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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #49
PDS: Professional and Ethical Considerations for Disseminating Behavior Analysis and Current Research Through Social Media
Sunday, May 29, 2016
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Vevey 1 & 2, Swissotel
Area: CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Kristin Miller (Florida State University)
TODD A. WARD (bSci21 Media, LLC)
AMANDA N. KELLY (Keiki Educational Consultants)
MATTHEW CICORIA (Positive Behavioral Outcomes, LLC)

This talk focuses on the roles and responsibilities of behavior analysts in the dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis and research through social media. The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts explicitly states that it is the responsibility of all behavior analysts to promote the field through all available mediums, which includes social media. Behavior analysts and those seeking certification currently use social networks--such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest--to seek advice on degree programs in behavior analysis, dissemination, and clinical practice. While it is common for behavior analysts to seek the advice of those with more experience or different expertise when developing treatments, it is important to ensure that confidentiality breaches, among other ethical issues, do not occur. The behavior of this verbal community is discussed to ensure that no harm is done to clients or to the field of behavior analysis. Enforcement of the compliance code, as of January 2016, calls for a review of acceptable practices for dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis through social media.

Keyword(s): dissemination, ethics, social media



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