Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #278
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethics of Effective Dissemination and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
Sunday, May 24, 2020
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty N-P
Area: CSS/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Erin S. Leif, Ph.D.
Chair: Erin S. Leif (Monash University )
JOSE MOLINA (Irabina Autism Services)
KRISTIN E. BAYLEY (To The Moon & Back; Griffith University)
LISA KEMMERER (STAR Autism Support Inc.)

Applied Behaviour Analysis is rapidly gaining recognition in Australia as a result of new university training programs and the increased demand for behavioural supports in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. A transdisciplinary approach is central to contemporary disability services, healthcare and educational policy in Australia, and there is an increased national movement towards the delivery of services for people with disability through transdisciplinary teams. For behaviour analysts to effectively disseminate applied behaviour analysis in Australia, they must learn to work effectively with team members from allied health and education disciplines. However, integrated and collaborative work across disciplines may be challenging, particularly when team members possess different knowledge and technical skills. This may result in ethically complex situations. In this session, a clinical psychologist, speech and language pathologist, and board certified behaviour analyst will discuss how they work as members of transdisciplinary teams when delivering applied behaviour analysis services in Australia. Each will present an ethically complex situation that they have encountered, and how they resolved it. Throughout the discussion, we will highlight how the inter-professional aspects of ethical decision-making may lead to both better teamwork and potentially improved client outcomes in diverse settings.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

BCBAs, BCaBAs, Allied Health Professionals, Teachers, School Leaders

Learning Objectives: 1.) Participants will describe opportunities and challenges for effective and ethical dissemination of behaviour analysis outside of the United States 2.) Participants will describe ethically complex situations that may arise in the context of cross-disciplinary collaboration, and potential solutions 3.) Participants will describe the inter-professional aspects of ethical decision-making
Keyword(s): Dissemination, Ethics, Staff training, Trans-disciplinary



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