Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #223
CE Offered: BACB — 
Behavior Analysts Treating Supervisees and RBTs Badly
Sunday, May 24, 2020
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M2, Marquis Ballroom 5
Area: PCH/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
Chair: Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University)
MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College)
THOMAS L. ZANE (University of Kansas)
JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University)

This panel is a continuation of previous presentations at ABAI regarding Behavior Analysts Who Are Behaving Badly. This year we will focus on the plight of the supervisees and RBTs who work under BCBAs who do not respect their work experience or the conditions under which they provide services. For this panel we have brought together three behavior analysis ethicists who are regularly requested to provide guidance through the ABAEthicsHotline, with regard to the treatment of supervisees and RBTs. To demonstrate the range of approaches used and opinions offered, recent ethics questions from both supervisees and RBT will be presented, each panelist will offer their guidance, we will then debate the merits of our various and sometimes differing approaches. Toward the end of the session we will open the floor to questions from the audience and again each ethicist will respond so that the range of tactics and strategies will be apparent.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience is BCBA supervisors who need to learn about inappropriate and unethical practices with their supervisees and RBTs who need to know what to what to do in the case that they are a victim of unscrupulous supervision practices.

Learning Objectives: 1. Members of the audience will be able to list three common ethical violations that BCBA supervisors commit with their supervisees and RBTs. 2. Members of the audience will be able to describe the appropriate steps to take if they are the supervisee victim of unethical practices. 3. Members of the audience will be able to describe steps to be taken in an organization to prevent unethical BCBA supervision practices.
Keyword(s): Ethics, Supervisees



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