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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W101
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: Beyond the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code: An Approach to Ethical Reasoning in Applied Behaviour Analysis
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: PRA/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Elin Walker Jones, Ph.D.
ALEXANDER TOOGOOD (Bangor University), ELIN WALKER JONES (Bangor University), J. CARL HUGHES (Bangor University)
Description: We make decisions regarding the lives of those with whom we work on a regular basis. Most of these decisions have ethical elements, and we are required by our professional body, the BACB, to abide by our Professional and Ethical Code of Conduct (BACB, 2016) in all our professional activities. However, we cannot escape ourselves in this process, and Skinner's ideas regarding exploring the science of ethical conduct is an enduring concern. How do we ensure that we make decisions that are truly ethical? Who decides? Can we have a science of ethical reasoning? This workshop will briefly review the current BACB Professional and Ethical Code of Conduct, as well as Skinner's ideas regarding the development of a science of ethics. We will also discuss the philosophical underpinnings of modern ethical thinking, based on Seedhouse's ideas of ethics in healthcare. This workshop will explore the extent to which the Ethical Grid (Seedhouse, 2009) has utility in behaviour analysis. We will discuss cases.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the main components of the BACB Ethics code; (2) Use core concepts embedded in ethical thinking in discussion; (3) Verbally reflect on their own decision making strategies; (4) Use some of Seedhouse's constructs to verbally describe ethical decision making processes; (5) Estimate the value of the Ethical Grid (Seedhouse, 2009) to reason complex clinical ethical issues.
Activities: A balanced presentation of lectures, small group discussions, guided practice
Audience: Our target audience are qualified behaviour analysts seeking to obtain Ethics CEUs
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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