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Avoiding White Saviorism: Lessons in International ABA Dissemination

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Avoiding White Saviorism: Lessons in International ABA Dissemination

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Number of Learning** CEUs: 1 (Ethics)

Event Fee: $10 for CEU ($5 for RBT, Students or no CEU; Coupon code: StudentX)

Instructors: Whitney Hammel Anny, MSED, BCBA (Pronouns: she/her) &  Akanksha Chhettri, MA, BCBA  (Pronouns: she/her)

Behavior Analytic Content:  1.02b, 1.05c, & 6.02 (BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code)

Original Recording Date: 29 February 2020

Description: White Savior refers to a white person who seeks to help non-white people where the "help" is perceived to be self-serving. When working or volunteering internationally it is critical that we take a step back and put our preconceived notions aside as to how to make an impact. Behavior analysts are ethically obligated to practice within the boundaries of their competence and provide services in new areas only after first undertaking appropriate study, training, supervision, and/or consultation from persons who are competent in those areas (Bailey & Burch 2016). Moreover, where differences will affect the behavior analyst's work, it is necessary to ensure the competency of services. Practicing outside competency is not only harmful to clients but could lead to the ineffective dissemination of ABA internationally. Therefore, this presentation highlights the work undertaken to set up ABA systems in a new culture and the importance of input from local sources.



1) Learners will be able to identify strategies for how to practice ABA in a different culture.  

2) Learners will be able to discuss why a "white saviour complex" should be avoided, including the effect of trying to replicate ABA practices without taking into account a different set of environmental variables, learning histories and contingencies. 

3) Learners will also to determine effective ways of disseminating evidence-based interventions. 


About the Speaker: Whitney Hammel Anny, MSED, BCBA 

Whitney Hammel Anny is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Autism Compassion Africa, an ABA non-profit school for children with autism in Ghana. Whitney is a BCBA who has worked in service delivery across the US, UAE, Qatar, India, Ghana and Nigeria. She is passionate about dissemination of ABA and helped create the Facebook group ABA Africa to impact the lack of ABA services and resources on the continent.  


About the Speaker: Akanksha Chhettri, MA, BCBA 

Akanksha Chhettri is the Senior Clinical Supervisor at Autism Compassion Africa. She has previously worked in India, after which she moved to help set up the ABA program in Ghana as well as provide consulting services in Nigeria. She has a predilection for international dissemination, is specifically interested in staff training and the ethics around practising in cultures outside of the US.