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 #W50
Ethics in Behavior Analysis: Back to the Basics
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Independence (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor:
R. M. (DUKE) SCHELL (J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center)
Description: Behavior analysts sometimes believe that they are distanced from ethical issues because behavior analysis is a science-based approach that has a neutral position with regard to outside nonscientific values. This workshop will use didactic instruction and small group interactions to review the core principles and early descriptions of behavior analysis that relate to ethics in the writings of early behavior analysts, such as B. F. Skinner and Sidney Bijou, through the development of the guidelines of responsible conduct for certified behavior analysts laid-out by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. In addition, case studies of ethical dilemmas from workshop participants will be discussed with their possible resoluation in the context of these core principles and the dimensions of behavior analysis.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to do the following: 1. describe the historical basis for the concepts of ethics in behavior analysis; 2. review and analyze their behavior and the culture of their clinical settings to recognize where ethical issues may arise; 3. work with colleagues, ethics materials, and other sources to discuss and attempt to resolve ethical issues.
Activities: The participants will be involved with in the workshop materials via a visual presentation and questions from the presenter. They will also be involved with discussions about the historical basis for ethics in behavior analysis and discussions of ethical dilemmas they face in their own situations.
Audience: Professional behavior analysts and behavioral psychologists currently working with varied populations in varied settings. This would also include people supervising the work of professional behavior analysts.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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