Social Justice is the Spirit and Aim of an Applied Science of Human Behaviour

The Spirit & Aim

This event will be of interest to all those wishing to learn more about ABA. Particularly how the history of ABA fits within the broader history of science.

One Continuing Education Unit is available. If you wish to make a payment to support the work of the MBAF you can do so here, if not, this one is on us. Enjoy!

One ethics CEU for the event is available here

On 19th Jan the MBAF hosted a CEU event with Dr Malika Pritchett. Dr Pritchett joined us to discuss her paper entitled, ‘The Spirit and Aim of an Applied Science. Social Justice is the Spirit and Aim of an Applied Science of Human Behavior: Moving from Colonial to Participatory Research Practices‘. Which is due for publication in a forthcoming special issue of Behaviour Analysis in Practice 

Dr Pritchett and her colleague’s paper is a remarkable contribution to our profession’s discussion of its role as applied science. It confronts where our science has failed those to whom it is applied and in so doing has drifted from its original egalitarian aims. Dr Pritchett’s paper challenges the reader to reconnect with the spirit and aim of our applied science. 

Dr Pritchett’s message is particularly timely for Irish Behaviour Analysts. In March 2018 Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention of Human Rights for people with disabilities. The ratification of the UNCRPD will mean that the rights of people with disabilities will no longer be the paternalistic aspirations of those who support them. Our discipline must confront the opportunities this presents.