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

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Panel #383
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethical Responsibilities of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Maintaining Professional Identity as an Interdisciplinary Team Member
Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2C
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jessica Franco, Ph.D.
Chair: Lupe Castaneda (Behavior Pathways, LLC)
JESSICA FRANCO (University of Texas at Austin)
BERENICE DE LA CRUZ (Autism Community Network)
MEGAN G. KUNZE (University of Oregon)
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long held a prominent role in evidence based practices for children with autism. Continued growth in numbers of professionals adapting and learning ABA practices, calls Board Certified Behavior Analysts to be ethically responsible for the fidelity of the analysis and science behind behavioral interventions. Ignoring this responsibility puts our field at further risk of scrutiny, misinterpretation and folklore. According to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts by the BACB (2014), “Behavior analysts have an obligation to the science of behavior and the profession of behavior analysis”. The panel will discuss: a) the ethical requirements posed to all certificates under this code of ethics, b) their unique experiences and ethical roles with interdisciplinary teaming in assessment, intervention services, university faculty, and supervision, and c) how the growing demand for certified practitioners may impact the future of ABA practices, other disciplines and our ethical responsibilities to our clients.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, collaboration, ethics, interdisciplinary



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