Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W68
CE Offered: BACB — 
Evidence-Based Practice: A Decision-Making Model for Ethically Selecting Interventions for Your Client
Friday, May 25, 2018
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Gaslamp AB
Area: PRA/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Susan Wilczynski, Ph.D.
SUSAN WILCZYNSKI (Ball State University), TIMOTHY A. SLOCUM (Utah State University), RONNIE DETRICH (The Wing Institute)
Description: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a decision-making model that practitioners can use to make sound ethical decisions for their clients (Slocum et al., 2014; Wilczynski, 2017). EBP involves using professional judgment to integrate the best available evidence with client factors and contextual variables. By using the EBP model, practitioners are well-positioned to select, reject, adapt, or retain a treatment while considering their ethical responsibilities to provide effective treatment, to work in collaboration or consultation with other professionals, to communicate effectively with clients (and their families) and involve clients and in planning, and to individualize behavior-change programs. This workshop will introduce an EBP checklist to attendees to help them integrate each of these components of the ethics code. Participants will actively work through examples in which they select the best intervention option given the complex and sometimes conflicting expectations in our field (e.g., most effective interventions versus social validity). Participants will be coached on how to apply the EBP model to make ethical decisions (BACB, 2014) regarding treatment choices for their own clients. Behavior analysts who seek to better understand how to apply the ethics code under real world conditions will find the EBP Checklist a useful tool to guide their decision-making.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to (1)identify the relationship between the evidence-based practice decision-making model and the ethics code; (2) use the evidence-based practice checklist to guide their decisions to select, reject, adapt, or retain a treatment; (3) apply the EBP decision-making model to make ethical decisions regarding their clients.
Activities: This workshop is designed to help evidence-based practitioners of ABA to learn how to apply the EBP checklist to make sound and ethical decisions when initially selecting treatments as well as using data to determine if a given intervention should be rejected, adapted or retained. The training methods applied in this workshop is didactic instruction and discussion. Examples of how to apply the EBP decision-making model to clients with a range of identified disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, etc.) as well as non-examples that provide clarification between accurate and inaccurate use of the EBP checklist will be provided. These examples and non-examples will be based on the clinical decision-making of the workshop presenters drawn from decades of experience. Finally, participants will be coached regarding how to apply the EBP checklist to their current cases. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to incorporate multiple competing components into their decision-making in order to ethically select, reject, adapt, or retain interventions.
Audience: Intermediate: Our goal is to teach practicing behavior analysts or professors teaching practitioners how to effectively and ethically integrate the various demands for science-based and socially valid described in our field.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ethics, evidence-based practice, social validity



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