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 #541
CE Offered: BACB — 
Applied Ethics: Home and Community, High Risk Behaviors, and Dealing With Your Decision
Monday, May 27, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Cuvee
Area: CSS/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lindsay Hauer, M.A.
Chair: Lindsay Hauer (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp. )
AMY SULGER (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp)
LINDA S. MECKLER (Positive Behavior Supports)

Ethical guidelines provide a critical navigational tool for practitioners in order to ensure that they are delivering the highest ethical considerations possible to every client across all settings. In general, ethics and ethical dilemmas are not entirely compulsory, and while a general consensus may exist regarding standards, challenges arise regarding decision-making and application. In clinical practice, identifying ethical dilemmas are often evident to practitioners however; making ethical decisions that benefit all stakeholders across settings tends to be more difficult. In addition, providing highly ethical services for individuals who engage in dangerous behavior in the community provides a unique challenge and tests the limits of a behavior analyst’s decision-making abilities. In this discussion, the panelists will elaborate on their successes and challenges related to actively applying ethical models to uncommon, complex, and even life-threatening scenarios within the home and community based service setting.

Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience:

This panel is designed for current BCBAs, BCaBAs, and practitioners who are actively working in challenging situations, or are seeking additional information on aspects of working in the home/community setting.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe antecedent strategies for determining functions of challenging behavior in a community setting Participants will become familiar with treatment options that match determined functions and ensure safety Participants will become knowledge and applicable literature and research resources to guide future treatment planning and assessment Participants will be able to describe best practices and select most appropriate ethical treatment options based on behavior and contextual variables Participants will be able to describe reasons why behavioral assessment can be challenging in the community



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