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 #111
PDS: Ethical Considerations for the Practicing Behavior Analyst
Sunday, May 29, 2016
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Columbus Hall KL, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Joseph Hacker (McNeese State University)
JAMES E. CARR (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College)
ROBERT K. ROSS (Beacon ABA Services)

Ensuring the safety of both the client and the practitioner is paramount to the facilitation of the client's success. To ensure this safe practice, the ethical guidelines set forth by the BACB dictate the various "do's" and "do not's" of conducting treatments. Both knowing and adhering to the current codes allows the practitioner to move forward, fully confident in their ability to formulate safe and comprehensive treatments. Before beginning treatment, the practitioner must create an environment for success, minimizing or entirely dealing with any and all anticipated ethical problems prior to the commencement of treatment. Addressing ethical dilemmas before they have the chance to occur is important, as new issues can arise that the practitioner could not have anticipated and being prepared can minimize the amount of occurrences of these dilemmas. This panel will discuss how best to prepare the environment for clinical practice to protect both one's self as the practitioner and the client and how to approach some potential ethical struggles that preparation of the environment alone cannot account for.

Keyword(s): Autism, Ethics, Safe practice, Service delivery



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