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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W41
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Dealing With Uncertainty: An Ethical Decision-Making Model and Its Application to Providing Telehealth-Based Behavioral Services
Friday, May 28, 2021
1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Area: DDA/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Weihe Huang, Ph.D.
WEIHE HUANG (Creating Behavioral + Educational Momentum; Florida Institute of Technology ), KARRE WILLIAMS (CBEM)
Description: Ethical dilemmas always challenge practitioners of applied behavior analysis (ABA) because ABA service delivery is a complicated process and behavior analysts may encounter clinical and moral uncertainties. During the COVID-19 pandemic, behavior analysts move rapidly into the telehealth model of delivering ABA services. As a result, ABA providers are more likely than before to find themselves in uncertain situations where an ethical dilemma could arise. This workshop is designed to increase participants’ ability to deal with ethical uncertainties by defining ethical principles valued by behavior analysts, describing the characteristics of ethical dilemmas, introducing an ethical decision-making model, and demonstrating how this model can be applied to solve ethical dilemmas in providing ABA service via telehealth. This approach incorporates codes of ethics for behavior analysts and ethical reasoning strategies. In so doing, the instructors provide participants with a framework that emphasizes teaching the process of making ethical decisions rather than just offering simple answers. These principles and strategies are based on the clinical and teaching experiences of the instructors, their relevant publications, and the available literature in the field of ABA and other disciplines. The instructors will discuss the limitations of this model and offer various examples of applying the model.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe at least five core ethical principles valued in the field of applied behavior analysis; (2) identify most common ethical dilemmas by discriminating among ethical dilemmas, clinical problems, and administrative issues; (3) explain six steps in the decision-making model; and (4) apply the decision-making model to solve ethical dilemmas stemming from telehealth-based ABA services by completing relevant case scenarios provided by the instructors.
Activities: Core content will be taught through lecture and case illustrations. In group discussions, participants will be encouraged to (1) recognize ethical dilemmas based on personal experience in the field of ABA; and (2) apply standards in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and six steps specified in the decision-making model to address ethical uncertainties in general and to solve ethical dilemmas in providing telehealth-based ABA service in particular. Supplemental materials will be provided in order to support participant learning.
Audience: Participants in this workshop should have some working knowledge of common ethical standards such as those specified in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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