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Resources from our June 11 Anti-Racism Training

We, as a board and members of this community, are dedicated to continuing to learn about how we can support all members of our community. This list is a representation of the resources that were shared in one of our recent workshops.

We hope you find these links as helpful as we did.

 

Petition on TRC Recommendation #57: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegNs4wRqFOsXHgLZLCw9IxL9i6Ihf1dMUD6N5ccTcOm3xUCQ/viewform

 

Link to all TRC Calls to Action http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

 

Searching Residential School Grounds Petitions: https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-residential-school-grounds-and-surrounding-areas-searched-for-children?source_location=topic_page

https://www.change.org/p/government-of-canada-search-all-properties-of-previous-residential-schools?source_location=topic_page

 

Book called First Nations 101 http://www.firstnations101.com/

 

TedX Video Anti-Racism Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1EDbbse2BM&list=PL4Tyf55NlLHMFpZxxgyoUI5g4UqO7_GZ6&index=2&t=16s

 

DEI resources on BC-ABA page https://bc-aba.org/bc-aba-statement-on-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/

 

A resource to hear from Survivors https://legacyofhope.ca/

 

Sustaining Personal Activism: Behavior Analysts as Antiracist Accomplices https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40617-021-00580-w

Call for Papers

The Conference Committee for the 13th Annual BC Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) Conference invites proposals for conference presentations on all behaviour analytic related topics. All proposals must be received by end of day on Monday, February 8th, 2021 in order to be considered.

The 13th Annual BC Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) Conference will be held online in the month of April, 2021. Keynote presentation(s) will be presented live over during 1-2 Fridays in April (TBD), with the option to view the events afterwards, and all paper submissions will be pre-recorded and available for access to view by those registered for the conference for the month of April, 2021. Recording guidelines will be provided to those accepted to the conference.

Submissions are accepted here: Conference Submissions

We want you to join the BC ABA Board!

BC ABA is looking for individuals to join the board of directors for the 2021-2023 term!

If you or a friend would like to get involved with BC-ABA, network with your colleagues and help build our behaviour analysis community in British Columbia, then now is the time!

We are looking for individuals who are interested in fulfilling the following purposes of the BC-ABA:

  • To function in British Columbia, Canada, as the liaison with, and representative of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
  • To advance behaviour analysis in the province of British Columbia. BC-ABA’s interests lie in basic science focusing on principles governing human and nonhuman behaviour (i.e., the experimental analysis of behaviour) as well as applied science focusing on application of those principles for improvement of socially important problems (applied behaviour analysis), and disseminating this information to stimulate interest in and correct misunderstandings of behaviour analysis in the general public.
  • To work towards the regulation of behaviour analysis practitioners in British Columbia.

The following positions are in need of nominees.

Position Term Criterion Description Video
Secretary March 2021 – March 2023 Full Member N/A
Member at Large – Membership March 2021 – March 2023 Full Member https://youtu.be/tHkvDQjZ4RQ
Member at Large – Conference March 2021 – March 2023 Full Member https://youtu.be/dtstU0uAzRw
Student Representative March 2021 – March 2023 Student Member https://youtu.be/6tvMHqr_FEc

If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for the BC-ABA Board of Directors please complete the form below and send via mail or email by January 31th, 2021. Each member may propose no more than four nominees per position. Please complete a separate form for each nominee.

If you have any questions regarding the above positions, please contact Laurel at elections@bc-aba.org

Deadline for nominations is January 31th, 2021.

Voting will occur for 30 days after—Watch for the survey monkey to vote!

Successful candidates will be announced at our Annual General Meeting in April 2021.

Nomination Form

Please complete the nomination form below. Alternatively a form document can be accessed and emailed to elections@bc-aba.org: https://docs.google.com/document/d/186q7i1FEyiOSiyv6Qt94xiKuS_budyxe2U7ZFS_Jlvw/edit

An Exciting Opportunity!

BC-ABA is getting ready for the annual elections, but before we do our call for nominations, we wanted to let you know of an exciting and important opportunity to join the Board of Directors! We are looking for someone to fill the position of Treasurer beginning January 11, 2021.

If you are an organized, diligent person who likes to handle money, nerd out on financial statements and make recommendations to the board on how to save and spend, then you are the perfect fit!

We are accepting nominations for this position from now until November 27, 2020.

This is a special election! Members will be able to vote on the potential candidates for the position from December 1 – 31, 2020
(so make sure you have a valid membership so you can VOTE!)

If you have not served on the BC-ABA board yet, now is a great time to get involved and take advantage of this opportunity!

Position Term Criterion
Treasurer January 2021 to March 2023 Full Member

If you or someone you know would be interested in this unique opportunity, please forward a completed nomination form to (Laurel Rankin) (MAL- Elections) at elections@bc-aba.org.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 27th, 2020.

Download a Nomination Form

Board Members must commit to in-person attendance at monthly meetings for their entire term (via video conference for those outside of the Lower Mainland). We meet approximately ten times per year, usually on the first Monday of the month from 10am to 11:30am.

View a description of Roles and Responsibilities for Board Members in each available position: Roles and Responsibilities

Please note, all Nominees must be a current member of BC-ABA (Full or Student Member) and nomination forms must be completed by current BC-ABA members.

Our membership renewal cycle began September 1, 2020. If your membership is not current and you would like to renew your BC-ABA membership for the 2020-2021 year, please follow the link to renew: bc-aba.org/join-bc-aba

Ballots will be sent by email to current members. Please ensure your email address is up to date with BC-ABA to receive your ballot. Add us to your address book.

Results of the special election will be announced in the new year!

Thank you for your participation!

Your BC-ABA Board of Directors

BC-ABA Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) stands in solidarity with the Black community, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, women, all people of colour and individuals with minority status against all forms of racism, hatred, bigotry and discrimination. Those affected by systemic racism in our communities deal with prejudice, discrimination, and hatred every day of their lives. Silence is not an option. We must take a stand and speak up.

We value diversity, equality, compassion and inclusion for all. Therefore, we must make efforts to support all of our membership, clients, and community members. We must make efforts to speak against anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and all forms of systemic racism in our communities, in our province, in our country and in the world. We must make efforts to listen and learn from those who are oppressed by systemic racism.

We acknowledge that a statement is not enough, and it is only a starting point. Our hope is that taking these initial steps will prompt discussion, reflection, education, and taking actions that align with our values. We will be discussing these issues and how we can work to address them at future board meetings.

As a starting point, BC-ABA is committing to the following action steps:

  1. Developing website and social media resources that educate on the importance of and promote inclusion and diversity.
  2. Creating accessible CEU opportunities focused on inclusion and diversity.
  3. Creating a committee focused on inclusion and diversity.

We are also taking this time to reflect on our own privilege and prepare to take effective action. We encourage our membership and those in our community to do the same. Please consider learning about and supporting the following organizations:

If you are a person of privilege, please take this time to listen and reflect. Below are some resources to start:

We have chosen to include the resources above due to the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement in current political events, but we want to acknowledge that here in Canada, many minority communities face daily injustices as well. We do not wish to negate their experience or support one cause over another. What is clear is that we have not been doing enough and that we can contribute in more meaningful ways to the current discussions and actions. This is a start, and we are making a commitment to do more as an organization to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and take collective action against racial injustices.

We would like your feedback on how we can do more. Please take a few moments to fill out the following survey and share your thoughts and ideas:

Response to MCFD’s Guidelines on Virtual Care

BC-ABA has submitted a formal response by the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) to the MCFD Guidelines for Virtual Care Providers dated April 8th, 2020. You may view the response below or download it as a PDF.


Attn:
Honourable Katrine Conroy
Ministry of Children and Family Development

April 22, 2020

To Whom it May Concern:

This document is a formal response by the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) to the MCFD Guidelines for Virtual Care Providers dated April 8th, 20201. The MCFD Guidelines for Virtual Care Providers outline regulations for the use of Autism Funding by families and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and specify which services may be eligible for virtual care. Virtual care is taken to refer to intervention services provided via distance through telecommunication technology (for the remainder of this document, referred to as ‘telehealth services’).

BC-ABA would like to address two policies in MCFD Guidelines document that are not consistent with current research on telehealth service delivery (MCFD Guidelines for Virtual Care Providers, p. 3):

Q7: What are MCFD’s guidelines for Virtual Care for providers?

A7: Service providers are expected to comply with the standards set by their regulatory colleges related to Virtual Care and all other service practices. To bill Autism Funding Branch the following is required:

  • Child/youth must be present for the session
  • Child/youth must have already been assessed by the practitioner in a face to face
    meeting

Response to Point 1: Guideline that child/youth must be present for the session

The requirement to have a child present during all direct services is not consistent with current research and best practice in autism service provision, regardless of whether services are delivered in person or via telehealth. While caregiver support at times involves live coaching during interactions with their child, there are a number of situations in which would be harmful and clinically contraindicated to require a child to be present during all service provision, as it may limit the information a caregiver is able to share with a service provider and limit access to crucial services during an already stressful time.

Response to Point 2: Child/youth must have already been assessed by the practitioner in a face to face meeting

Research evidence supports the use of telehealth as an effective service delivery option, without the need for face to face meetings at any point during assessment or intervention (e.g., see systematic review by Fergusen, Craig, & Dounavi, 2019; Lindgren et al., 2016). Furthermore, families living in remote communities, families with new diagnoses, and families in the process of accessing services that have not yet been started would be unable to receive services indefinitely. Including effective telehealth services as an eligible expense for AFU funding would allow families to access much needed services during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, especially since MCFD has stated they will not be expending funding terms during this time. It is inappropriate and harmful to families to require in person services when research has demonstrated the effectiveness of telehealth services without this component.

Limiting the conditions under which families can access services during a public health crisis will be severely detrimental to children with ASD in our province and their families.

We appreciate your prompt action in remediating these potentially harmful policies.

Sincerely,

The British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis

 


1 “Common Questions and Answers for Service Providers Supporting Families Accessing Autism Funding” Access from https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/family-and-social-supports/covid-19/qa_autism_funding_apr7_spapprovedcontent.pdf on April 16th, 2020


References

Fergusen, J., Craig, E. A., Dounavi, K. (2019). Telehealth as a Model for Providing Behaviour Analytic Interventions to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49, 582-616. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-018-3724-5

Lindgren, S., Wacker, D., Suess, A., Scheitz, K., Pelzel, K., Kopelman, T., Lee, J., Romani, P., Waldon, D. (2016). Telehealth and Autism: Treating Challenging Behavior at Lower Cost, Pediatrics, 137 (2), S167-S175. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4727312/


 

Message from BC-ABA Board

Dear members,

Our newly elected board held its first meeting on April 6 and our priority agenda item focused on the impact the current COVID-19 crisis is having on our members and those clients to whom we provide services. We are compiling a database of resources that we will share soon and are planning to offer free webinars on topics that are important to you. Keep an eye on your inboxes and social media for a survey to gather information on what your priorities are in terms of learning and support.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please contact us at info@bc-aba.org