cultural and linguistic diversity into the practice of applied behavior analysis and 4.) resources relevant to practicing clinicians.


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-ADVWEB10
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe the concepts of culture, cultural competence, and cultural sensitivity.
Participants will be able to identify three essential elements of evidence-based practice
Participants will be able to describe the impact of cultural diversity on behavioral assessment and treatment development.
Participants will be able to describe at least two empirical studies from the field of behavior analysis that include variables related to cultural and linguistic diversity.

1) Overview of presentation a) Definitions b) Evidence based practice and applied behavior analysis c) Related fields and diversity issues d) Building rapport and designing treatment goals e) Resources 2) Culture a) Review of definitions and lack of consensus regarding definitions i) Race vs. culture ii) Sensitivity vs. competence iii) Language, religious beliefs, food, gender roles, etc. iv) Brief review of Fong & Tanaka (2013) b) Policy statements i) Review of BACB Ethical Guideline ii) ABAI Diversity Policy iii) American Psychological Association iv) American Academy of Pediatrics v) National Association for the Education of Young Children 3) Evidence-based practice and applied behavior analysis a) Definition i) Dr. David Sackett b) Best research evidence i) Brief discussion of systematic reviews regarding autism treatment literature as example of quality research c) Clinical judgment i) Making decisions based on education and supervision experience d) Client and family values i) Culture and diversity 4) Review of peer-reviewed papers in the field of applied behavior analysis with consideration of variables related to culture/language/diversity a) Brodhead et al. (2014) b) Lang et al. (2011) c) Rispoli et al. (2011) d) Haegele et al. (2011) 5) How to use this information in your practice a) Intake i) Considerations for accepting clients ii) Use of translators iii) BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code 2.01 b) Assessment i) Appropriate use of measures (1) Observation, checklists, etc. (2) Brief overview of standardized and norm referenced measures ii) BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code 3.03 & 3.04 (1) Ensuring informed consent c) Intervention Development i) BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code 4.02 & 4.06 ii) Considerations of generalizing to client’s community iii) Considerations for training family members (e.g., parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.) d) Supervision of behavior analysts i) Including information regarding cultural diversity ii) Guidance for use of above listed elements (6a-c) in practice 6) Disseminating behavior analysis a) BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code 6.02 b) Reaching underserved populations c) Translating information d) Collaborating with professionals outside the field of behavior analysis who are serving diverse populations 7) Resources a) The IRIS Center b) Emergency Medical Services for Children i) Cultural competency toolkit c) Multicultural Special Interest Group (SIG): Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts i)

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.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form ( or by using the chat functionality.
All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.