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Sixth Annual Autism Conference; Philadelphia, PA; 2012

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Invited Paper Session #23
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Ethical Considerations in Behavior Analytic Treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sunday, January 29, 2012
9:15 AM–10:15 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Kennon A. Lattal, Ph.D.
KENNON A. LATTAL (West Virginia University)
Andy Lattal (Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1969) is Centennial Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University, where he has taught since 1972. His professional activities include service as editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior; associate editor of English language submissions to the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis; editorial board member of seven behavioral journals; and president of ABAI, the Division for Behavior Analysis of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is a recipient of West Virginia University’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and its Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award. He has mentored 36 Ph.D. students at West Virginia and is the author of 120 refereed publications on many different topics, both basic and applied, within behavior analysis.

This presentation first will review how ethical behavior is viewed from a behavior analytic perspective, outlining unique features as well as those that overlap with other views on ethics. The review also will include the potential impact on ethical behavior of some general topics of concern to behavior analysts, such as values and value clarification, long- and short-term consequences of actions, the role of rules and contingencies in ethical behavior, behavioral control and counter-control, and the context in which actions occur. This will be followed by a review of how selected specific methods used in assessment and intervention and contemporary research findings in both the experimental analysis of behavior and in applied behavior analysis might influence ethical decisions and practices related to autism spectrum disorders.

Target Audience:

Certified behavior analysts, behavioral consultants, behavioral therapists, clinicians, educational consultants, psychologists, special education teachers, and individuals working with children with autism or other developmental delays.

Learning Objectives: forthcoming



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