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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Panel #400
At the Intersection of the Company and the Code
Monday, May 28, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom A
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Mary Rosswurm (LittleStar ABA Therapy)
DANIEL UNUMB (National Autism Law Center)
MARY ROSSWURM (LittleStar ABA Therapy)

Many BCBAs find themselves working in behavioral organizations that are not run or owned by other BCBAs. This is in part due to parents of children with autism starting their own organization so their child could get ABA treatment, legacy organizations dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities getting into ABA as a new offering and investment minded people and companies seeing the boom in autism treatment as a good business venture. Whatever the origin of the organization, circumstances can sometimes put the non-BCBA business owner/executive director at odds with the clinical BCBAs. These situations arise because each job requires different focuses and has a different set of objectives. However, the field needs these non-BCBA leaders to be aware of and adhere to the BABC's Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, but this can be problematic. This panel will address the conflicts often faced by BCBAs and their non-BCBA supervisors that run the organizations. Discussion will focus on how to handle these issues so that both parties can have their voice be heard and together develop a plan that meets both of their objectives.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): business operations, conflict, ethics, non-BCBAs



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