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 #W96
CE Offered: BACB/PSY/QABA — 
How to Engage in Ethical Practice When One's Supervisor or Agency is Unethical
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ken Winn, M.S.
TERESA CAMILLE KOLU (Cusp Emergence), KEN WINN (Firefly Autism)
Description: This workshop was created due to many prevalent, alarming, and real life student-generated scenarios provided to the author and instructor during a certification-board approved online course sequence in behavior analysis. The growth in online programs reflects an influx of non-behavior analysts to the field hired, in many cases, faster than certification (and training) programs can keep up. In the wake of fluctuating funding streams and new legislation, how can the community of behavior analysts plan to protect against ethical drift and prepare for new challenges? In order to explore this growing concern, we will explore several case studies from the past 5 years of practice in diverse settings in Colorado, a state relatively new to behavior analysis and to insurance-mandated behavior analysis. Case studies and sets of potential solutions will be presented from at least three distinct practice contexts: Instructing new behavior analysis students with varying previous experiences and advanced degrees; supervision in a hospital setting for psychologist-led teams new to behavior analysis; and community behavior analysis settings supporting learners with autism, developmental disabilities, or needs addressed by state-reimbursed early intervention programs. Some implications are discussed for each area of practice, ending with a call to action.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Discuss rule-governed and contingency shaped examples of code application; (2) Identify features of behavioral environments fostering ethical behavior under optimal (best-case) conditions; (3) Identify discrepancies in resources between best-case and worst-case environments; (4) Tact ways to alter aspects of a behavioral environment contributing to working in long-term worst case scenarios; (5)Identify and generate examples of emergency situations given your client population and behavioral environment; (6) Generate potential solutions (identify connections between situational emergencies or barriers to ethical behavior, and changes in behavioral environments that reduce likelihood of similar future emergency situations); (7)Discuss how to apply ethical, code-complimentary behavior to situations that go beyond common ethics texts.
Activities: Objectives of the workshop will be met through a balance of lecture, small group breakouts, group discussion, and active student responding
Audience: This workshop is intended for new practitioners as well as behavior analysts with many years of experience. Ethical behavior in practice can be a "slippery slope" and practitioners from every level might find this beneficial
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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