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 #437
CE Offered: BACB — 
Non-Compete Agreements in Applied Behavior Analysis: Prevalence, Impact, and Ethical Considerations
Monday, May 25, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Stephen Ray Flora, Ph.D.
Chair: Stephen Ray Flora (Youngstown State University; Progressive ABA Therapy Group)
KRIS BROWN (Youngstown State University)
MARY BROWN (Youngstown State University)
STEPHEN RAY FLORA (Youngstown State University; Progressive ABA Therapy Group)

With its growth, the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is encountering practice issues ranging from negotiating insurance reimbursement, developing formal treatment guidelines, and gaining the trust of consumers. One controversial practice issue is the use of non-compete clauses (NCC’s) in employment contracts. NCC’s have the potential impact how, when, and who practitioners can serve. NCC's are used in some fields and banned in others (i.e., law practice, some human services/medical fields in some states). Although widely used in ABA businesses, to our knowledge no discussion of NCC's has occurred in our own field. Results of a recent survey and personal experiences of the panelists and audience will be used to engage the attendees in discussing practical and ethical issues related to the use of NCC's in ABA.

Target Audience:

All BACB certificants (RBT's, BCaBA's, BCBA's, BCBA-D's), individuals who work in agencies services individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities, and owners of businesses providing services to individuals with disabilities.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) state what a non-compete clause is; 2) state potential ethical implications involved with the use of non-compete clauses in ABA; 3) state potential practical/business implications of the use of non-compete clauses in ABA.



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