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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Panel #103
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethics
Diversity submission Freedom or Exploitation: The Integration of Behavior Analysis in a Capitalistic System
Saturday, May 29, 2021
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Online
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Joshua Garner, Ph.D.
Chair: Adam Peal (The Behavioral Education Research Initiative )
DON TOGADE (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; George Brown College, Toronto, Canada)
JENNIFER KLAPATCH TOTSCH (Envision Unlimited)
JOSHUA GARNER (Behavioral Education Research Initiative)
Abstract:

The concept of freedom is analyzed in reference to the negative consequences of a capitalist system. Specifically, the contingencies that interfere with clinical and educational quality will be addressed. These contingencies include the exploitation of the labor force by private equity firms and universities, as well as the restrictions of for-profit health insurance. Each contingency highlighted may seem like a system in which we are free to behave as clinicians or educators. However, we hope to point out the restrictive and arguably unethical contingencies that capitalism produces, as these contingencies interfere with our ability to provide high-quality services. Furthermore, we provide solutions to these issues as well as the challenges we will likely encounter in pursuit of changing the system.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This content is intermediate to advanced. The prerequisite skills should include knowing the BCBA codes of ethics as well as an understanding of meta-contingencies.

Learning Objectives: Objective 1: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to define capitalism and exploitation. Objective 2: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to apply various forms of exploitation to the labor of professors, BCBAs, and RBTs. Objective 3: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to define freedom based on Skinner, Goldiamond, Baum, and Marx. Objective 4: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to engage in philosophical doubt regarding the nature of capitalism and their own work place, particularly the contingencies that interfere with their ability to provide high quality services. Objective 5: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to define solutions to these issues.
Keyword(s): ABA, Capitalism, Freedom, Theory
 

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