Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Legal & Ethical Issues for Behavior Analysts Serving People with Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities
Friday, May 26, 2006
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: R. M. (Duke) Schell, Ph.D.
R. M. (DUKE) SCHELL (J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center)
Description: This workshop will focus on legal issues related to the use of behavior analysis techniques and procedures with people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. It will also describe legal issues from the field of mental health that have had an impact on behavior analytic approaches. Legal issues will be discussed across the varied settings from which they are drawn including schools, mental retardation and mental health facilities, and community settings.
Learning Objectives: On completion of the workshop the participants will be able to: 1. Describe legal issues (topical areas and specific court cases) that have influenced the general use of behavior analysis techniques and procedures. 2. Describe and discuss the effects of legal issues and precedents on the everyday practice of behavior analysis with consumers (i.e., people directly receiving behavior analytic services). 3. Describe and discuss the effects of legal issues and precedents on the perception of behavior analysis techniques and procedures on the public as consumer. 4. Describe and discuss legal issues in the context of ethics for psychologists and the responsible code of conduct for certified behavior analysts.
Activities: A brief review of historical and more current legal information will be followed by casebook-style discussions based on experiences of the presenter as well as composite examples that raise legal and ethical issues. Cases will be discussed in small-groups and then presented to the entire audience. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences with legal issues and anonymous case examples for discussion with the group.
Audience: People involved in the development and supervision of behavioral assessment and treatment procedures and applied research with people with mental retardation and related disabilities. People who manage the provision of behavior analytic services in applied settings are also encouraged to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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