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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W82
CE Offered: BACB/PSY/QABA — 
The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts: Bring Your Ethical Scenarios
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda L. Little, Ph.D.
AMANDA L. LITTLE (The University of Texas at Austin, The Meadows Center), NANETTE L. PERRIN (LifeShare Management Group)
Description: Certified behavior analysts, applicants, and even approved course sequences are now required to abide by the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (BACB, 2014). As of January 2016, this approved document became enforceable by the BACB. The Code gives us valuable guidance as practitioners in the world of behavior analysis. This workshop will actively engage participants in discussions surrounding their own ethical dilemmas that occur in the home, clinics, and within schools and other organizations. Addressing the real world ethical dilemmas during implementation of behavior analysis can be a challenging endeavor especially for new professionals (Bailey & Burch, 2011). This workshop will discuss the 10 codes/guidelines that comprise the new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (BACB, 2014). The instructors will quiz participants on their knowledge of each of the 10 guidelines, review each guideline, assist participants in identifying the appropriate ethical guideline related to their scenarios, and foster conversation around appropriate actions that could be taken. Bailey and Burch (2016) provide information in regards to these codes that will be shared with participants. A post quiz will also help review the workshop information.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) State the 10 guidelines/codes of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (BACB, 2014); (2) Accurately identify personal ethical dilemmas; (3) Accurately identify which guideline addresses the dilemmas; (4) Increase percentage of correct quiz questions related to ethics in behavior analysis.
Activities: Take pre/post quizzes regarding ethical behavior of behavior analysts Lecture on the 10 Guidelines/Codes in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2014) Lecture on Bailey and Burch (2011) viewpoints on ethical guidelines of behavior analysts Exercise to discuss participants' ethical examples Discussion on how to respond to ethical dilemmas that professionals in the field have encountered and shared with the group
Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts-Doctorate, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts, and Registered Behavior Technicians, or those training to be any of these who are seeking additional practice identifying and appropriately responding to ethical dilemmas they may face in their professional interactions with individuals/families, supervisors/supervisees, and other service providers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ethical practice, ethics, home/community



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