Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W43
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
EthicsLab 2012: Navigating Complex Ethical Dilemmas
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
310 (Convention Center)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University at Panama City), MARY R. BURCH (BaileyBurch Workshops)
Description: This EthicsLab workshop is designed to be primarily a problem solving session for BCBAs and BCaBAs who work in applied settings. The goal is to work through a series of scenarios brought by participants and provided by the instructors for practice in applying the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. We will start by outlining a new dimension of ethical dilemmas we call "complexity." This model involves analyzing the potential outcomes of the scenario in terms of risk to the client and the behavior analyst. In addition, we present a model for understanding factors that make the solution to the problem challenging for the behavior analyst. These range from simple solutions that any behavior analyst can implement to multi-step solutions involving other parties and other agencies. We also describe certain political and legal circumstances that can make some ethical challenges nearly impossible to solve without someone getting hurt.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Describe and give examples of risk and complexity in ethics cases

Discuss alternative solutions for three cases

Describe the challenges of producing ethical solutions for complex cases

Use the BACB guidelines to determine ethical solutions for three cases

Outline the major factors that pose a risk to the behavior analyst if the case is not resolved properly

Activities: Participants will learn to write ethics scenarios in a way that allows them to be de-constructed and analyzed. They will work in small groups to present their case and receive feedback from colleagues.
Audience: This workshop is designed for behavior analysts who have been actively engaged in developing solutions for ethics dilemmas for at least 5 years. In addition, we welcome those who teach ethics courses in ABA graduate programs. Attendees are encouraged to bring to the workshop any difficult cases that they are struggling with as well as those where they have found success. We assume attendees are well acquainted with the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct and encourage them to bring a copy of the guidelines to the workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): ethics, complexity



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