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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Ethical and Professional Practice of Behavior Analysts: Implementing the New Ethical Compliance Code
Friday, May 22, 2015
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
217A (CC)
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: We are all ethical--or are we? Did you know that as a behavior analyst you are not allowed to accept gifts from clients? Did you know that you are not allowed to solicit testimonials from current clients to promote your business? Did you know that the BACB just approved one document that will be enforceable beginning Jan. 1, 2016? Why is it so challenging for us to understand how to behave in these ethically difficult situations? Addressing the "real world" ethical dilemmas during implementation of behavior analysis can be a challenging endeavor especially for new professionals (Bailey & Burch, 2011). As behavior analysts, we have anew professional and ethical compliance code to guide our practice (BACB, 2014). This workshop will actively engage participants in discussions surrounding "real world" examples of ethical dilemmas that occur in the home, clinics, and within schools and other organizations. These examples will demonstrate the 10 currently approved guidelines (BACB, 2010), as well as those added to the new professional and ethical compliance code (BACB, 2014). 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 the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) define ethics and describe why ethical guidelines are important; (2) name the 10 Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2010); (3) understand the current disciplinary actions and the new disciplinary system coming in 2016 (BACB, 2010, 2014); (4) compare the ethical guidelines of behavior analysts to other published guidelines; (5) accurately identify ethical dilemmas presented in video and/or case examples; (6) accurately identify which guideline addresses the dilemma; and (7) describe changes in the new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts that will be in effect in 2016 (BACB, 2014).
Activities: Review the 10 Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Behavior Analysts. Review the Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards. Review the new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts that is effective January 1, 2016. Discuss Bailey and Burch (2011) viewpoints on ethical guidelines of behavior analysts. Watch video examples or discuss written scenarios. Discuss how to respond to "real world" dilemmas that professionals in the field have encountered and shared with the group.
Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts-Doctorate, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts, and Registered Behavior Technicians, or those training to be any of these who are seeking additional practice identifying and appropriately responding to ethical dilemmas they may face in their professional interactions with individuals, families, and other service providers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, community/home services, ethical practice, ethics



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