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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W75
CE Offered: BACB
Ethics and Autism: Making the Puzzle Without Bending the Pieces
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Crockett A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: W. Wyatt, Ph.D.
Description: The growing demand for behavior analysts working in educational contexts has been both significant and rapid. This need has been most evident in the delivery of services to children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The variety of settings and needs involved in service delivery to this population creates unique and varied responsibilities for behavior analysts. This in turn puts a greater emphasis on our professional and ethical conduct. This workshop will focus on the application of the BACB guidelines for ethical conduct by service providers working in early intervention (ages birth to 3), school-based, and home-based settings for children with autism. Rather than lecture format, the workshop will be based on active attendee participation. A variety of situational vignettes will be used to structure discussion within small and large groups. Participants are encouraged to offer their own examples and scenarios for discussion and feedback.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. define ethics and relate historical events leading to the BACB's current ethical code; 2. identify and provide examples for the BACB guidelines for ethical conduct; 3. discuss ethical responsibilities with respect to the varying roles of a behavior analyst working with children on the autism spectrum; 4. determine requirements for functional assessment and appropriate delivery of services in early intervention (ages birth to 3), school-based, and home-based settings; 5. outline the ethical considerations for conducting research involving children on the autism spectrum; 6. list the established procedures for dealing with perceived ethical violations; 7. make decisions regarding professional competence, family involvement, environmental appropriateness, and treatment termination.
Activities: The workshop will include an audio-visual presentation and emphasize audience participation through large and small group discussions. Worksheets will be used to assess current skill base and provide a follow-up measure.
Audience: Behavior Analysts and other professionals working with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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