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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Symposium #373
CE Offered: BACB
An Analysis of Practice Changes Following the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts
Monday, May 25, 2015
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
213AB (CC)
Area: PRA/TBA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Deirdre Lee Fitzgerald (University of Saint Joseph)
CE Instructor: Deirdre Lee Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Abstract: As the field of Behavior Analysis evolves, our practice codes and guidelines have similarly undergone transformations in specificity, rigor, precision, and scope. The 2016 implementation of the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts will have widespread impacts for certificants, preparations and training programs, and practice sites. An analysis of needed changes in these applied domains will be presented. Specific attention to needed changes to content required to move from the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts and the Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards to the new compliance code will be outlined. Methods of integrating the new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts into graduate curricula will be identified with suggestions for instructional designers and program evaluators. Finally, applications of the new code to daily practice by certificants, supervisees, and individuals preparing for certification will be presented with a focus on activities and assessments that will address competency.
Keyword(s): Compliance Code, Ethics, Graduate Training, Practice Standards
Components of the New Professional and Ethical Compliance Code that May Change your Practice
DEIRDRE LEE FITZGERALD (University of Saint Joseph)
Abstract: A comprehensive look at the professional practice of Behavior Analysis from actively involved practitioners along with extensive data from certificants have driven changes in the standards of practice for Behavior Analysts. These changes bring clarity and coordination to the various rules of our profession and allow for the address of issues across constituencies that are important to us. An analysis of components of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and implications for practice changes that they may produce will be discussed. Ways to integrate these elements into training of new practitioners and the practice or current certificants will be addressed.
Embedding the New Ethics in the Graduate Curriculum Effectively
Michael F. Dorsey (Endicott College), MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC )
Abstract: Over the past several months, a number of changes have occurred in the evolution of the ethical codes governing the profession of Applied Behavior Analysis. In particular, in a special issue of their newsletter, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board recently announced the 2016 implementation of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, which will replace the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. In addition, there are now over 20 states with licensing laws governing the profession of Behavior Analysis, some based in part or in whole on the BACB standards, while others have extended the BACB standards or promulgated regulatory standards idiosyncratic to their respective states. Incorporating this diverse body of knowledge, especially with the advent of on-line graduate programs serving students residing outside of the state/country in which the institution of higher education is located, is critical to the future success of students. The goal of this presentation will be to review these new standards, including suggestions of how to best incorporate the information onto a successful curricula.
Current Issues and Approaches to Certification Exam Preparation for the Revised BACB Ethical Standards
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC )
Abstract: The BACB recently posted a revised Ethical Standards document in September, 2014 that will go into effect as of January, 2016. As of this year’s ABAI conference, BACB certification candidates must complete Task List 4 course requirements, requiring changes in exam preparation assistance and products provided to these candidates. Some major changes in the ethical standards have been made and to that end, efforts have been made to incorporate these into the exam preparation materials and ensuring an understanding of these, as well as competence as behavior analyst practitioners. Revisions and methods for exam review and ensuring competence as practitioners will be presented along with strategies for assisting those who are preparing to take the exam to increase chances of successfully passing the first time. Current efforts to work with university programs to enhance exam preparation and study will be addressed as a component of providing exam preparation services.



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