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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W85
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Ethical Considerations for Applied Behavior Analysts
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
603 (Convention Center)
Area: PRA/TPC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Tyra P. Sellers, Ph.D.
TYRA P. SELLERS (STE Consultants), MATTHEW T. BRODHEAD (Utah State University), KRISTEN KELLEY (Utah State University), JOY S. POLLARD (Utah State University), THOMAS S. HIGBEE (Utah State University)
Description: This workshop is designed to advance the understanding of ethical standards of the behavior analyst. We will review the ethical guidelines of the BACB and discuss scenarios related to common ethical dilemmas in a clinical practice. We will provide tools to develop supervisory systems for monitoring and maintaining ethical conduct. We will address training direct-line staff on maintaining the ethical standards of your organization. Finally we will cover the limits of scope of practice as well as address requests to integrate non-empirically based practices and procedures.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify a situation in which an individual has violated the BACB code of ethics and discuss various situations in dealing with that violation

Outline a simple ethics supervisory system to apply to their organization

Identify the six steps of behavioral systems analysis and how they can be applied to developing an ethics management system

Describe the three steps of performance-based instruction and how they can be applied to teaching ethical behavior

Develop strategies for dealing with ethical concerns when they arise during consultation or clinical services, such as addressing concerns with non-empirically based practices and procedure

Activities: The workshop will begin by reviewing the BACB code of ethics and having participants answer via response cards whether or not a specific code has been violated. Strategies for dealing with that violation will be discussed. Then, the basic principles of behavioral systems will be reviewed and applied to developing a system of ethics management in an organization. The basic foundation of performance-based instruction will be covered, and participants will practice developing strategies for teaching ethical behavior in their organization using performance-based instruction. Finally, we will cover ethical issues that often arise during clinical practice. The group will share common concerns and stories of their own experiences, and together, we will develop possible solutions to those problems.
Audience: The target audience includes MA or Ph.D. behavior analysts who work in clinical settings. Behavior analysts who run applied research settings may also be interested in this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): behavioral systems, clinical practice, ethics, service providers



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