Behavior Analysts' Training and Practices Regarding Cultural Diversity: the Case for Culturally Competent Care
Beaulieu, L.; Addington, J.; Almeida, D.
Behavior Analysis in Practice 12(3): 557-575
ISSN/ISBN: 1998-1929 PMID: 31976264 DOI: 10.1007/s40617-018-00313-6
The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2044, the United States will become a majority minority nation, meaning no group will have a majority portion of the total population (Colby & Ortman, 2014). Therefore, training on working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds is critical. We surveyed Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to assess the amount of training they received during their coursework, fieldwork or practicum, employer training, and continuing education on working with people from diverse backgrounds. In addition, we assessed whether BCBAs thought training on this topic was important, how skilled they thought they were in this area, and whether behavior-analytic course instructors included material on cultural diversity in their courses. The majority of respondents reported that training on working with individuals from diverse backgrounds is very or extremely important. Interestingly, although the majority of respondents reported they felt moderately or extremely comfortable and were moderately or extremely skilled at working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, the majority of respondents reported having little or no training in this area. We discuss the implications of these results for the field of applied behavior analysis and future directions.