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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Panel #106
CE Offered: BACB — 
Behavior Analysts and Public Schools: Creating and Maintaining a Collaborative and Ethical Partnership
Saturday, May 29, 2021
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Selena J Layden, Ph.D.
Chair: Selena J Layden (Old Dominion University)
LAUREN MARIE VETERE (Virginia Commonwealth University)
DANIEL J. IRWIN (Virginia Department of Education)
HAYLEY FLYNN MULLINS (Campbell County Public Schools)
Abstract: Public school districts are recognizing the impact behavior analysts can have with students both with and without disabilities. Behavior analysts are serving in a broadening role within public schools, including individual and classroom service delivery, staff training, and systemic change initiatives. However, establishing and maintaining a collaborative and ethical partnership can be challenging. Schools often have limited knowledge regarding the skills of behavior analysts as well as our ethical code. This panel presentation will bring together behavior analysts who have a wide variety of experiences working in and with multiple public school districts to discuss strategies and considerations for successful collaboration as both a school district employee or a contracted behavior analyst. The discussion will focus on practical and ethical recommendations to foster an effective and long-term relationship that will benefit both the behavior analyst and the school district. The panelists will discuss considerations for guiding resolutions to ethical issues within the public school setting.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: BCBAs or BCBA-Ds who are currently or wish to practice in public school settings. Participants should have some experience within a public school setting and be fluent on the Professional and Ethics Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify at least 5 challenges to establishing and maintaining a collaborative partnership with public school districts based on the Professional and Ethics Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. 2. Describe at least 3 resolutions to issues identified in the presentation with support from the Professional and Ethics Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. 3. Formulate and describe at least 3 guiding considerations for resolving ethical challenges within a public school setting.
Keyword(s): Collaborative partnerships, Ethical practice, Public education, Public schools



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