Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W17
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethical Pragmatism: Skinner's Ethics of Helping People
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Montreux 3
Area: PCH/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Guy S. Bruce, Ed.D.
GUY S. BRUCE (Appealing Solutions, LLC), EDWARD M. FRAMER (Health Fitness Corporation, Inc.)
Description: Skinner's "ethical pragmatism" asks "What outcomes are in the best long-term interest of the client?" Once those outcomes have been identified, the next question is "What explanations and procedures will be the most useful in helping the client achieve those outcomes?" Although legal, statutory, and regulatory rules can be useful, the practitioner's first duty is always to act in the best long-term interest of the client. This workshop will provide a practical procedure for solving ethical problems, always with the goal of identifying and acting in the client's best interest.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe Skinner's ethical pragmatism as an ethical problem-solving procedure. (2) Describe ethical dogmatism and contrast it with ethical pragmatism. (3) Solve ethical problems using Skinner's ethical pragmatism procedure.
Activities: Activities will include lecture, discussion, small group breakouts and targeted reading. Case studies of ethical problems will be provided for participant practice along with a problem-solving procedure based on Skinner's ethical pragmatism.
Audience: Practitioners of behavior analysis
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Ethics, Pragmatism, Skinner



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