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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W5
Do the Right Thing: Ethics in Behavior Analysis and Other Clinical Fields
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Lone Star Ballroom Salon F (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor:
ANDREW J. HOUVOURAS (Brevard County Public Schools), ADA C. HARVEY (Florida Institute of Technology)
Description: Behavior analysts have the power to benefit or harm their clients. What course of action is in the long-term best interests of clients? What are those interests and who should define them? In this workshop, we will overview the BACB ethical guidelines related to serving clients with various diagnoses and disability types, and present case studies that illustrate the types of ethical problems that practitioners may encounter. Participants will have the opportunity to use ethical principles to solve these problems. Emphasis will be placed on service provision by behavior practitioners working in schools, day programs, and other community settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. Given real-life examples of ethical problems that practitioners must solve, participants will select the course of action that is in the best long-term interests of their clients, based on the BACB code of ethics. 2. Given recommended solutions to ethical problems, participants will state the reasons they chose a particular course of action, justifying their decisions in terms of the long-term best interests of their clients. 3) Attendees will be able to identify the three elements of ethically obtaining consent, and given specific scenarios relating to each, discuss how they would apply them.
Activities: Presenters will overview guidelines related to ethical practice in a variety of settings, emphasizing real-life examples of ethical dilemmas, and guiding discussion on how to proceed with resolving them in accordance with the BACB code of ethics. Participants will be provided with a variety of real-life ethical problems and opportunities to use ethical guidelines to evaluate different courses of action in terms of their impact on the long-term best interests of their clients.
Audience: Practitioners of behavior analysis who work in clinical, educational, or other organizational settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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