Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: None
Professional and Research Ethics for Behavioral Psychologists
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Liberty B
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: R. Wayne Fuqua, Ed.D.
R. WAYNE FUQUA (Western Michigan University), C. RICHARD SPATES (Western Michigan University)
Description: This workshop is designed to introduce students, practitioners, and researchers to the professional and ethical standards that impact the practice of psychology and the conduct of psychological research. With the help of case studies, participants will become familiar with critical ethical codes including: the APA's Ethical Standards for Psychologists and Ethical Principles for Research with Human Participants. The first part of the workshop will focus on ethical issues in the practice and teaching of psychology. The second part of the workshop will focus on ethical issues in research including: HSIRB guidelines, scientific misconduct, conflicts of interest, mentor/mentee relationships and social responsibility of researchers. Participants will be encouraged to offer examples of ethical dilemmas (with appropriate concern for confidentiality) for discussion with workshop participants and leaders.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Describe ethical standards for the practice of psychology, including the application of behavior analysis and behavior management strategies. Identify ethical concerns in case scenarios involving the practice of psychology. Describe appropriate corrective action for practices of questionable ethicality. Identify best ethical practices in the conduct of research with human participants. Identify ethical issues involved in intellectual property/plagiarism, conflicts of interest, mentor-mentee relations and scientific misconduct. Using behavior analytic principles, explain why ethical violations occur and what strategies might be applied to reduce and prevent such violations.
Activities: This workshop will rely heavily on real and hypothetical cases to illustrate major ethical principles. Participants will be encouraged to identify the ethical dilemmas posed by various cases and to suggest appropriate courses of action. Participants will be encouraged to offer real world examples of ethical conflicts (with appropriate concern for confidentiality) for discussion and analysis.
Audience: Behavioral practitioners, behavioral researchers, and advanced students who are engaged in professional practice, research, and/or the study of ethics.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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