Webinar: Bridging Different Ways of Knowing – The Impact of Colonization on Present-Day Clinical Practice in the Global Majority: Providing Contextual Perspective-Taking and Culturally-Responsive Services with Tiffany Dubuc, BCBA and Akanksha Chhettri, BCBA

Tiffany Dubuc, BCBA, & Akanksha Chhettri, BCBA

This event is Session 6 in our series,

Bridging Different Ways of Knowing: Making Non-Behavioral Concepts Accessible and Actionable for Behavior Analysts

There are many ways of knowing. And these ways of knowing are differentially useful for promoting knowledge and effective action in different contexts. Despite our terribly powerful analyses and technologies, however, behavior analysts have repeatedly found our impact limited by rigid adherence to our contextual way of knowing and technical way of speaking. Some behavior analysts, however, have been successful in connecting concepts and issues from across the spectrum of knowledge with accessible and effectively actionable behavioral conceptualizations. This series aims to celebrate that practice of bridging by inviting experts and activists in fields of social significance (1) to present the concepts that emerge from their way of knowing and (2) to participate in a translational conversation that brings a behavioral way of knowing to bear.

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Tiffany Dubuc, BCBA and Akanksha Chhettri, BCBA for a Continuing Education webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will consist of (1) a presentation on current issues related to Colonialism, led by Akanksha Chhettri; and then (2) a discussion between Tiffany and Akanksha to translate important issues and concepts into language familiar to and actionable by behavior analysts and other professionals.

This is the sixth session of an 8-session series. If you would like to register for all 8 sessions at a discount, please visit the Bridging Series page.


There has been a call to action in recent years for behavior analysts to consider the historical contexts of the settings in which they serve (Matsuda, Garcia, Catagnus & Auckerland-Brandt, 2020).  This is especially important when clinicians provide services within countries other than the Western and/or global minority in which the field began, and where much of the training and research practices have been established.  In this session, the historical relevance of colonization will be explored, with an emphasis on contextual perspective-taking and the provision of culturally-sensitive ABA services.

About the Presenters:

Tiffany Dubuc, MS, BCBA is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, from Ottawa, Canada.  She has obtained graduate and post-graduate training in Applied Behaviour Analysis and the Contextual Behavior Sciences.  Her research interests include the analysis of verbal behaviour, relational frame theory, and areas of broad-scale social change (research and practice), particularly the translation of experimental and applied interventions to address psychological flexibility, cultural discrimination, and climate change.

Akanksha Nayar Chhettri is a Behaviour Analyst (BCBA/IBA).  She has previously worked at a centre in India from 2014 until 2018 and moved to Ghana in May of 2018 where she served as the Senior Clinical Supervisor at Autism Compassion Africa until 2021. When she first moved to Ghana she was one of two BCBAs in all of West Africa (which is roughly the size of the United States). Her responsibilities included helping run the centre in Cape Coast and to also do consultation work for clients in Nigeria. She is now a part of the board of directors of Autism Compassion Africa.

Over her time in the field, she has developed a keen interest in international dissemination, staff training, autism advocacy, social justice and decolonization of systems. She believes that ABA as a discipline requires a multicultural ethos to help shape what is being built; the more perspectives that contribute to the growth, the more dynamic and multifaceted the field can be.

Akanksha enjoys stimulating conversations and meeting people that help broaden her perspective of the world. She is also a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Presenter Financial Disclosures:

Tiffany Dubuc will receive an honorarium payment for participation in this event, and a portion of proceeds from future on-demand purchases.

Akanksha Chhettri will receive an honorarium payment for participation in this event, and a portion of proceeds from future on-demand purchases.

Aside from proceeds from registration, Connections Behavior will receive no commercial support for hosting this event.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will describe three issues on the topic of colonialism not typically discussed from a behavioural perspective, as it applies providing to culturally-responsive services within the global majority.

  2. Participants will describe behavioural principles or practices relevant to at least one issue described.

BACB CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.0 Learning BACB CEU
    • $19.99 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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