Association for Behavior Analysis International

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13th Annual Autism Conference; San Francisco, CA; 2019

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Invited Paper Session #11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/QABA/NASP — 
Ethics

A Call for Discussion About Scope of Competence in Behavior Analysis

Saturday, January 19, 2019
12:50 PM–1:40 PM
Grand Ballroom A-C
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D.
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation; Endicott College)
MATTHEW T. BRODHEAD (Michigan State University)

Matthew T. Brodhead is an assistant professor at Michigan State University and the Research Director at the Early Learning Institute. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, his research examines focused social skill interventions for children with autism. He also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. He is on the editorial board of multiple journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and Behavior and Philosophy. He is also the co-guest editor for the forthcoming special issue in Behavior Analysis in Practice on diversity and equity in the practice of behavior analysis. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts both nationally and internationally. Finally, he specializes in program evaluation for both applied behavior analysis and public school placements for individuals with autism.

Abstract:

The field of behavior analysis has defined its scope of practice through credentialing and licensure efforts. However, scope of competence in behavior analysis has received little discussion. Scope of competence refers to activities that the individual practitioner can perform at a certain criterion level (e.g., the functional analysis is conducted accurately and safely, a skill acquisition program includes critical program components and establishes accurate stimulus control). Given the successful efforts of behavior analysts in growth and recognition of the field, it is time for a robust conversation about scope of competence for the field of behavior analysis. This discussion can clarify how behavior analysts self-evaluate their own scope of competence and how they might expand their scope of competence if the needs of consumers requires practitioners to expand into new areas.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe risks associated with practicing outside one’s scope of competence; (2) describe elements that improve their own scope of competence; (3) identify systematic ways to identify their own scope of competence.
 

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