Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #44
CE Offered: BACB — 
Deja View All Over Again: Ethical Drift Continues
Saturday, May 27, 2023
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom D
Area: PCH/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Thomas L. Zane, Ph.D.
Chair: Thomas L. Zane (University of Kansas)
JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University)
YULEMA CRUZ (Rutgers University)
MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College)

The new "Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts," published by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, is the newest iteration of our ethical obligations as behavior analysts. As our ethical requirements grow and clarify, there continues to be ethical lapses amongst the professionals in our field. Ethical drift continues. This panel, comprised of four members of the ABA ethics hotline, will present several case studies of ethical dilemmas, and each panel member will talk through how s/he thinks about each case, discussing interpretations, possible actions, and eventual resolutions. This panel has presented at ABAI for the past several years and has been very well attended.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

There are no prerequisite skills - ethical behavior is required by all who practice in our field. We are targeting behavior analysts who work with humans and non-humans; ethics apply to all we do.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) make better discriminations between dilemmas that involve and do not involve unethical behavior; (2) orally describe the difference between coaching and disciplinary review consequences; ( (3) when given an ethical dilemma case, will be able to identify which section of the code it relates to, and possible approaches towards resolving it.
Keyword(s): drift, ethics, human rights, service delivery



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