Bridging Different Ways of Knowing – Communicating for Change: Transformational Practices to Enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Behavior Analysis with Dr. Emily Sandoz & Dr. Caryn Winters

Dr. Caryn Winters & Dr. Emily Sandoz

This event is Session 1 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 Dr. Emily Sandoz and Dr. Caryn Winters for a Continuing Education webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will consist of (1) a presentation on current issues related to public Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts in the field of Communications, led by Dr. Caryn Winters; and then (2) a discussion between Dr. Winters and Dr. Sandoz to translate important issues and concepts into language familiar to and actionable by behavior analysts and other professionals.

This is the first 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.


Nearly 80% of Applied Behavior Analysts are white. For continued evolution of the profession as a whole, individual practitioners, and the diverse clientele they serve, the implications of this fact deserve serious consideration. This hour-long session calls on participants to consider how using communication to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion can transform the profession by changing your individual practices as you work with diverse clients. Participants will be introduced to concepts and practices that guide inclusive communication such as being other oriented, listening and responding skillfully, and using confirming language. Participants will be asked to consider how their conception of “normal” behavior might be influenced by their own learning histories, while also considering the validity of learning histories unlike their own. Participants will also leave with a list of resources to continue their journey toward enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of behavior analysis.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Emily Sandoz is former Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, the Director of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group, and the Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Psychology Department. She has co-authored three books on acceptance and commitment therapy for struggles with eating and body image, along with chapters and journal articles on ACT, values, the therapeutic relationship, and psychological flexibility. Emily has led more than 40 professional training workshops around the world, and serves as a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. See her earlier webinar with Connections Behavior here: ACT as Clinical Behavior Analysis

Dr. Caryn Winters is a Learning and Development program manager and community engaged educator with 15 years of experience in knowledge management, leadership development, and diversity, inclusion, and equity projects. She is a dynamic and passionate facilitator and curriculum creator in corporate, governmental, higher education, and nonprofit settings, with experience producing content for both virtual and in-person contexts. She currently works as an organizational communication consultant and Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She most enjoys helping her clients and students communicate across lines of difference. She earned a B.S. in Political Science and Media Studies from Loyola University New Orleans, and earned an M.S. in Interpersonal Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Winters completed her doctoral studies at the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a PhD in Communication. She is a native of New Iberia, LA.

Presenter Financial Disclosures:

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

Dr. Caryn Winters 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 diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in communication that are not typically discussed from a behavioral perspective.
  2. Participants will describe behavioral 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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