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

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Panel #134
CE Offered: BACB
Ethical Challenges for Applied Behavior Analysis Professionals
Sunday, May 30, 2010
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
217D (CC)
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Stephanie Peterson, Ph.D.
Chair: James M. Johnston (Auburn University)
MARY JANE WEISS (Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development)
JOSE D. RIOS (BehaviorLogix, Inc.)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysts working in service delivery settings face a variety of ethical challenges, both obvious and subtle. Although some ethical problems can be easily addressed, most involve situations in which the professional's options are limited in some way. Some situations even require compromises or require a long-term effort to resolve. This panel discussion will consider real world scenarios involving a ethical challenges often faced by applied behavior analysts working in service delivery scenarios. Each panel member will begin by presenting an ethical problem they are familiar with and discussing ways of resolving the issue. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Behavior Analysts will serve as the context for discussion and resolution of ethical problems. Audience members will be invited to present ethical challenges they face, and panel members will discuss possible resolutions. The audience will be invited to join the discussion and contribute their views.



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