In March 2022, we started as an interest group with a handful of behavior analysts. We then grew and became a community as organic relationships blossomed and shared values were identified.
Black practitioners bring unique perspectives and cultural experiences that can greatly enhance the quality of ABA services. By understanding the cultural values, beliefs, and experiences of clients from Black communities, Black practitioners have the potential to establish strong connections and rapport. This cultural competency enables them to design interventions that are respectful, sensitive, and tailored to the specific needs and preferences of those they serve.
Black practitioners in behavior analysis can serve as inspiring role models for aspiring professionals from similar backgrounds, contributing to increased diversity and representation within the field.
We firmly believe in the importance of supporting and empowering Black practitioners of behavior analysis through quality supervision and mentorship, professional development opportunities, and the creation of inclusive school and work environments. By promoting diversity and amplifying the voices and contributions of Black practitioners, the field of behavior analysis can continue to grow, evolve, and better serve diverse populations
The Relevance Today
According to the data, 4.21% of behavior analysts are Black. Representation and individualized support systems matter. Supported clinicians yield better performance outcomes.