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 #439
PDS EVENT: Discussion on the Growth of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Need for Expanded Ethical Standards
Monday, May 26, 2014
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
W192a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Kelsey Owen (Florida State University)
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Endicott College)
KASSI J. VANDERPLOEG (Florida State University)

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis has seen dramatic growth over the past 15 years. There are now over 14,000 Board Certified Behavior Analysts and associate Behavior Analysts internationally, over 35 states with "autism mandate" insurance bills for ABA services billing by qualified behavior analysts, and at least 10 states with licensure for the practice of behavior analysis. It has become time to actively consider ethics on a broader scale. In 2012, ABAI re-formed an Ethics SIG for the promotion and development of ethics for the practice of behavior analysis. The BACB's "Guidelines for Responsible Conduct" have done much to provide a degree of consumer protection and set standards of practice; however these are suggested guidelines. This panel will explore issues regarding the practice of behavior analysis, the question of expanding ethical standards to be adopted by insurance companies and written into law for those states with licensure laws for the practice of Behavior Analysis, and potential ways to take these issues into consideration in the ethical marketing of behavior analysis.

Keyword(s): ethics, marketing, standards



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