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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #519
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethics and Professionalism: She Said What?!
Monday, May 28, 2018
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom A
Area: PRA/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Thomas R. Freeman (ABA Technologies; Florida Institute of Technology)
CE Instructor: Thomas R. Freeman, M.S.

Behavior analysts face dilemmas everyday without obvious professional or ethical solutions. Practitioners have a science to help change behavior, but this isn't enough. Surrounding ethical contingencies must be considered when selecting the best course of action. The BACB's Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior AnalystsTM provides an excellent resource. The Code should guide decisions so that the best interest and well- being of the client is always prioritized. Application of the Compliance Code is not always clear-cut or easy, however, the Code elements provide a backdrop for ethical decision making. Practice using the Code will assist the practitioner in exploring appropriate options. This presentation will highlight a variety of real-life examples with identification of applicable Code elements and options for resolution. Scenarios will include the areas of child welfare, developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behavior Analysis clinics, supervision, and academic settings. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and apply Code elements to existing scenarios and possible solutions.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Code, Ethics, Professionalism, Supervision
Target Audience:

Students in ABA graduate programs, BCaBAs, BCBAs, BCBA-Ds

Learning Objectives: Given a scenario, participants will identify ethical violations. Participants will identify the applicable Code element(s) from the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts related to the scenario. Participants will be able to identify possible solutions or actions given an applied scenario.
Does the Golden Rule Apply to Our Field?
CHRISTI A. REED (ABA Technologies Inc.)
Abstract: Having the letters behind our name isn’t enough- it matters how we practice, how we treat others and how we share our science. Are we applying the Code and professionalism to all we do? This talk will link code elements and possible solutions to real life events in dealing with other professionals in providing services to individuals with ASD, DD as well as issues regarding professional development and teaching.
Ethics and Professionalism in Teaching and Disseminating
APRIL ROWLAND (ABA Technologies Inc)
Abstract: As behavior analysts we are tasked not only with behaving ethically ourselves, but often with conferring those standards to others, both within and outside our field. This presentation will encourage discussion on scenarios applicable to those teaching new professionals as well as the role of ethics and professionalism when disseminating behavior analysis to individuals outside of our field.

The Final Frontier: Ethics and the Internet

COREY L. ROBERTSON (ABA Tech; Florida Institute of Technology)

Social media and increasingly accessible telecommunication technologies have helped ABA reach remote areas of the globe, bringing experts in touch with those who would otherwise not have access. But just who are these experts, and how much can they help? The Code applies to our digital behavior as well, so examples will be provided of ethical dilemmas, relevant code elements, and the appropriate course of action.




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