Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Invited Paper Session #102
CE Offered: BACB

Ethics and Values in Behavior Analysis: Do Our Consumers Know What they Are? Do We?

Sunday, May 28, 2006
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Centennial Ballroom II
Area: CSE; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
Chair: Janet Ellis (University of North Texas)
JON S. BAILEY (Behavior Management Consultants, Florida State University, and Florida Association for Behavior Analysis)
Dr. Jon S. Bailey worked with Jack Michael, Lee Meyerson, and Mont Wolf as a graduate student at Arizona State University and the University of Kansas where he received his PhD in 1970. In 2005 he received the SABA Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis. Jon Bailey's research has spanned a wide range of topics over his 35-years at Florida State University. He has worked in developmental disabilities, was a pioneer in behavioral community psychology and most recently has published and trained students in performance management. In the last six years he has teamed up with his co-author Mary R. Burch to produce a similarly wide range of books on dog training (How Dogs Learn), single-subject design (Research Methods for Applied Behavior Analysis), and most recently he has turned his attention to ethics (Ethics for Behavior Analysts). In his address to day he will discuss the relationship between ethics and values

Behavior analysts who are Board Certified now have Guidelines for Responsible Conduct that clearly define our ethical responsibilities to our clients, students, colleagues, society, and to the field of behavior analysis itself.Remaining to be codified, however, are a set of values statements that represent the best our field has to offer those individuals we serve. Often, the services we provide involve life-saving behavioral procedures. Because we are now in constant competition with other professions who work hard to sell their "values" (almost in lieu of an effective technology of behavior change), I believe it is critical that we address our own values. In a recent survey of leaders in ABA we found that the question, "What values are important for our field?" yielded a diverse range of responses from "empiricism" to "logic" to "induction" and "save the world through BF Skinner" none of which are likely to appeal to consumers.In this presentation I will attempt to offer some guidelines for the development of a set of values statements for behavior analysis that will appeal to advocates and consumers in autism, education, rehabilitation, and community treatment.




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