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A Scientific Framework for Compassion and Social Justice
Lessons in Applied Behavior Analysis





ISBN 9780367676186
Published July 22, 2021 by Routledge
352 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Scientific Framework for Compassion and Social Justice provides readers with an in-depth understanding of the behavior analytic principles that maintain social justice issues and highlights behavior analytic principles that promote self-awareness and compassion.

Expanding on the goals of the field of applied behavioral analysis (ABA), this collection of essays from subject-matter experts in various fields combines personal experiences, scientific explanations, and effective strategies to promote a better existence; a better world. Chapters investigate the self-imposed barriers that contribute to human suffering and offer scientific explanations as to how the environment can systematically be shaped and generate a sociocultural system that promotes harmony, equality, fulfilment, and love.

The goal of this text is to help the reader focus overwhelming feelings of confusion and upheaval into action and to make a stand for social justice while mobilizing others to take value-based actions. The lifelong benefit of these essays extends beyond ABA practitioners to readers in gender studies, diversity studies, education, public health, and other mental health fields.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Metta-Contingencies

Michelle L. Zube

1 ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT TRAINING

Acting to Support Compassion-Focused Applied Behavior Analysis

Jonathan Tarbox and Kristine Rodriguez

2 AGEISM

Reconsidering Aging: An Examination of Contextual Factors and the Construct of Old Age

Claudia Drossel and Rachel VanPutten

3 ABA: AN EVOLUTION

Rooted in Compassion: How B.F. Skinner Planted the Seeds of Social Justice for Behavior Analysis and How We Have Grown Over the Past 70 Years

Sarah Trautman

4 BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS

In Health and in Sickness: Irrationality of the Decision-Making Process

Liliane de Aguiar-Rocha

5 BLACK LIVES MATTER

From Theoretical Conceptualization to Function-Based Real-Life Application

Denisha Gingles

6 BLAME

Not I: A Behavioral Conceptualization of Perpetrator Blame

Eva Lieberman, Emily Sandoz, and Karen Kate Kellum

7 BULLYING

Queen Bees, Wannabees, Bee-havior Analysts: Looking at Bullying through a Behavioral Lens

Ann Beirne

8 BURNOUT & SELF-CARE

Filling your Vessel: Recognizing Burnout and Choosing Self-Care

Crystal Thompson

9 COMPASSION

The Role of Compassion in Social Justice Efforts

Linda A. LeBlanc, Denisha Gingles, and Erika Byers

10 CONNECTEDNESS

Lessons in Cultural Humility, Racial Capitalism, Racial Colorblindness, Implicit Bias, and Colorism

Miguel E. Gallardo

11 CORRUPTION

An Integrity Violation Examined from a Behavior Analytic Perspective

Tete Kobla Agbota

12 CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

The Development and Implications of Cultural Responsive Practices to Behavior Change Programs

Cherelle Maschè Williams

13 CULTURALLY AWARE PRACTICE

Cultural Considerations for Delivering Effective Treatment

Lina Slim and David Celiberti

14 CULTURE

A Cultural Behavioral Systems Science Perspective on the Struggle for Social Justice

Traci M. Cihon and Kyosuke Kazaoka

15 THE DO BETTER MOVEMENT

The Science of Togetherness

Megan Miller and Jennifer Phelps

16 EQUITABLE EDUCATION

The Role of Behavior Analysts in Providing Equitable Services for Clients in Public Schools

Nicole Hollins and Stephanie Peterson

17 FEMINISM

We Can Shatter Glass: An Optimistic Reminder to Behavior-Analytic Feminists

Natali Wachtman Perilo and Julie Ackerlund Brandt

18 GENDERED LANGUAGE

Moving toward a Compassionate Gender Expansive Society

Arin R. Donovan

19 GLOBAL IMPACT

Standing for Science Takes a Village – An International One

David Celiberti, Maithri Sivaraman, and Lina Slim

20 HIGHER EDUCATION

Evidence- Based Teaching in Culturally Responsive Higher Education

Lauren K. Schnell and April N. Kisamore

21 HUMANITY OF ABA

ABA as a Humane Approach

David Celiberti, Kirsten Wirth, and Kate McKenna

22 INCLUSIVITY

"We’ve Tried Nothing and We’re All out of Ideas!": Disruptive Behavior and Faith- based Congregations

Bobby Newman

23 INCOME INEQUALITY

Understanding the Needs of Economically Disadvantaged Children and Families

Margaret Uwayo, Mya Hernandez, and Denise Ross

24 INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Finding the Trail: Indigenous Considerations for Decolonizing Research and Clinical Work

Louis Busch and Angela Levasseur

25 ISLAMOPHOBIA

Behavior Analysis and Islamophobia: A Behaviorist Point of View

Wafa Attallah Aljohani

26 CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Implications of Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis in the Criminal Justice System

Bree Lutzow

27 LGBTQ2IA

Supporting Ontogenic and Cultural Compassion Building for the LGBTQ2IA Community

Worner Leland, August Stockwell, and Janani Vaidya

28 MICROAGGRESSIONS

Addressing Microaggressions in the Workplace Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Shaneeria Persaud and Stephanie Bolden

29 MINDFULNESS

Skills and Lessons Learned during the 2020 Pandemic: A Behavior Analytic View of Honing Mindfulness, Awareness, and Kindness

Jessica L. Fuller

30 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

Promoting a Compassionate Culture within an Organization

Jacob A. Sadavoy and Michelle L. Zube

31 NEPANTLA

Finding Spirit: The Pedagogy of Nepantla

Shahla Ala’i and Alicia Re Cruz

32 NEURODIVERSITY & ABLEISM

From Accountant to Advocate: Ableism and Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Thomas Iland

33 PERSPECTIVE TAKING

A Relational Frame Approach to Understanding Perspective-Taking in Compassion and Social Justice

Yors Garcia, Meredith Andrews, and Lisa Brothers

34 PREJUDICE AND OPPRESSION

Addressing Societal Issues of Prejudice and Oppression: How Can Behavior Analysis Help?

Lauren A. Goodwyn

35 PRIVILEGE

Read, Reflect, Resist: Deconstructing Privilege

Sanyukta Bafna

36 RACISM

Applying Behavior Analysis to Dismantle Racism: From Ideas to Action

Kozue Matsuda, Yors Garcia, Robyn Catagnus, and Julie Ackerlund Brandt

37 RURAL ACCESS

Rural Access to Ethical and Appropriate Behavior Analytic Treatment in Schools

R. Nicolle Carr

38 SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual Harassment in the Modern Era

Connie B. Newman and Kim Templeton

39 SOCIAL CATEGORIZATION & STEREOTYPES

Stop Judging a Person by Their Cover: How Stereotypes Limit Our Connection with Others

Jacob A. Sadavoy

40 SOCIAL JUSTICE

An Overdue and Urgent Topic for Behavior Analysis

Mary Jane Weiss

41 SOCIAL MEDIA

A Global Social Tool or Dilemma?

Ryan L. O’Donnell

42 STIGMA

Stigma through a Behavioral Lens: A Kenyan Perspective

Pooja Panesar

43 STIMULUS EQUIVALENCE

A Derived Relational Account of Cultural Biases

Leif K. Albright, Bryan J. Blair, and Daniel M. Ferman

44 URBAN PLANNING

Urban Planning through a Behavior Analytic Lens

May Chriseline Beaubrun

45 WELLNESS

Wellness and the Use of Acceptance Commitment Training in the Workplace

Kate Elizabeth Harrison

46 WHITE SAVIORISM

Lessons Learned and Continued Reflections

Whitney Hammel Anny

CONCLUSION

Designing Organizations with Love: An ACT Prosocial Framework for Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion

Thomas G. Szabo

FINAL THOUGHTS

Michelle L. Zube

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Editor(s)

Biography

Jacob A. Sadavoy, QBA, BCBA, has 20 years of behavior analytic experience improving socially significant outcomes in schools, centers, businesses, hospitals, and homes in more than 15 different countries.

Michelle L. Zube, MA, BCBA, has been in the field of behavior analysis for over 15 years consulting for schools and businesses both locally and internationally. She believes in the utility of the science and its broader applications for meaningful and sustainable change.

Reviews

"From mindfulness to income inequality to urban planning, Sadavoy and Zube’s ambitious tome is a must read for all behavior analysts! These essays are filled with ideas on how to incorporate compassion into our work, and how the science of behavior can be applied to a wide range of critical social issues. If you want to know what Love has to do with it, and how behavior analysis can indeed change the world, this is a great place to start."

Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D, Alpine Learning Group

"The field of behavior analysis has waited a long time for a book like this, almost too long, but it’s right on time. The content serves as the beginnings to an actionable methodology for anyone ready to embrace the science of behavior analysis as a powerful vehicle for positive social change. Threaded together by themes of compassion, humility, and justice, this book arrives as a call to action for all of us to reflect on our own values and beliefs and how they inform our work as practitioners of behavior analysis. Undoubtedly, this is an essential reading for everyone in our field and at all levels."

Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi, EdD, BCBA, CEO & founder, ULEZI, LLC

"Skinner's vision of behavior analysis was that it was a generic science that would one day be seen to be relevant for all human behavior. Clearly that vision has not been realized. Behavior analysis has flourished under one tail of the normal distribution but it has not often ventured very far out and underthe dome of that distribution. At least that is how the field is viewed by most people outside of it. Needed are demonstrations that make good on Skinner's vision and this book fits the bill perfectly. The expanse of its conceptual diversity is unmatched by any behavior analytic books I have in my extensive collection. The book is timely without being trendy and could ultimately serve as a go to resource for persons interested in behavior analytic perspectives on contemporary, cultural, and professional issues."

Patrick C. Friman, PhD, ABPP, vice president of Behavioral Health, Boys Town; clinical professor of Pediatrics, UNMC