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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #238
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysts Behaving Beautifully (And Others Not So Much)
Sunday, May 24, 2015
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
002A (CC)
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Thomas L. Zane, Ph.D.
Chair: Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University)
MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College)
THOMAS L. ZANE (Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College)
JUSTIN B. LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation)

Behavior analysts historically been committed to science and the scientific procedure for studying human behavior. The major behavioral organizations, ABAI and BACB, have set forth standards of conduct that require behavior analysts to use effective treatment procedures. The BACB's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct specifically state that behavior analysts must use scientifically supported most effective treatments. However, there are a number of BCBAs who have been found using practices that are pseudoscientific or fads. This symposium will address this concern by reviewing criteria for evidence to which behavior analysts should adhere, providing examples of behaviorists behaving beautifully, and behaviorists behaving not so well, and offering strategies to convince these behavior analysts to once again behave according to our scientific principles, or how to deal with such transgressions.




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