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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Workshop #W22
CE Offered: BACB — 
Beyond the Black and White: Ethics in Human Services
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ann B Beirne, M.A.
ANN B BEIRNE (Proud Moments)
Description: The field of behavior analysis continues to grow in response to the need for high-quality services, as does the need for training in responsible practice. In a world that grows increasingly morally complex, how can behavior analysts maintain a high standard of ethics and what does “ethical responsibility” mean? In this live, in person workshop, we describe the expectations of ethical practice in behavior analysis and address the challenges of maintaining high standards for ethical behavior in a world where the “right” answers to our ethical questions may be elusive. Drawing upon over 20 years of clinical experience around the world, this workshop will encourage you to ask better questions rather than looking for simple answers. We’ll discuss: “Levels of goodness”: what does “goodness” really mean? Relative and absolute ethics, and when the use of each is appropriate Professionalism as an objectively defined response class: how to engage in it and how to recognize it in others How to engage in ethical practice with colleagues and families.
Learning Objectives: Identify “levels of goodness” Define relative and absolute ethics The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code® as task analysis Describe the case for absolutism Describe the case for relativism Identify challenges of ethical practice with clients and families Identify ways to meet and overcome these challenges Identify challenges of ethical practices as individuals and with colleagues
Activities: Lecture Discussion Active student responding
Audience: BCBAs and BCaBAs
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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