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 #141
An Evaluation of Ethical Decision Making
Saturday, May 25, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Swissôtel, Lucerne Ballroom Level, Lucerne 1/2
Area: PCH/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Michelle Nelson (University of West Florida; Lakeview Center, Inc.)
DAYNA BEDDICK (University of West Florida)
SAL RUIZ (University of West Florida; Central Reach LLC)
MIGUEL AVILA (The Professional Crisis Management Association; University of West Florida)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (PECC) is discussed and debated in the field, but often without any purposeful feedback or data presented by the Certificants to the governing body. As stakeholders in the field, we are responsible for articulating concerns regarding conflicting codes and processes, devising harmonious solutions, and demonstrating empirical evidence for the proposed solutions. This is imperative to model for future behavior analysts. The panel seeks to evaluate the ethical decision-making process presented by Rosenberg and Schwarz (2018) as a possible improvement to the current method. Panelists will summarize the key components of the process, as well as the justification behind using a more fluid decision making process. Case studies based on students and learners from across the world will be briefly presented to the audience. Using an interactive, polling-based online software, panelists will collect real-time feedback, data, and ethical dilemmas from the audience to better evaluate the process.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): decision making, ethics



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