Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #48
CE Offered: BACB
Thanatology and Applied Behavior Analysis: Ethical and Clinical Preparation for the Inevitable
Saturday, May 26, 2012
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
204 (TCC)
Area: PRA/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Theodore A. Hoch, Ed.D.
Chair: Theodore A. Hoch (George Mason University)
REBECCA MORSE (George Mason University)
STEPHEN LEDOUX (State University of New York at Canton)
JOSE A. MARTINEZ-DIAZ (Florida Institute of Technology)

Behavior analysts often work with medically fragile people, and these people sometimes die. Even seemingly healthy clients and students sometimes die. Family members of clients and students die, colleagues die, and each of us will die., Unique ethical and practical challenges are presented by the death of one's student or client, or of the family member with whom one has been working in the service of a client; or when one's colleague or colleague's loved one is terminally ill or dies; and certainly when a behavior analyst dies. This panel discussion will introduce some of these scenarios and issues, and will guide discussion such that participants will gain greater clarity as to ethical and practical actions to take with regard to death and the practice of applied behavior analysis.

Keyword(s): death, ethics, practice, thanatology



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