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.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Panel #284
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethics CEUs! Oh, and Also an In-Depth Discussion on Functional Perspectives of the BACB Ethics Code
Sunday, May 24, 2020
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: PCH/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Darren Sush, Psy.D.
Chair: Shane Spiker (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.)
DARREN SUSH (Pepperdine University)
SARA GERSHFELD LITVAK (Behavioral Health Center of Excellence)
OLIVIA ONOFRIO (Trumpet Behavioral Health)

Behavior analysts have the potential to encounter ethical challenges on a daily basis. While the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (Behavior Analyst Certification Board; BACB, 2014), includes clear and concise guidance and direction, many behavior analysts find there is significant ambiguity, misunderstanding, and interpretation when applying the Code to real-life professional circumstances. Practitioners may find themselves in an uncomfortable conflict between adhering to the Code and integrating their own appraisal and perspective of challenging scenarios. Fortunately, behavior analysts are adept at assessment of the events surrounding targeted behavior and can directly apply this skillset toward understanding behaviors associated with ethically difficult situations. The panelists will discuss ethical decision-making models for incorporating and analyzing the function of ethically precarious behavior within context while remaining consistent with ethical standards of the field and ensuring quality care for clientele.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this presentation is anyone interested in the study or practice of applied behavior analysis including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), psychologists, psychiatrists, clinicians, graduate students, professors, teachers, and parents. The primary audience will be those practicing, teaching or studying in applied behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will be able to identify ethical challenges when they occur to reduce risk, as well as identifying potential ethically precarious situations before they become problematic. 2. Attendees will be able to describe ethical decision-making models that integrate relevant ethical standards and legal principles within the context of challenging circumstances. 3. Taking a functional approach to ethical and unethical behavior, attendees will be able to describe factors maintaining and influencing the ethical principles and standards of responsible professional conduct that apply to the implementation of ABA.



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