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.


30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W8
CE Offered: None
Professional Conduct and Ethical Decision Making in the Delivery of Behavioral Services
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fairfax B
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Pamela G. Osnes, M.D.
SARAH ROBINSON (Florida Department of Children and Families), PAMELA G. OSNES (The Ohio State University), HAYDEE TORO (Florida Department of Children and Families)
Description: This introductory workshop provides an overview of ethical principles and their application to the clinical practice of behavior analysis. Behavior analysts often encounter ethical dilemmas in their work. However, many received limited training in this area or received training relevant to other professions that do not routinely practice in the diverse settings and circumstances encountered by behavior analysts. This workshop will cover ways to recognize ethical issues and how to make decisions about them when they arise. It will also highlight some key ethical concerns including competence, confidentiality, multiple relationships, business practices, and special education issues. Ethical principles will be discussed in terms of situations that arise in real settings including communities, family homes, schools, and residential facilities and with a variety of client populations. A significant part of the workshop will be spent on discussion of examples provided by the presenters and the participants' own ethical dilemmas. Participants will also receive copies of a number of professional codes, guidelines, and other relevant materials.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Use a variety of professional ethics codes and guidelines including those of the American Psychological Association and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Identify some ethical principles common across several professions. Understand and apply the ethical principles related to professional competence, confidentiality, multiple relationships, and misuse of influence. Understand and apply ethical principles to situations that commonly arise in business practices, such as record keeping, financial arrangements, and honoring commitments. Understand and apply ethical principles to issues encountered in special education, such as those related to due process and IEP's. Take steps to avoid common ethical problems. Recognize ethical issues and use strategies to resolve them as they arise.
Activities: Workshop activities will include large group and small group exercises in which participants will discuss ethical dilemmas. Through this process participants will enhance their abilities to identify ethical issues and use ethical decision-making skills. Exercises are the product of experiences and dilemmas encountered and researched by the presenters through their years of practice in diverse settings as well as published and unpublished teaching cases. Participants will also have the opportunity to suggest for discussion ethical dilemmas that they have encountered in their own
Audience: Practitioners, supervisors, and other professionals working in educational, developmental disabilities, mental health, and home and community settings, including behavior analysts, special education and regular education teachers, and psychologists.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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