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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W40
CE Offered: BACB
More Case Studies in Ethics for Behavior Analysts.
Friday, May 23, 2008
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: R. M. (Duke) Schell, Ph.D.
R. M. (DUKE) SCHELL (J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center)
Description: Behavior analysts may believe that they are distanced from ethical issues because behavior analysis is a science-based approach. This workshop will use didactic instruction and small group interactions to review case studies of ethical dilemmas and their possible resolution in order to reinforce the everyday ethical behaviors of professionals that enhance habilitation and life quality of those served.
Learning Objectives: 1. The participants will be able to describe concepts of ethics as viewed by behavior analysts working in mental retardation and related disabilities. 2. They will be able to determine everyday situations in the case studies and behaviors of clinicians that can be viewed as ethical or unethical and also those behaviors that are less readily placed at either end of the continuum. 3. They will be able to review and analyze their behavior and the culture of their clinical settings to recognize where ethical issues may arise. 4. They will be able to use colleagues, written ethics materials, and other sources to resolve ethical issues.
Activities: Parts of the workshop will involve the presentation of information about ethics issues in behavior analysis. Most of the workshop will involve the review of actual or composite ethical dilemmas faced by behavior analysts in daily practice. Participants will be asked to work individually and in small groups to discuss actions that can be taken to resolve ethical issues.
Audience: Professional and para-professional clinicians, graduate students in psychology/behavior analysis/special education and others interested in discussing ethics issues in applied settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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