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

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Panel #437
CE Offered: BACB
Providing ABA Services in Community-Based Settings: Common Practical and Ethical Issues and Considerations for Service Provision
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
602 (Convention Center)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Emily Huber Callahan, Ph.D.
Chair: Emily Huber Callahan (Institute for Child Development, Binghamton University)
SARA WHITE (Sendan Center)
ROSE F. EAGLE (The Children's Program)
KURT A. FREEMAN (Oregon Health & Science University)

Providing behaviorally based services can be a difficult process in any setting. Providing services in community-based settings provides its own unique challenges which can include working within established (often non-behavioral) systems, providing services within the confines of contracts (e.g., limitations on hours per week you can provide services, limitations on the number of sessions you can provide), and working with staff who have little to no background in basic behavioral principles. Each of these issues presents different practical and ethical considerations. The panel will discuss common issues encountered by individuals working community-based settings and how they have handled them. Emphasis will be placed on the use of ethical and professional guidelines in the decision-making processes for addressing such issues.

Keyword(s): Community-based services, Ethics, Professional Issues



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