Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #87
CE Offered: BACB — 
Using A Decision Making Framework to Address Ethical Dilemmas in Schools
Saturday, May 25, 2019
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Lobby Level, Crystal Ballroom B
Area: DDA/EDC; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Ilene S. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Chair: Ilene S. Schwartz (University of Washington)
ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
NANCY ROSENBERG (University of Washington)
JOE M. LUCYSHYN (University of British Columbia)
Abstract: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities in the United States. Therefore, publics schools are a setting in which Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) should be working. When working in public schools, however, BCBAs often face numerous ethical challenges. Some of these challenges are related to philosophical differences, others may be related to resource allocations. Regardless of the issues contributing to the ethical dilemmas, BCBAs working in schools need a process to evaluate these dilemmas and make decisions about their practice. Rosenberg and Schwartz (2018) propose a decision making framework that BCBAs can use in their practice to address ethical dilemmas. The decision making framework does not provide BCBAs with a “right” answer, rather it is a tool for them to use to consider the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, student outcomes, and other issues when making decisions about their practices. The purpose of this panel is to describe this process and then use it to address real world ethical dilemmas faced by BCBAs working in public schools.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: BCBAs, specifically those who are working in schools
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will improve their knowledge about the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code 2. Participants will increase their knowledge of a decision making framework proposed by Rosenberg and Schwartz, 2018. 3. Participants will increase their comfort with discussing ethical issues.



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