Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: BACB — 
Recognizing and Dealing With Everyday Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Presidio 2
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Richard B. Graff, Ph.D.
RICHARD B. GRAFF (May Institute)
Description: Behavior analytic practitioners encounter potential ethical dilemmas in the workplace on a regular basis. Some of these issues are fairly straightforward, and experienced BCBAs can deal with these situations fairly easily. However, on occasion, more difficult and complex ethical situations arise. Recognizing and dealing effectively with these situations is a critical skill that all behavior analysts must have. This presentation begins with a review of some common ethical dilemmas that can arise in the workplace. Then, we will review how to assess whether or not an issue rises to the level of being considered an ethical violation. We will review some strategies for evaluating the complexity of the situation, which may dictate if the behavior analyst has the ability to resolve the situation on their own, or if additional resources would be needed. We will also review the steps necessary to deal with a complex ethical dilemma. Finally, attendees will work in teams to develop potential solutions to hypothetical ethical dilemmas. Understanding how to recognize and deal with complex ethical issues will not only help you protect your clients, but will help to protect you as well.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to (1) describe at least five common ethical situations that can arise in the workplace; (2) describe one strategy for classifying the complexity of an ethical dilemma; (3) describe the steps necessary for effectively navigating a complex ethical dilemma.
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, and small group breakout
Audience: This workshop is designed for behavior analyst practitioners.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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