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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W38
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Ethical and Professional Practice With Individuals With Autism and Their Families
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W186 (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CSE/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda L. Little, Ph.D.
AMANDA L. LITTLE (The University of Texas at Austin, The Meadows Center), NANETTE L. PERRIN (The University of Kansas)
Description: Are you ethical? Of course! Are Kim Kardashian, Ryan Braun, and Conan O'Brien ethical? Now that's a bit trickier! Are ethics important? Of course! Then why are they not clear-cut? Luckily, in the field of behavior analysis we have ethical guidelines to guide our practice (BACB, 2010). Addressing the "real world" ethical dilemmas during implementation of applied behavior analysis with families of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities can be a challenging endeavor especially for new professionals (Bailey & Burch, 2011). What do we do when our ethical guidelines conflict with other professionals' behavior in the field? This workshop will actively engage participants in discussions surrounding "real world" examples of ethical dilemmas that occur in the home, at centers, and within schools and other organizations. Utilizing video examples and actual scenarios of BCBAs and students working on the BCBA credential, the instructors will guide the participants through identifying the appropriate ethical guideline, lead discussion regarding appropriate actions, and provide guidance on how to manage their ethical compass.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) define "ethics" and describe why ethical guidelines are important, (2) identify the 10 Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts, (3) compare the ethical guidelines of behavior analysts to other published guidelines, (4) navigate the BACB ethics app, (5) accurately identify ethical dilemmas presented in video examples, (6) accurately identify which guideline is addressed in a given example, and (7) accurately identify appropriate responses to "real world" dilemmas.
Activities: Review the 10 Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. Compare these guidelines to other published guidelines. Discuss Bailey and Burch (2011) viewpoints on each of the ethical guidelines. Watch video examples of the guidelines. Discuss how to respond to "real world" dilemmas that professionals in the field have encountered.
Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (as well as those seeking these credentials), licensed psychologists, and others looking for additional practice identifying and appropriately responding to ethical dilemmas they may face in their professional interactions with individuals with autism and their families.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism, ethical practice, home/community



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