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

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Panel #322
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Hindsight’s 2020: Missteps, Mistakes, and Lessons Learned for the Future of Ethics in Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 30, 2021
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: PCH/TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Darren Sush, Psy.D.
Chair: Darren Sush (Cigna; Pepperdine University)
SARA GERSHFELD LITVAK (Behavioral Health Center of Excellence)
SHANE T. SPIKER (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.)
IVY M CHONG (May Institute)
Abstract: While the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is full of monumental accomplishments and noteworthy achievements, today’s behavior analysts must also acknowledge the ethical challenges that contributed to the shaping of our discipline. Just as we review the behaviors of our predecessors, with the benefit of hindsight and context, it is imperative that we continue to monitor our current practice and anticipate how the choices we make as a field will be viewed and interpreted by future behavior analysts 5-, 10- and 20-years from now. Panelists will discuss ethical dilemmas in relation to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2014), and what the behavior analysts of the future will learn from our successes and mistakes, with particular emphasis on the field’s response and reaction to the events surrounding COVID-19.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: The target audience is those currently practicing or conducting research in applied behavior analysis. Those who are teaching, or participating in graduate programs studying behavior analysis, particularly in the areas of ethics in ABA, will also benefit from this discussion.
Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will gain knowledge into understanding ethical challenges when they occur to reduce risk, as well as insight into identifying potential ethically precarious situations before they become problematic. 2. Attendees will become familiar with ethical challenges that contributed to the development and maintenance of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. 3. Attendees will gain insight into current ethical issues that are relevant to today's behavior analytic practices, and how these challenges may shape the future ethical practice of the field of ABA.
Keyword(s): "Ethics Code", "Ethics", BACB Code"



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