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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Tutorial #407
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
Applied Ethics for Practicing Behavior Analysts
Monday, May 29, 2017
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB/QABA CE Offered. CE Instructor: Steven Woolf, Ph.D.
Chair: John M. Guercio (Benchmark Human Services)
Presenting Authors: : STEVEN WOOLF (Beacon ABA Services)

This presentation addresses some of the most common ethical issues behavioral practitioners encounter when providing home-based and school services. As the numbers of BCBAs have grown over the last few years and ABA services funding increased, behavior analysts are increasingly exposed to ethical dilemmas that may jeopardize their certification or license. The presenter shall complete a data based overview of some of the most common ethical complaints encountered by related human service professionals enforced by state regulatory boards. The presentation also highlights survey data based on ethical challenges experienced by practicing behavior analyst. The presenter will also provide analysis of state behavior analyst licensing regulations cross referenced to the BACB compliance code. Finally, the presenter shall provide strategies for dealing and responding to ethical issues commonly encounter by practicing behavioral professionals. This workshop addresses a variety of ethical and best practice issues: in-field supervision of paraprofessional staff, appropriate discharge/termination of cases, fraudulent billing, school consultation, documentation of services, informed consent, misrepresentation, punishment as intervention, and maintaining of clinical records.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Licensed BCBAs, graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) list the three most common ethical dilemmas encountered by practicing behavior analysts; (2) identify three sections of the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code most applicable to providing home- and school-based ABA-based treatment; (3) list three antecedent control strategies to avoid controversial ethical situations when delivering services in schools and homes.
STEVEN WOOLF (Beacon ABA Services)
Dr. Woolf has been a BCBA-D for over 17 years and is the Senior Vice President of Beacon ABA Services, which is the largest home based EIBI service provider in the Northeast. He regularly communicates with state officials at Department of Public Health, Department of Developmental Services, special education directors, and state legislators on the funding and quality of ABA services. Dr. Woolf has authored publications and regularly presents ABA research at state and national conferences. He has extensive experience providing treatment to children and adults with disabilities. He is the former past president, one of the founders of MassABA, executive member on CTABA, executive member of MassABA, and chairperson of the ABAI Chapter leadership committee. Dr. Woolf's specialty areas include managing large scale home-based service delivery system and licensure of behavior analysts. He has served on state committees to define behavior analyst licensure standards and regulations. Dr. Woolf also has significant experience working with numerous health insurance providers relative to funding ABA treatment and presents regularly on the new AMA CPT codes.



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