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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #339
CE Offered: BACB — 
Considerations for the Ethics of Behavior Analysts Working in Public Schools
Sunday, May 26, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Fairmont, Second Level, Gold
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Selena Layden, Ph.D.
Chair: Selena Layden (Old Dominion University)
DARIA LORIO-BARSTEN (College of William & Mary)
LAUREN MARIE VETERE (Culpeper County Public Schools)
DANIS URBAN (New Horizons Regional Education Centers, Public Day Treatment Program)
Abstract: Working as a behavior analyst in a public school setting can be challenging, particularly from an ethical standpoint. While this focus is an important applied area in the field of behavior analysis, it requires a strong understanding and application of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. Yet, even with great skill and care, situations arise that can challenge the ethical compass of any behavior analyst in this setting. This panel discussion will focus on some of the ethical challenges behavior analysts face in public schools and provide potential solutions from behavior analysts currently working in and with public school settings in a variety of roles. The targeted audience for this panel discussion are those currently working in public school settings, those who consult in these settings, or those teaching future behavior analysts who may work in the public school setting. Identifying and discussing potential areas of conflict as well as possible solutions provides the field a basis to address these issue and ensure behavior analysts are effective in supporting public schools while remaining true to the ethical code of our profession.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: BCBAs or BCaBAs who are working or consulting in public school settings.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify at least 5 challenges to being a BCBA in the public school setting with potential resolutions. 2. Determine at least 3 questions from the larger audience that need to be addressed related to this topic.
Keyword(s): Education, Ethics, Public Schools



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