Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: BACB — 
Not the Same Old Ethics Talk
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom H
Area: PRA/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Cheryl J. Davis, Ph.D.
MARY ROSSWURM (LittleStar ABA Therapy), CHERYL J. DAVIS (7 Dimensions Consulting; SupervisorABA), MEGAN MILLER (Navigation Behavioral Consulting)
Description: Ethics, values and morals: these words have become synonymous and frequently overused in today's world and our profession. While most BCBAs know the code and feel they would make the correct decision in the face of an ethical dilemma, research has shown that most wouldn't if doing so would put them at a disadvantage. This workshop will distinguish the differences between ethics, values, character, morals and virtues and explore how they fit into the social contract that we all live in. We will briefly look at the teachings of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and the roots of Western ethics and how children develop morals. We will explore how ethical decision making is a task we are faced with many times each day, but personal ethics vary so widely from person to person (think extra marital affairs, lying on personal tax forms, driving while intoxicated, just to name a few), yet many professionals are expected to follow and live by strict ethical codes in their business life. How does one balance this paradox? We will explore a doomsday theory of decision making and talk about some interesting literature on ethics from the business and leadership journals, which is very pertinent to our field. We will chat briefly about ethical dilemmas going on in the world around us and why so much attention has been given to ethics over the past seven to 10 years. This workshop takes a deep dive into ethics, explores why living by the code is so important for our field and the people we serve and shares strategies to help participants make the best decision the next time they are faced with a difficult issue. It is assumed that the attendee is already very familiar with the BACBs Professional and Ethical Compliance Code.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Define and differentiate ethics, values, character, morals and virtues; (2) Work through a "doomsday" process of decision making when faced with an ethical dilemma in order to calculate as many outcomes as possible; (3) Recognize the paradox between personal and professional ethics; (4) Recall appropriate strategies to assist in making the best decision when faced with a difficult issue.
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, small group breakout, and videos.Supplemental materials of concepts presented will be provided in order to support participant learning and use after workshop is over.
Audience: Basic
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): ethics, morals, The Code, values



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