Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Symposium #161
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analysis and the Legal System: Three Perspectives on a Wrongful Death Case and the Aftermath
Sunday, May 24, 2009
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
North 131 A
Area: CSE/DDA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Jon S. Bailey (FSU, BMC, FABA)
Discussant: Gina Green (San Diego State University)
CE Instructor: Rayni Anderson, M.Ed.
Abstract: This symposium will present three perspectives on a wrongful death case that was recently settled in Florida: The mother of the client who died, the attorney who represented the family, and the behavior analyst who was the expert witness for the plaintiffs. The issues concern the selection and training of the staff that were responsible for carrying out the behavior program and the supervision required to properly implement a behavioral program in the community. Our attorney will explain the legal and ethical implications and responsibilities for our field.
“My Favorite Person”
Abstract: Ms. Glover will present the background on her son who was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) as a child, the difficult decision for placement in a group home specializing in PWS as a teen and subsequently died several years later as a young adult in this facility which presented itself as a specialized behavioral treatment program for individuals diagnosed with PWS. Ms. Glover will conclude with the aftermath due to this tragic event.
The Behavior Analyst as an Expert Witness in a Wrongful Death Case: What we have to offer the legal system
Abstract: Dr. Bailey will describe his role as an expert witness and some of the behavioral issues that were central to the case including issues of training of staff, design of the behavioral program, and the proper implementation and monitoring of the behavioral program, the failure of which resulted in the death of the client.
A new world of rights for vulnerable clients today
DEAN LEBOEUF (Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, PA)
Abstract: Mr. LeBoeuf will address issues relevant to behavior analysts who are concerned with clients right to treatment under state statutes in Florida and other states. This Prader-Willi wrongful death case appears to open the door to litigation which holds treatment facilities responsible for providing proper care, treatment, and supervision. Advice for behavior analysts who wish to protect clients in their facilities will be provided.



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