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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Panel #148
CE Offered: BACB
PDS EVENT: Running a Behavior Analytic Business: Some Ethical Considerations
Sunday, May 25, 2014
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
W185a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Megan Miller, M.S.
Chair: Andrew Bulla (Western Michigan University)
MEGAN MILLER (Navigation Behavioral Consulting)
ADAM E. VENTURA (World Evolve, Inc.)
JESSICA S. BENSIMON (Navigation Behavioral Consulting)

Behavior analysts often go on to open businesses that provide behavior analytic services to a variety of populations. Many times, this puts the behavior analyst in the unique position of business owner in addition to service provider. Several ethical issues may arise when put in this situation over the course of business operations. Panelists will discuss these key ethical issues with several examples highlighted throughout. Behavior analysts will discuss past experience with opening their own business as well as their thoughts on the process. Additionally, information will be shared from the perspective of a newly certified practitioner about what to look for in a potential employment site, what are some things to do to avoid being taken advantage of, and advice for newly certified practitioners navigating the sea of employment opportunities. The panel will conclude with the opportunity for audience members to ask questions regarding topics that were discussed, as well as related topics.

Keyword(s): Behavior Analysis, Ethics, Private Practice



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