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.


10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #34
Ethical Considerations for Practitioners for Client Onboarding and Treatment Failures
Sunday, September 29, 2019
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C2
Chair: Rachel Kristine Enright (Gateway Pediatric Therapy)
Practical and Ethical Considerations in the Client Onboarding Process
Area: AUT
Domain: Service Delivery
RACHEL KRISTINE ENRIGHT (Gateway Pediatric Therapy)
Abstract: Navigating the onboarding process for new, incoming clients can be a daunting part of any practitioner's operation. It is crucial that each company or practice develop early-on a referral screening process that is driven by ethical considerations as well as is guided by continual monitoring of metrics involving aspects of quality care. Prior to beginning the process for a new client to receive ABA therapy, practitioners will need to have a strong grasp of many different clinical resources, including the scope of competency available for front-line employees as well as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Additionally, logistical and Human Resource factors can often increase confusion through the fluctuation of the number of staff, staff availability, and location. These factors coupled with an increase in the overall number of families interested in receiving Applied Behavior Analysis therapy has resulted in practitioners needing to self-evaluate how to proceed forward with the development of clinically appropriate, accurate, and ethical onboarding systems. Using benchmarks such as clinical scope of competency, logistical considerations, and ethics code guidelines, this discussion can clarify for practitioners how to create, monitor, and evaluate systems to continuously determine if they can accept an incoming client for ongoing therapy services.
Detecting and Troubleshooting Treatment Failures: An Important Ethical Obligation for ABA Practitioners
Area: PCH
Domain: Service Delivery
RICHARD WAYNE FUQUA (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a multi-component process in which practitioners select, refine and deliver clinical services based on a) the best available scientific evidence, b) unique client and contextual features, c) training and competence of the practitioner, d) ongoing clinical progress monitoring and decision making and e) early detection and trouble-shooting of treatment “failures." In addition to providing an overview of EBP principles as applied to ABA practice, this presentationwill provide guidance on how to define and detect treatment failures. It will also provide a recommended checklist for ABA practitioners on how to trouble shoot treatment failures.



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