Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W70
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Navigating the Ethics of Service Delivery for Children With Autism and Their Families
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
604 (Convention Center)
Area: CSE/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Nanette L. Perrin, M.A.
NANETTE L. PERRIN (University of Kansas), AMANDA L. LITTLE (University of Texas at Austin)
Description: Why are ethics important? And if they are so important why is there not a clear path? The practice of behavior analysis is by its nature an interaction with individuals in many environments. This requires the implementation of services in an array of ways, while interacting with a variety of individuals. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board has clearly illustrated the importance of ethics in the implementation of ABA with individuals. First, they require ethical content in coursework as well as three credits of ethical content in continuing education for recertification. Beginning in 2015, the BACB will require 45 contact hours in a course devoted to ethical and professional development ( Addressing the real world ethical dilemmas during implementation of applied behavior analysis with families of children with autism can be a challenging endeavor, especially for new professionals. This workshop will involve the participants in active discussion surrounding real world examples of ethical dilemmas—both in home and center based, as well as while interacting with schools. Utilizing video examples, the instructors will guide the participants through identifying the appropriate ethical guidelines; there will also be discussion regarding the appropriate options and monitoring of their ethical compass.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify what ethical guidelines are and why they are important

Identify the BACB's 10 Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (

Identify the BACB ethics application

Accurately identify ethical dilemmas presented in video role plays

Accurately identify which guideline is addressed

Accurately identify appropriate responses to ethical dilemmas

Activities: Participants will review video scenarios and identify the ethical dilemmas and appropriate responses. Multiple scenarios involving in home, center based, school based, and community interactions will be presented. We will also review the applicable code of ethics and appropriate standards.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts seeking additional practice identifying and appropriately responding to ethical dilemmas they may face in their professional interactions with children and families.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, community, ethics, home



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