Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Workshop #W55
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Review of Ethical Challenges Facing Applied Behavior Analysts: How Ethical Guidelines Can Be Used to Navigate and Resolve Dilemmas.
Friday, May 22, 2009
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
North 128
Area: CSE/CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Michael Miklos, M.S.
David A. Celiberti (Association for Science in Autism Treatment), Mary Jane Weiss (Rutgers University), Thomas L. Zane (The Center for Applied Behavior Analysis at The Sa), SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development)
Description: Applied Behavior Analysts are faced with ethical dilemmas on a continual basis. Fortunately, ethical guidelines exist to assist us in navigating these dilemmas. Although the responsible clinician strives to understand these dilemmas, operates in his or her professional role in congruence with these guidelines, and monitors his or her own behavior and circumstances in an ongoing manner, it is common for even the most experienced clinicians to encounter ethical challenges. In this workshop, we will discuss the ethical guidelines as they apply to real life clinical circumstances, and we will provide everyday ethical challenges from the clinical world. Topics to be addressed include the definitions and implications of minimal vs. appropriate training and supervision; working with other professionals; protecting confidentiality; identifying conflicts of interest; understanding, avoiding, and terminating dual relationships; assuring informed consent, advocating for appropriate and effective treatment; and ensuring socially valid outcomes of intervention. The workshop presenters will present ethical dilemmas that are commonly encountered, and will use the ethical guidelines to identify the salient ethical concerns at hand and develop the best course of action for each scenario.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: 1. describe the ramifications associated with adhering to only the minimal requirements for training and supervision and highlight the benefits associated with providing higher quality supervision and training. 2. define confidentiality, describe an array of situations in which it can be breached, and identify proactive strategies to ensure that confidentiality is maintained. 3. delineate the dimensions of informed consent as it pertains to both research and clinical practice. 4. describe the behavior analyst's commitment to science-based treatment and highlight strategies for articulating this commitment to consumers and professionals from other disciplines. 5. describe the steps warranted when faced with unethical behaviors by others in the field.
Activities: The workshop presenters will: 1. describe the relevant ethical guidelines via a lecture format; 2. engage discussion with the audience about questions concerning the ethical standards; 3. pose a number of situations that may or may not pose ethical dilemmas, and have the audience participate in discerning the core issues and ethical standards that may be applicable in each situation; 4. have the audience make judgments on each ethical dilemma, citing support of their decisions from ethical standards;
Audience: Our audience would consist of any practicing behavior analyst, certified or not, who has opportunities to be exposed to potential ethical situations.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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