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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W67
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Acting Out: Learning BACB Ethics Through Interactive Teams
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W182 (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: R. Wayne Fuqua, Ph.D.
JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University), R. WAYNE FUQUA (Western Michigan University)
Description: For a professional to behave in an ethical fashion, she or he needs at least three skill sets: (1) familiarity with the ethical standards that are pertinent to her or his profession (e.g, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts); (2) skills in evaluating everyday professional activities to determine whether they comply with or violate ethical guidelines; and (3) problem-solving and communication skills to tactfully confront and effectively resolve real-world ethical challenges. This workshop will focus on the second and third of these skill sets. Using a team learning approach and real-life examples provided by workshop attendees, participants will develop, rehearse, and receive coaching on strategies to confront and resolve ethical challenges that they encounter in their professional practice. Participants should be prepared to describe an ethical challenge that they have encountered and to do so in a manner that protects the identify of those involved in the ethical issue.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) use the BACB ethics guidelines to evaluate real-world ethical challenges and develop strategies to manage ethical challenges, (2) use communication strategies and other techniques to resolve ethical dilemmas, and (3) evaluate and use constructive feedback from workshop leaders and attendees.
Activities: Working in teams of five to six, participants will identify an ethical challenge and develop a brief skit that depicts a strategy to confront and resolve that ethical challenge. Workshop leaders and other attendees will offer constructive suggestions to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of their efforts to resolve ethical challenges.
Audience: This workshop is designed primarily for practitioners who have BACB credentials and wish to (1) hone their skills to tactfully and effectively resolve ethical challenges and (2) acquire CEUs in the ethics domain as required for BACB recertification. Others, including licensed psychologists, who are interested in acquiring competence in applying BACB ethical guidelines to real-world challenges and resolving ethical challenges in practice and research are also encouraged to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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