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

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W31
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Applying the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts in Everyday Practice
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
St. Gallen 1, Swissotel
Area: CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda L. Little, Ph.D.
AMANDA L. LITTLE (The University of Texas at Austin/The Meadows Center)
Description: Ethics in behavior analysis is of utmost importance in today's world. Certified behavior analysts and applicants are now required to abide by the new compliance code (BACB, 2014). This newly approved document became enforceable on January 1, 2016. Changes to the document involve: supervisory volume by supervisors, multiple relationships, media presentations, advertising, and many more. Addressing the "real world" ethical dilemmas during implementation of behavior analysis can be a challenging endeavor especially for new professionals (Bailey & Burch, 2011). This workshop will actively engage participants in discussions surrounding ethical dilemmas that occur in the home, clinics, and within schools and other organizations. These examples will demonstrate the 10 guidelines that comprise the new professional and ethical compliance code (BACB, 2014). The instructors will quiz participants on their knowledge of each of the 10 guidelines, review each guideline, assist participants in identifying the appropriate ethical guideline related to case scenarios, foster conversation around appropriate actions to take, and revisit quiz questions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) state the 10 guidelines in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2014); (2) accurately identify ethical dilemmas presented in video and/or case examples; (3) accurately state which guideline addresses the dilemma; (4) correctly answer quiz questions related to ethics in behavior analysis.
Activities: Take pre/post quizzes regarding ethical behavior of behavior analysts. Lecture on the 10 Guidelines in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts that became effective January 1, 2016. Lecture on Bailey and Burch (2011) viewpoints on ethical guidelines of behavior analysts. Watch and discuss video examples (or discuss written scenarios) for each of the 10 Guidelines in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Discussion on how to respond to "real world" dilemmas that professionals in the field have encountered and shared with the group.
Audience: BCBA-D, BCBA, BCaBA, RBTs, or those training to be any of these who are seeking additional practice identifying and appropriately responding to ethical dilemmas they may face in their professional interactions with individuals/families, supervisors/supervisees, and other service providers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): compliance code, ethics, home/community



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