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10th Annual Autism Conference; New Orleans, LA; 2016

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Ethical Issues in Assessment and Treatment in ABA Clinical Services
Monday, January 18, 2016
9:30 AM–12:30 PM
The Celestin Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D.
TIM COURTNEY (Little Star Center), LAURA MCKEE (Autism Home Support Services), ROBERT ROSS (BEACON Services), STEVEN WOOLF (BEACON Services), JENNIFER ZARCONE (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Description: In the first part of the workshop—Contracting With Insurance Companies to Provide ABA Services: Using the CPT Codes and Ethical Business and Clinical Practices—the presenters will discuss ethical issues related to the assessment and treatment process for individuals with problem behavior. Issues related to doing an analog functional analysis and the required training, managing self-injurious and/or aggression safely, and limitations and alternatives to conducting time intensive and complex assessments. The presenters will also discuss the legal and ethical implications of treatment of severe problem behavior with respect to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code and State Licensing laws. The second part of the workshop—Ethical Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior—will focus on how to use the new CPT codes correctly and ethically using current guidelines. In addition, the presenters will provide information on how to negotiate contracts that allow you to provide quality of services correctly and ethically.
Learning Objectives: After completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1)identify and understand billing codes and apply billing codes consistent with the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts; (2)list operational and practice considerations when negotiating contracts with payers; (3)use appropriate strategies to address common ethical challenges encountered by ABA practitioners.
Activities: Instruction, discussion, Q and A
Audience: Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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