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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #477
CE Offered: BACB — 
Throwing Sand in the Sandbox: Potential Conflicts Between Ethical Codes in Multidisciplinary Work
Monday, May 25, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence F-H
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jodie Soracco, M.Ed.
Chair: Jodie Soracco (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROSE IOVANNONE (University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health)
CHRISTIAN SABEY (Brigham Young University)
KACI FLEETWOOD (University of Nevada, Reno)

Providing tiered positive behavioral supports for students often requires working with multidisciplinary teams (Brodhead, 2015). Multidisciplinary teams include individuals with a variety of professional identities, including board-certified behavior analysts, special/general educators, speech pathologists, school psychologists, counselors and more working collectively. Most of these professions have ethical codes or guidelines that practitioners are expected to adhere to and in some cases may conflict. The panel will discuss how individuals governed by differing and potentially conflicting ethical codes can work together to provide effective behavior supports for all students. We will examine different ethical codes across various disciplines on how they are alike, and where they might conflict. Several ethical dilemmas will be addressed by presenting scenarios often faced by professionals developing and implementing behavioral supports while talking through relevant ethical codes and contextual variables that ought to be considered. Issues such as scope of competence, certification and licensure, evidence-based practice, effective treatment, philosophical differences, coaching, and more will be discussed. A web-based polling platform will be used to solicit questions/scenarios from attendees. The panel will answer questions and discuss scenarios presented by the audience by addressing the relevant ethical issues and propose possible resolutions and encourage alternative solutions from attendees.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Individuals across disciplines that work in schools.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will consider how multidisciplinary teams with multiple theoretical perspectives and ethical codes may encounter conflicts between professions and ethical codes. 2. Attendees will work through possible resolutions to potential conflicts in a way that promotes stakeholder participation. 3. Attendees will understand how a PBIS approach that promotes flexibility with respect to scientific practices can help multidisciplinary teams achieve meaningful outcomes for all students and those who work closely with them.



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