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 #W24
CE Offered: None
Everyday Ethics of Behavior Analysts Serving People with Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities
Friday, May 28, 2004
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Beacon B
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: R. M. Schell, Ed.D.
R. M. SCHELL (Western Carolina Center)
Description: Most discussions of ethics in the practice of psychology and/or behavior analysis focus on the misconduct of the professional providing services. Behavior analysis, as a methodological perspective, tends to be distanced from ethical issues because it is a science-based approach, but it is not immune from personal and cultural contingencies that create unethical behavior. This workshop will describe not only the effects of ethical and unethical behaviors on the people being served, but also will focus on the everyday ethical behaviors of clinicians that enhance habilitation and life
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Describe how the historical concepts of ethics, values, and morals are viewed within behavior analysis. Determine everyday behaviors of clinicians that can be viewed as ethical or unethical and also those behaviors that are less readily placed at either end of the continuum. Describe how the dimensions of behavior analysis can be used to reinforce ethical behavior. Review and analyze their behavior and the culture of their clinical setting to recognize where ethical issues may arise and how to resolve them.
Activities: A brief review of historical information will be followed by casebook-style discussions based on experiences of the presenters as well as composite examples that raise ethical issues. Participants are encouraged to bring their own case histories for discussion with the group.
Audience: Individuals involved in the development and supervision of behavioral teaching and treatment procedures and applied research with people with mental retardation and related disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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