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

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: None
Ethical Issues in Home-Based Behavioral Intervention
Friday, May 28, 2004
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Back Bay A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Vicki Madaus Knapp, Psy.D.
VICKI MADAUS KNAPP (Summit Educational Resources Early Autism Program), AMY L. JABLONSKI (Summit Educational Resources)
Description: Certified and licensed professionals are mandated to follow the ethical standards of their respective professions. Additionally, other professionals, including those in training, are expected to follow ethical guidelines when delivering services. Clearly delineated standards exist, but the application of these standards to clinical practice may still be a subjective process. Guidelines for ethical treatment procedures exist in many settings, yet the implementation and ongoing evaluation of ethical clinical practice, in general, may be lacking. Various circumstances arise in the home environment (e.g., infrequent direct supervision, lack of environmental control, temptations to cross professional boundaries) which may jeopardize the ability of professionals to apply ethical standards in a consistent manner. Because of the nature of home-based instruction, adequate descriptions of how to behave ethically in those settings appear to be deficient. The purpose of this workshop is to provide strategies for ethical practice to individuals who deliver home-based behavioral intervention to young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Issues concerning direct service delivery, confidentiality and record keeping, consultation, professional boundaries, crisis intervention in the home and the extension of services into community settings will be addressed.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Identify the APA codes of ethics most relevant to home-based behavioral intervention for young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Identify and evaluate literature that guides the ethical practice of home-based behavioral intervention for young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Apply the ethical standards to home-based intervention for young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Outline ethical standards for the implementation and on-going evaluation of home-based behavioral intervention for young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Activities: Participants will review current standards of ethical practice and existing guidelines for ethical practice in the behavioral intervention literature. Participants will also discuss issues that involve ethical practice in the field of home-based behavioral intervention for young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Audience: Participants with experience delivering home-based behavioral intervention to young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Those supervising, evaluating, or establishing home-based behavioral intervention programs, including: Teachers, paraprofessionals, psychologists, behavior analysts, and speech and language professionals. Administrators and parents may also benefit.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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