Beautiful Humans: The Social ChangeCast
By Beautiful Humans
The Social ChangeCast is a podcast started by two behavior analysts who are passionate about bridging behavioral science and social justice. Together, they bring you weekly conversations about current events around hard topics such as racism, sexism, hetero-sexism and all forms of oppression.
Ep. 36: Privilege, Power, and Parenting with Akilah S. Richards and Abigail Twyman
During this episode of Tipsy Unicorns, Abby is joined by Akilah S. Richards, host of the Fare of the Free Child podcast, author of Raising Free People, and founding member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Listen in as Abby and Akilah talk about toxic and oppressive behavior, trust-based practices, unschooling and self-directed education, and the importance of adopting a love-centered approach to raising children that focuses on consent, respect, and autonomy. She encourages us all to examine our identities at the intersection of Privilege, Power, and Parenting with "madd questions askin'". You can find Akilah online at https://raisingfreepeople.com/ and support her work by becoming a Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/akilah
May 25, 2021
Ep 35: Practical Resources for Talking to Children with Autism about Systemic Racism with Julie Melendez*
On this episode, we are joined by Julie Melendez. Julie provides some practical tips for discussing systemic racism with Autistic children. Julie Melendez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst based out of Los Angeles. She is currently a Clinical Supervisor at Blue Sprig Pediatrics. She started her career in behavior analysis in 2017 as a Registered Behavior Technician. In 2020, Julie graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her interests include behavioral systems analysis, supervision practices, and examining the role of behavior analysis in advocating on behalf of marginalized groups. To read Julie's paper please visit: https://psyarxiv.com/jkh4b This is a CE-eligible show*
April 7, 2021
Ep. 34: Address the System with Denise Ross and Abigail Twyman
In this episode of Tipsy Unicorns, Abby welcomes honored guest Denise Ross who shared her perspectives on oppression and liberation. She is an Advisory Committee Member for Women in Behavior Analysis (WIBA), and the Chair of UW Systems Institute for Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her research focuses on language and literacy interventions for children with and without disabilities, particularly those in urban schools. Her tips for emerging activists are to (1) Take care of yourself, (2) Understand that everyone is impacted by racism, and (3) Stick with it! You can read more about Denise and show her some love with a Gift of Generative Gratitude by visiting our website: https://afapw.com/member/denise-ross/
March 24, 2021
Ep 32: Check Your MO with Camille Morgan and Abigail Twyman
Our honored guest for this month's Tipsy Unicorn episode and Radical Action Circle cycle is Camille Morgan of Love, Sex & ABA, and Blvck Womxn Worldwide. Join us as she shares her story and perspective which we're centering during the month of February as we learn and grow together on our path toward collective liberation. You can read more about this cycle and our process on our blog at https://afapw.com/radical-action-circle-february-2021/ Please consider giving a Gift of Generative Gratitude to express your thanks to Camille by becoming a Patreon of Love, Sex & ABA (https://www.patreon.com/Lovesexaba) and making a donation to Blvck Womxn Worldwide (https://www.blvckwomxnworldwide.org/).
February 25, 2021
Ep 31: ACT Training for Settler Colonialism with Katelyn Kendrick
"Shut up and show up." During this eppy, Katelyn Kendrick provides a model of what doing the work, honestly and transparently can look like. She reviews how she works to own her "stuff"(racism/colonialism/etc), confronting her own learning history, and shame and discomfort to move towards her values with committed action. She gets extremely honest about her own racist behaviors and how her past has helped to guide her current journey. Share this episode with fellow colleagues. As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange More about Katelyn: Katelyn E. Kendrick (she/they) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Qualified Behavior Analyst. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor of an Early-Intensive Behavioral Intervention clinic in the north Denver-Metro area. She has worked in education since 2009, and specifically, behavior analysis since 2013. In 2015, she received a BA in History, with a concentration in United States history from the University of California, Riverside. She subsequently received her master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Behavior Analysis, from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. For over 10 years, she has worked with a variety of diverse families, providing home, clinic, and community-based intervention services for individuals on the autism spectrum and a wide range of other diagnoses. Katelyn is a mother, disabled, a trauma-survivor, and descended from Settler Colonizers. Currently, she is hosting an anti-racist reading group through ACBS, geared towards White professionals exploring their own internalized racism, using ACT to process the difficult feelings and emotions often associated with anti-racist work. In addition, she frequently provides ACT-based parent training and has presented professionally on topics such as Decolonization and the ACT Framework, Behavior Analysis and ACT, and cultural competence in Behavior Analysis. Outside of behavior analysis, ACT, and RFT, Katelyn enjoys musical theatre, genealogy, antiques, talk radio, cooking, and radical politics.
December 15, 2020
Ep 30: Retract Rekers and Lovaas(1974) with Dr. Austin Johnson
We sat down with Dr. Austin Johnson is a BCBA, School Psychologist, and Assistant Professor at UC Riverside. We connected with Dr. Johnson after he wrote a formal response to JABA/SEAB's Statement of Concern, where he laid out the significant problems in the statement. We have been working with Upswing Advocates behind the scenes to push for the retraction of this article. Dr. Johnson along with the Upswing Advocates voices’ are uplifted on this eppy. This is a heavy episode, but a necessary one. Take in bites or take it in at once, we just ask that you take it in. Share this episode with fellow colleagues. As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
November 24, 2020
Ep 29: Colonial Research Practices with Dr. Malika Pritchett
In this eppy we are joined by Dr. Malika Pritchett who covers her recently released article in Behavior Analysis in Pratice. We chat about how colonialism is still prevalent in the field and bring the conversation forward by discussing participatory research practices. If you are looking to inform your practices, this is the episode for you! This is another CE eligible episode. As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
November 17, 2020
Ep 28: Vote as if You Give a Damn with Stanley Fritz
In this episode we caught up with Stanley Fritz, a Haitian American organizer from New York City. He goes over the differences between an activist, organizer, and advocate and also tells us how to plan social justice campaigns. This is a show with all the gems. Stanley Fritz is the Communications Associate at Citizen Action of New York, and the Engineer/Co-Host of "Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio." Stanley has dedicated his life to fighting for progressive issues and standing up for disenfranchised communities through organizing, activism, and storytelling. DISCLAIMER: This is a show with explicit content. If you are riding in the car with your children or blasting in your home, you may want some headphones! As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
October 30, 2020
Ep 27: Current Events with Black in the Days
During this episode mash-up, we sat down with Black in the Days podcast hosts, Elkin and Robin, to catch up and have a casual yet informative conversation about all things social justice. We chatted about Kanye, trans and binary history, plantations, and even about new legislation that directly impacts protesters. Tune in to hear our conversation! Let us know if you learned anything new after listening to this show. That's your homework, Beautiful Humans. Also, follow Robin and Elkin on IG and FB and subscribe to their podcast! FB and IG: blacknthedays Podcast: anchor.fm/black-in-the-days As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
October 6, 2020
Ep 26: ABA Reform Movement with Jo Ramirez-Messina and Jeff Newman(part 2)
In this episode, we are joined again by both Jo Ramirez-Messina and Jeff Newman, two leaders of the reform ABA movement. If you are a behavior analyst wondering how to build your ableism lens, this is where it should start. Jeff and Jo explicitly describe what neurodiversity is and is not as well as talks about the barriers and needs of the ABA reform movement. To learn more about this movement please visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABAReform As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
September 8, 2020
Ep 25: ABA Reform Movement with Jo Ramirez-Messina and Jeff Newman (Part 1)
In this episode, we are joined by both Jo Ramirez-Messina and Jeff Newman, two leaders of the reform ABA movement. If you are a behavior analyst wondering how to build your ableism lens, this is where it should start. Jeff pushes each of us to think about “what is good ABA” and Jo discusses ABA in the context of trauma. To read about some of the topics presented in the show please see: https://www.facebook.com/Behaviorbabe/posts/abalit-effects-of-a-perseverative-interest-based-tokeneconomy-on-challenging-and/2111988708829463/ https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov%2F31281959%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2zRmMDjXVQLjQvcWCOFzGkcWqyBeb3hEO7dILRvP3p4zXJslE_3lupv40&h=AT1sklrpjOMxC_cyr2tm1CvQNiRimgo46QmxIn6Ducmc6CaAC8OvgE50Bn5nmF3LrXGmFLjcymIUArRz9-BzG4cn86lL7e5GTzOF9ziq-awinrUZfowfnRWgwZSG3GU5fS8 https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdigitalcommons.usu.edu%2Fetd%2F7898%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2zRmMDjXVQLjQvcWCOFzGkcWqyBeb3hEO7dILRvP3p4zXJslE_3lupv40&h=AT1sklrpjOMxC_cyr2tm1CvQNiRimgo46QmxIn6Ducmc6CaAC8OvgE50Bn5nmF3LrXGmFLjcymIUArRz9-BzG4cn86lL7e5GTzOF9ziq-awinrUZfowfnRWgwZSG3GU5fS8 To learn more about this movement please visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABAReform As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
August 25, 2020
Ep 24: Minute to Movement to Revolution with Shades of ABA
In this eppy, the Beautiful Humans sat down with the hosts of the Shades of ABA podcast. We chatted about building momentum to establish behaviors that lead to long term social change. We detailed how to foster collaboration with marginalized groups as well as how to not perpetuate power imbalances while attempting to “help.” If you “woke up” during this movement, this show is for you! Adrienne Bradley graduated from Central Michigan University, in 2014 with a Bachelors in Exercise Science, and a minor in Psychology. After college she began working within the public school systems, where she found there was a need for services with students who were diagnosed with Autism. This is where her love for Applied Behavior Analysis began. In December 2016, Adrienne began her masters at Wayne State University. She graduated in December 2018 with a masters in Education Psychology, and a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis, then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in August of 2018. She currently is the Clinical Director for Behavior Frontiers, Detroit location. She has experience working with children and adolescents within the home, school, and clinic settings. Adrienne has experience in working with toileting, problem behaviors, socialization, and a variety of other areas with working with children and teens on the spectrum. Adrienne is also currently teaching in the BCaBA program at Wayne State University. Adrienne's focus has been to provide education, experiences, and disseminate ABA to underserved communities and co-hosting a podcast called "Shades of ABA". Tyanna graduated from Oakland University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate career she, like many, stumbled across applied behavior analysis (ABA), and fell in love with the impact that was being made with the clients she provided direct therapy to. Working with children was always a passion of hers, regardless of their ability but seeing how the science of ABA opened doors for those many didn’t believe in opened a whole new world for her. In mid-2017, Tyanna graduated from Wayne State University where she obtained her Masters of Education in Educational Psychology while also completing the necessary curriculum to be eligible for BACB certification. In February of 2018, Tyanna became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Over the last 7.5 years of being in the field -Tyanna has had the opportunity to work in the home, school, clinic and many community settings. Tyanna has substantial experience in providing supervision for those obtaining hours toward certification, parent training and dissemination of ABA. Additionally she is the Vice President of Black Applied Behavior Analysts Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and support to black individuals in the field. As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
July 28, 2020
Ep 23: Competence in Applied Behavior Analysis: It is more than a Checkmark* w/ Shawn Capell
On this episode we are joined by co-author of Multiculturalism and Diversity in Applied Behavior Analysis, Shawn Capell. He gives us a peek inside if his book and his thoughts on the emergence of multiculturalism in the field of ABA. This is a CE elgible episode. Check the deets below: The process of becoming a behavior analyst includes several instances in which an individual is required to demonstrate specific competencies. Competence has become a hot-button topic within the field of ABA given recent world events; however, as a field we continue to ignore the area of cultural competency. As the science of ABA continues to reach the 4 corners of the earth, cultural competence and diversity training has now become a mandate for our science to continue and thrive. Culture impacts every aspect of service delivery and it is impossible to understate the importance of culturally competent behavior analysts. How can we (the science of ABA) address the lack of culturally competent behavior analytic professionals while providing services to individuals with ASD from an increasingly diverse cultural background? Presentation Objectives: Participants within this presentation will identify and operationally define cultural competence. Participants within this presentation will evaluate how culturally competence services delivery can affect both individuals, families, communities and the field of ABA at large. Participants within this presentation will conduct a self-assessment to identify both professional and personal competence in respect to cultural and diversity.
July 21, 2020
Ep 22: A Conversation about Sex and Justice with Barb Gross and Worner Leland
Special guests and some of our favorite Beautiful Humans, Barb Gross(she/her) and Worner Leland(they/them), join the show to talk about sex and sexuality. Don't ever say Barb and Worner never gave you anything. Here are plenty of resources you can use regarding this topic: https://sbrpsig.org/ https://www.sexedcontinuinged.com/ https://www.aasect.org/certification/aasect-requirements-sexuality-educator-certification https://rockthrower.blogs.com/rockthrower/files/20041201102153-50247.pdf https://www.the74million.org/article/just-24-states-mandate-sex-education-for-k-12-students-and-only-9-require-any-discussion-of-consent-see-how-your-state-stacks-up/ https://siecus.org/sex-ed-is-a-vehicle-for-social-change/ https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-policies-on-sex-education-in-schools.aspx https://kids-ask.org/ https://www.blackandpink.org/ https://blackrj.org/ https://siecus.org/resources/the-guidelines/ https://siecus.org/resources/national-sexuality-education-standards/ https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-health-and-well-being/cse-campaign https://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/violence-prevention/start-strong/Pages/Porn-Literacy.aspx https://www.npr.org/2018/01/08/570224090/the-sexual-assault-epidemic-no-one-talks-about https://www.aane.org/sexual-orientation-gender-identity-aspergerautism/ https://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/transgender.pdf https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/guidelines https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305624969_Ethics_in_sexual_behavior_assessment_and_support_for_people_with_intellectual_disability https://www.aasect.org/continuing-education
June 16, 2020
Ep 21: Uplifting Voices: A LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Episode
Happy Pride Month! In this episode we uplift the stories from the LGBTQIA+ community in all unique forms they take. You will hear the themes of self-discovery, pain, isolation, joy and the relentless pursuit of unapologetic self-love. We are grateful for all the courageous humans who were willing to share their stories with the world. About our guests: Beautiful Human Number 1: Akanksha Chhettri (she/her) Akanksha's Bio: I was born and brought up in India. I have lived in Ghana for the past 2 years. Potterhead (Gryffindor!), brown unicorn, proud feminist, autism advocate and social justice warrior. You can find Akanksha at: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram @orangedot7 Beautiful Human Number 2: Barb Gross (she/her/hers) Barbara Gross (she/her/hers) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator. She specializes in staff and caregiver training and development of sexual behavior intervention plans for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including autism spectrum disorder. She also works to coordinate with educators and other helping professionals to promote equity in access to comprehensive sexuality education for people with disabilities. Other areas of practice and research interests include pornography literacy, abuse prevention for children and adults with disabilities, and dissemination of behavior analysis and the potential it offers to promote healthy sexuality for people of all abilities. You can find Barb at: email@example.com Beautiful Human Number 3: Brea Baker (she/her/hers) Brea Baker is a queer Black millennial woman working at the intersections of race, gender identity, public safety, and community. Currently working as Director of Programs at Inspire Justice, Brea understands that we need a multi-pronged approach to the complex problems facing society. Working across fields and industries from activism to the entertainment industry to electoral work and politics, she believes in the need for progressive policy along with a culture that reflects and affirms everyone’s right to thrive. You can find Brea at: Instagram @FreckledWhileBlack Beautiful Human Number 4: Devin Ariel (Mahogany) Proud, melanated woman of the trans experience with a passion for attaining knowledge of different cultures and spreading consciousness within her respective communities. You can find Mahogany at: Instagram- @Mahogany_Gyal and YouTube: Mahogany Gyal Beautiful Human Number 5: Elliot White queer trans*person committed to anti-racism, life-long learning, and behavior analysis You can find Elliot: Contact info upon request - happy for either of you to share email if anyone wants to chat/collaborate Beautiful Human Number 6: Arin Donovan(They, Their, Theirs) Arin Donovan is a BCBA, adjunct faculty member at Capella University and co-owner of BH3, Inc, an organization that provides training, webinars and talks on gender diversity and inclusive practices, BACB supervision with a values-centered approach, and organizational consultation services to cultivate inclusive and affirming environments. Arin is also the co-creator of Beautiful Humans Change! You can find Arin: Right here! As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
June 2, 2020
Ep 20: Addressing Collective Trauma and Police Brutality in the Workplace w/ Denisha Gingles
This conversation is a special episode. Given the current events that occurred with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Abery and the countless Black and Brown folks who have been murdered by state sanctioned violence. We discuss the events from a personal perspective as well as a leadership perspective. This show is for EVERYONE, behavior analyst and non-behavior analyst. We review the difference between trauma, racial trauma, and collective trauma. We also give ideas for organizations to show up for their employees. This is a CE eligible event for those who are subscribers of our Patreon. Visit to become a subscriber www.patreon.com/beautifulhumans Learning Objectives: Identify the difference between trauma, racial trauma, and collective trauma Identify racial and collective trauma responses Brainstorm how to address issues in the workplace that affirm the experiences of Black people Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
May 31, 2020
Ep 19: DISRUPT Business as Usual! Confronting Racism and White Privilege with Dr. Victoria Farris
In this conversation we turn a lens towards white allyship, accompliceship, and beyond. In between the behavior analytic gems, you will hear a raw and unfiltered perspective of white supremacy, racism, and the system of opression that is upheld in the United States. In this show we uplift issues we don't generally discuss in behavior analysis. We’ll review vocabulary and talk about what we can do to be more effective change agents. You’ll leave this eppy with a greater understanding of allyship, learn how to disrupt the system, and hear about differing experiences racial minorities face in the United States. Learning Objectives: 1- Participants will build a foundational vocabulary and basic familiarity with topics related to identity, inclusion, and equity. 2- Participants will recieve an overview of the DISRUPT model of effective allyship. 3- Learn actionable steps to further engage as an ally or accomplice. We will let Victoria tell you about herself: I am a native New Yorker on a mission to encourage a more inclusive World, I am a disrupter, a truth teller, and a justice seeker. I work to shine light onto truths that can be hard to recognize. For the early part of my career I found myself wondering how to be a good ally for racial justice. That’s why I’ve focused my research on understanding, from the perspectives of folks of color, what White people can do to disrupt and dismantle systemic racism. As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
May 19, 2020
Ep 18: Cinco de Mayo and Cultural Appropriation with Yulema Cruz
This week we caught up with Yulema Cruz to discuss one of America’s favorite holidays to culturally appropriate, Cinco de Mayo. We learned about cultural appropriation, appreciation, assimilation, and more. AND Arin went on their first rant! Holy smokes Batman, check it out. Yulema is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the current President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA). She is also an adjunct instructor for Florida International University, and Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), as well as a consultant. In this role, she provides school consultations and parent training. Also, Yulema works in the development of supervision systems and the dissemination of ABA to other countries and languages, as an active participant of the FABA Multicultural Special Interest Group. As current President for FABA, she co-chairs the Legislative and Public Policy Committee and is a member of the program committee As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
May 5, 2020
Ep 17: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender with Worner Leland
This conversation, we sat down with Worner. We got way more than we could have imagined. Tune in to hear how sex, sexuality, and gender can be conceptualized and addressed ethically. The gems are ever-flowing in this eppy. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange More about Worner: Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA (they/them pronouns) is a researcher and educator at Upswing Advocates and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Empowered: A Center for Sexuality. For the past several years, Worner has also served as a sex educator with a focus on expanding affirming sexual education, consent education, and education on sexuality and data collection, and their research has focused on intimacy-related behaviors in the queer community. Worner is also a Past President and the current Research and Dissemination Liaison of the ABAI Sexual Behavior Research and Practice SIG. Resources shared during this conversation: The Sexual Behavior Research and Practice SIG of ABAI The SBRP SIG Facebook Page Serving LGBTQIA Clients and Their Allies (in Connors & Capell, 2020) Upswing's Website Resources Page Empowered's Website Stein, S. & Dillenburger, K. (2017). Ethics in sexual behavior assessment and support for people with intellectual disability. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 16(1), 11-17. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2016-0023 Leland, W. & Stockwell, A. (2019). A self-assessment tool for cultivating affirming practices with transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) clients, supervisees, students, and colleagues. Behavior Analysis Practice 12, 816–825. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-019-00375-0 CE information below: Objectives: a) Define sex, gender, and sexuality through a verbal behavior context, focusing on the function of language to describe different aspects of personal identity b) Describe ethical issues in the analysis of sexual behavior, and ethical considerations in serving clients with marginalized sexual and/or gender identities c) Describe best practice for building competency and working within one’s scope regarding sexual behavior, and while serving clients with marginalized sexual and/or gender identities d) Describe the history and principles of harm reduction as they apply to behavior analysis, and especially sexual behavior analysis e) Explain how a perspective of neurodiversity differs from a more traditional view of intellectual and learning disability or mental illness, and the impact of this framework on behavior analytic sex education
April 21, 2020
Ep 16: Pyramidal Training to Teach Behavior Analytic principles to Latinx Families w/ Marlesha Bell
In this episode we catch up with Marlesha Bell. She talks to us about treatment disparity, research implications, and pyramidal training with Latin-X families. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Resources shared during this conversation: Malagodi, E. (1986). On radicalizing behaviorism: A call for cultural analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 9, 1-17. doi:10.1007/BF03391925 Magaña, S., Parish, S. L., Rose, R. A., Timberlake, M., & Swaine, J. G. (2012). Racial and ethnic disparities in quality of health care among children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50, 287-299. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-50.4.287 Mandell, D. S., Ittenbach, R. F., Levy, S. E., & Pinto-Martin, J. A. (2007). Disparities in diagnoses received prior to a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(9), 1795-1802. doi: 10.1007/s10803-006-0314-8 Whetten, K., Leserman, J., Whetten, R., Ostermann, J., Thielman, N., Swartz, M., & Stangl, D. (2006). Exploring lack of trust in care providers and the government as a barrier to health service use. American Journal of Public Health, 96, 716–720. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.06325 5 Scott, H. M., & Havercamp, S. M. (2014). Race and health disparities in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the United States. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 52, 409. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-52.6.409 CE information below: The diversity of the U.S. population is rapidly growing. Currently, treatment disparities exist between people of color who are seeking ABA services in comparison to their White counterparts. Recently, issues related to reducing these treatment disparities have been highlighted in the behavior analytic community. The following podcast show will review treatment disparities that currently exist for diverse individuals and highlight research on considering cultural variables while providing behavior analytic services. Objectives The participants will be able to identify some barriers for families of color to access services. Participants will be able to identify treatment disparities between people of color and White counterparts Participants will be able to identify ways of training when working with families from different cultural backgrounds Participants will be able to identify if considering culture affects the effectiveness of assessment and treatment problem behavior
April 7, 2020
Ep 15: Digging Beneath the Surface with Dr. Kate Ratliff of Project Implicit
This week, Denisha and Arin has the pleasure of being join by Dr. Kate Ratliff, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida and Executive Director of Project Implicit. In this episode, Dr. Ratliff, Denisha, and Arin discuss implicit bias, research on implicit associations, and Project Implicit as a leader in implicit bias research! We also release some pretty exciting news about a new project we will be releasing soon. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange
March 17, 2020
Ep 14: Sticks and Stones: The Intersection of Verbal Behavior and Immigration with AJ Rodrigue*
This episode is one for the books! We are joined by Behavior Analyst, AJ Rodrigue, who presents our very first CE eligible show! This is a fun CE episode paired with dialogue all related to verbal behavior! We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange More information regarding this CE event: This event will present a conceptual analysis of the language used in policy, journalism and everyday conversation related to immigration, to include but not limited to: illegal, alien, undocumented, immigrant, migrant, refugee. Antecedents and consequences of verbal behavior related to immigration and immigrants will be examined at both unit (individual/personal) and systems levels. Objectives: The presenters will call upon their behaviorist peers to learn more about the history of language used to shape public opinion and policy, and use the science of behavior analysis to promote equity and acceptability of variation in culture at both the unit and systems level. Participants will be able to connect the methodology of stimulus equivalence with the creation of stereotypes. Participants will be able to utilize self-management techniques to build awareness and shape their own verbal behavior related to immigration. We are excited to bring behavior analysis into the world of social justice, starting with the words we use. 1 Learning CE available Event is Designed For: Anyone, Event Level: Beginner If you are a Patreon member who wishes to gain CE credit, please email the 3 code words listed in the show to firstname.lastname@example.org We will follow up with next steps!
March 3, 2020
Ep 13: Black Voices in ABA
Sometimes when you aren’t invited to the table, you create your own! And we did just that! This panel is a candid conversation with field and thought leaders in the behavior analysis. Each person presented their own unique story and thoughts surrounding issues of diversity in ABA. About our esteemed Panelists: Jada D. Tucker, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA: Jada is a motivated BCBA who is licensed to practice in Maryland. Jada began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009 at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD on the Neurobehavioral Unit. Meka N. McCammon, M.Ed., BCBA: Meka McCammon began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2007. She completed her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Applied Behavior Analysis for Arizona State University and obtained the BCBA credential in 2013. She has 13 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. Robin Williams, MS, BCBA: Robin earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Central Florida & an additional B.S. and M.S. in Exceptional Education at Florida State University. Robin has worked in a variety of roles, teaching & providing technical assistance and coaching educators of students with disabilities ages 3 - 22. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who has built her own private practice over the last 16 years. Shawn Thomas Capell, MS., BCBA., LBA,: Mr. Capell currently holds the position of Regional Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) for the Northern New Jersey Region of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is a human services organization dedicated to changing the lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral, or cognitive differences. In addition to his current full-time position Mr. Capell is the Owner and Clinical Director of Covenant 15:16 LLC, an agency based from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Join our Patreon: www.Patreon.com/beautifulhumans
February 18, 2020
Ep 12: Beautiful Humans Do Better
The BH cast sat down with the #DoBetter Movement Podcast co-hosts, Dr. Megan Miller and Joe Smith. For those unaware the Do Better Movement was started by Dr. Megan Miller, in hopes to provide training for Analysts to yield quality services. We decided to chat about #DoingBetter for diverse groups. The conversation was candid and light, but we hope you enjoy and take something with you from the dialogue. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Resources shared during this conversation: https://www.esdm.co/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/dobettermovement/
February 4, 2020
Ep 11: Beautiful Humans in 2020!
Arin and Denisha catch up after their Holiday Hiatus. On this show they discuss their intentions and commitments for the year, changes to the show, and drop the deets on their big announcement. Don’t forget to follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Subscribe to our Patreon for CE credits: www.patreon.com/beautifulhumans
January 21, 2020
Ep 10: Living Your Values with Evelyn Gould
On this conversation we discussed how we deal with the hard stuff. This week’s hard stuff includes privilege, equity, racism, complicity, and everything else in between. Evelyn walked us through how we can sit with discomfort and use it for the things we really care about-- ie social justice. The rants were rampant this week, so listen closely in as you get raw reactions filled truth and meaningful nuggets to carry with you on your beautiful human journey! As always, we hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Dr. Evelyn Gould is a Clinical Behavior Analyst and Research Associate at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI-Jr), at McLean Hospital, and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Resources provided by Dr. Gould: Association for contextual behavioral science – general ACT community – lots of resources, access to JCBS etc. ACBS SIGS: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SIG, Gender and Sexual Diversity SIG, Women in ACBS SIG, Asian Culture and CBS SIG. https://contextualscience.org/special_interest_groups Oluo, Ijeoma (2019). So you want to talk about Race? Seal Press Friman, P. C., Hayes, S. C., & Wilson, K. G. (1998). Why behavior analysts should study emotion: The example of anxiety. Journal of applied Behavior analysis, 31(1), 137-156. ABAI SIGS: – Culture and Diversity, Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies, Behaviorists for Social Responsibility, https://www.abainternational.org/constituents/special-interests/special-interest-groups.aspx Diversity and equity PPT from our recent workshop: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ai4mfleg4ncffw/Diversity%20ABA%20Gingles%20%26%20Gould%20FINAL%202019.pdf?dl=0 Fong, E. H., & Tanaka, S. (2013). Multicultural alliance of behavior analysis standards for cultural competence in behavior analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 8(2), 17-19. Fong, E. H., Catagnus, R. M., Brodhead, M. T., Quigley, S., & Field, S. (2016). Developing the cultural awareness skills of behavior analysts. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9(1), 84-94 McIntosh, P. (2003). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. In S. Plous (Ed.), Understanding prejudice and discrimination (pp. 191-196). New York, NY, US: McGraw-Hill. DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism. Beacon Press. Skinta, M. & Williams, K. (2016). Queering the Globe: Promoting Equality, Connection, and Community. In Skinta, M, & Curtin, A. (Eds), Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: A Clinician's Guide to Fostering Compassion, Connection, and Equality Using Contextual Strategies. New Harbinger Publications. Tervalon M., Murray-Garcia J. (1998). Cultural humility versus cultural competence: a critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 9(2):117–125. Williams, K. (2011) The Pain of Exclusion, Scientific American. Retrieved from: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-pain-of-exclusion/
December 24, 2019
Ep 09: A Behaviorist’s Role in the Social Justice Movement w/ Megan Sullivan Kirby of UncomfortableX
In this conversation, we are joined by social justice behaviorist/ rockstar Megan Kirby. Megan gets candid about the history of behaviorism and its role in seeing equity in the world. She also discusses discomfort and pain associated with speaking up and out against injustice. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Megan Sullivan Kirby, co-founder of UncomfortableX, has over a decade of experience as a professional working in the fields of special education and outpatient ABA therapy services. She is presently a PhD student at the University of South Florida, studying narrative language interventions and the application of behavior analysis to issues related to social justice, education and human rights, part. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Follow Megan on FB and IG @UncomfortableBCBA and visit the website. Resources shared during this conversation: https://www.apa.org/monitor/features/king-challenge Goldiamond, I. (2002). Toward a constructional approach to social problems: ethical and constitutional issues raised by applied behavior analysis. Behavior and Social Issues, 11(2), 108–197. Mattaini, M. A. (1996). Envisioning cultural practices. The Behavior Analyst, 19(2), 257-272. Mattaini, M., & Aspholm, R. (2016). Contributions of a behavioral systems science to leadership for a new progressive movement. The Behavior Analyst, 39, 109-121. Metzl, J. M., Petty, J., & Olowojoba, O. V. (2018). Using a structural competency framework to teach structural racism in pre-health education. Social Science & Medicine, 199, 189-201. National Association of Social Workers. (2001). NASW standards for cultural competency in social work practice. Washington, DC: Author. Nevin, J. A. (2005). The inertia of affluence. Behavior and Social Issues, 14, 7–20. Rakos, R. (1983). Behavior analysis as a framework for a multidisciplinary approach to social change. Behaviorists for Social Action, 4(1), 8-16. Slocum, T. A., Detrich, R., Wilczynski, S. M., Spencer, T. D., Lewis, T., & Wolfe, K. (2014). The evidence-based practice of applied behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 37(1), 41-56. Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Seiden, D. Y., & Lam, K. N. (1996). The Culturally Informed Functional Assessment (CIFA) interview: A strategy for cross- cultural behavioral practice. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 3, 215-233. Wyatt, W. J. (2000). Behavioral science in the crosshairs: The FBI File on B.F. Skinner. Behavior and Social Issues, 10, 101-109.
December 10, 2019
Ep 08: A Behavioral Guide to Getting Through Thanksgiving
In this conversation, Denisha and Erin discuss perspectives on Thanksgiving and opportunities to develop cultural awareness surrounding the highly celebrated holiday. This conversation touches on the original event, Native American History, Standing Rock, and how to get through Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones who share false information. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Resources shared during this conversation: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76401.Bury_My_Heart_at_Wounded_Knee Hooper, N., Erdogan, A., Keen, G., Lawton, K., & McHugh, L. (2015). Perspective taking reduces the fundamental attribution error. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 4(2), 69-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2015.02.002 https://native-land.ca/mobile-app/ https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-thanksgiving-in-a-socially-responsible-way Standingrock.org https://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY_a-HjdiOE
November 26, 2019
Ep 07: NeuroDiversity: A Movement and a Way of Life
Over 60% of professionals in the behavior analysis field work with the neurodiverse population, but how often do we consider their voices as professionals in the field? Well today we do. Hear from 3 professionals and students who get candid on their real life experiences. Read a little more about the voices you hear on this episode below! Kodi- Kodi is 26 years old and holds a master’s degree in behavior analysis. They are from Tampa, Florida and were diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during the sophomore year of their Undergraduate experience. Kodi Is very passionate about confronting internal biases as a professional and putting those we serve above all else. Dana Affrunti- Behavior Nerd and Analytical Aspie are two ways Dana Affrunti describes her self. While she did most things different than her peers, she graduated valedictorian of Brighton MI high school. With Fletcher, her service dog/co-pilot in life, she then graduated from Hope College in Holland Michigan with a double major in Biology and Psychology. It was always her plan to go to vet school to become an applied veterinary behavior specialist but instead was introduced to behavior analysis during an enlightening internship. She later graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Masters degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy and has been a BCBA since 2009. My kids are my joy, my Husband supportive and empowering individuals and families through applied behavior analysis is my passion. Kiyomi Looney - Kiyomi is a stay at home mother who tends to her two young children; A six-year-old daughter with an autism diagnosis and an energetic ten-month-old daughter. Over the past 13 years, the highlight of her career has been spent working in the field of ABA with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The last two years of her career was spent working for the Department of Child and Family Services. During that time, Ms. Looney provided family-centered services within a trauma-informed system to assure safety, permanency, and well-being for children at risk or subjected to maltreatment. Ms. Looney completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling and minored in Sociology at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. As a young child, throughout her adolescent years, and as an adult, she always expressed a desire to be in a position to aid others to improve cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically.
November 5, 2019
Ep 06: The Aftermath: Rising Up as the Supreme Court decides LGBTQIA right to work
The Beautiful Humans Social ChangeCast traveled to the Supreme Court to #RiseUpOct8 . As the court justices heard arguments that will decide if the LGBTQ population is protected under title 7, hundreds of people, including us, made sure to make sure our voices were heard and our faces were seen standing up for what they believe in(equal rights for all humans). On this eppy we debrief our emotions, our run ins with counter protesters, and in behavior analytic fashion, our behavioral assessment of this historical action. Committed Action/Your homework: Look up Cooper’s Donuts, Compton’s Cafeteria, and Stonewall. Become familiar with these moments in history
October 15, 2019
Ep 05: Igniting Your Activism!: Part 2
Show 1 was so nice, we had to do it twice! On this episode we continue our conversation with activist and organizer, Brea Baker. Brea Baker currently serves as a Director of Programs for Inspire Justice, a social impact firm founded by Matt McGorry and JLove Calderón. She was recently the Program and Youth Engagement Coordinator at The Gathering for Justice and Executive Assistant to Carmen Perez, Executive Director at The Gathering for Justice. Baker has been involved with youth activism for years as the President of Yale’s Chapter of the NAACP where her focus was juvenile justice through campaigns such as raising the age in CT, mandatory memorandums of understanding in school, and against police brutality in New Haven. Baker began working with the Women’s March, as their youngest national organizer, focusing on partnerships, college mobilization, and logistics. Brea Baker is racial and gender justice activist working locally and nationally towards the liberation of all oppressed people with an emphasis on black people and women. When not organizing, you can find her traveling the world, listening to Beyonce, or manifesting the life her ancestors deserved. Find out more about this Brea by visiting https://www.breabaker.com/ Readings and Show References: Benson, M. Behav. Soc. Iss. (2017) 26: 187. https://doi.org/10.5210/bsi.v26i0.8240 Bosanquet, A., & Rytmeister, C. (2017). A career in activism: A reflective narrative of university governance and unionism. Davis, A (2016). Freedom Is a Constant Struggle. Retrieved from https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/780-freedom-is-a-constant-struggle Fernandes, Ramon & Dittrich, Alexandre. (2018). Expanding the behavior-analytic meanings of “freedom”: the contributions of Israel Goldiamond. Behavior and Social Issues. 27. 4-19. 10.5210/bsi.v27i0.8248. http://www.gatheringforjustice.org/six-principles-of-kingnian-non-violence Skinner, B. F. (1971). Beyond freedom and dignity. New York, NY, US: Knopf/Random House.
October 1, 2019
Ep 04: Igniting Your Activism!: Part 1
We have something really special for listeners who are interested in social justice organizing. We have an incredible and beautiful human joining us, Brea Baker. Brea will detail how to take our feelings of frustration and turn it into protest and organizing behavior as a testament to values driven action. Brea Baker currently serves as a Director of Programs for Inspire Justice, a social impact firm founded by Matt McGorry and JLove Calderón. She was recently the Program and Youth Engagement Coordinator at The Gathering for Justice and Executive Assistant to Carmen Perez, Executive Director at The Gathering for Justice. Baker has been involved with youth activism for years as the President of Yale’s Chapter of the NAACP where her focus was juvenile justice through campaigns such as raising the age in CT, mandatory memorandums of understanding in school, and against police brutality in New Haven. Baker began working with the Women’s March, as their youngest national organizer, focusing on partnerships, college mobilization, and logistics. Brea Baker is racial and gender justice activist working locally and nationally towards the liberation of all oppressed people with an emphasis on black people and women. When not organizing, you can find her traveling the world, listening to Beyonce, or manifesting the life her ancestors deserved. Find out more about this Brea by visiting https://www.breabaker.com/ Readings and Show References: Benson, M. Behav. Soc. Iss. (2017) 26: 187. https://doi.org/10.5210/bsi.v26i0.8240 Bosanquet, A., & Rytmeister, C. (2017). A career in activism: A reflective narrative of university governance and unionism. Davis, A (2016). Freedom Is a Constant Struggle. Retrieved from https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/780-freedom-is-a-constant-struggle Fernandes, Ramon & Dittrich, Alexandre. (2018). Expanding the behavior-analytic meanings of “freedom”: the contributions of Israel Goldiamond. Behavior and Social Issues. 27. 4-19. 10.5210/bsi.v27i0.8248. http://www.gatheringforjustice.org/six-principles-of-kingnian-non-violence Skinner, B. F. (1971). Beyond freedom and dignity. New York, NY, US: Knopf/Random House.
September 24, 2019
Ep 03: Mentalism: Is it Delaying Justice?
In this episode, we discuss mentalism, its cultural impact, and it the possibility of its role in systemic oppression. We detail the use of mentalism in social justice by reviewing literature that discusses Fundamental Attribution Error and the Pygmalion Effect. Tune in to hear how we humans view other people’s behavior, especially those from marginalized groups. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it! Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange And Join our Patreon World! https://www.patreon.com/beautifulhumans?fbclid=IwAR3k9lf0VQzSwXakHC1oAOZv2sbqwyy7jSdPkQq5ekh9rkJu_nnOFnZURBM References shared during this conversation: Estella, W. C., & Alexander, W. C. (2002). Decoding the language of social justice: What do privilege and oppression really mean? Journal of College Student Development, 43(6), 792-808. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/195174443?accountid=16607 Moore J. (2003). Behavior analysis, mentalism, and the path to social justice. The Behavior analyst, 26(2), 181–193. doi:10.1007/bf03392075 Rosenthal, R., & Jacobson, L. (1968). Pygmalion in the classroom: teacher expectation and pupils' intellectual development. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Skinner, B. F. (1974). About behaviorism. Oxford, England: Alfred A. Knopf. Links to topics briefly mentioned(we encourage your own research on the topics): https://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2018-02-27/in-most-states-poorest-school-districts-get-less-funding https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2757926/
September 17, 2019
Ep 02: Clearing the Air: The Personal Impact(s) of Oppression
In this conversation, Denisha and Erin discuss the ways that oppressive behaviors have impacted them. We hope that you enjoy the conversation, as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please follow us on FB @BeautifulHumansCast or IG @BeautifulHumansChange Resources shared during this conversation: Szymanski, D. M., & Meyer, D. (2008). Racism and heterosexism as correlates of psychological distress in African American sexualminority women.Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 2,94–108. David, E. J. R. (2009). Internalized oppression, psychopathology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy among historically oppressed groups. Journal of Psychological Practice, 15, 71-103. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2652990/
September 10, 2019
Ep 01: Finding Your Voice
In this introductory episode, co-hosts Denisha and Erin will talk about their journey, their values, and what motivated them to create the show "Beautiful Humans."
September 3, 2019
All About the Terms, Baby! Reference Episode
In this episode, co-hosts Denisha and Erin will discuss concepts that will frequently come up on the podcast. If you're ever feeling stuck wit something we mention, have a quick listen to see if it has already been covered in this episode.
September 3, 2019
Coming Soon! Beautiful Humans: The Social ChangeCast
Coming soon to your favorite podcast app...it's The Social ChangeCast! Subscribe now as each week The Social ChangeCase bridges behavioral science and social justice. Get weekly conversations about current events around hard topics such as racism, sexism, hetero-sexism and all forms of oppression.
August 8, 2019