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Knowledge of ethical guidelines is an essential component when practicing as a BCBA or completing any form of behavior analytic services or consultations. Thomas Freeman reviews the history of ethical guidelines and codes in ABA, how they have changed, and comparisons between the current ethical guidelines and codes to the previous editions. Dr. Martinez-Diaz then reviews the newest addition to the code, element 10.0, and provides examples of violations within the newest code element.
“Trying to get behind the mere black and white . . . we can’t think in bumper stickers.” Bobby Newman, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
As laws change and technology progresses, the behaviors we engage in becoming more difficult to classify as either ethical or unethical. What may be legal in some states and not in others makes it difficult to follow certain ethical guidelines.
“You can develop a highly effective treatment that works beautifully in a well-controlled space, but if that intervention is not practical and is not something that people are willing to do, it simply will not be adopted.” Iser G. DeLeon, PhD, BCBA-D Abstract
An extension of Kennedy’s work was published seven years later in 1999, by James Carr and colleagues. Their paper assessed the frequency of social-validity measures reported in the first 31 years of JABA. They analyzed the difference in trends of reporting social validity for experiments that had highly controlled analog settings versus more naturalistic and dynamic settings. The reason for doing so harkens back to Kennedy’s comments about the difference between basic and applied research.
Many applied behavior analysts find themselves in a different world from that in which they were trained. Most are trained by other behavior analysts in programs or even departments where the principal worldview is that of behavior analysis. Fast forward a couple of years (or more) and many of those same people find themselves in multidisciplinary settings, working with people who not only have different specialty areas—for example, medicine, rehabilitation therapy, social work—but, more importantly, a totally different way of looking at problems, both conceptually and methodologically
Join Operant Innovations as we talk to Dr. Tamara Marder about the Post Masters Program at Johns Hopkins University and how they expanding the applications of behavior analysis to education and beyond.
Effective training is essential when taking on a supervisee. Training on client interactions, data collection, running preference, and prompting procedures are some examples of the necessary skills to teach your supervisees.
Practicing behavior analysts are tasked with sharing and promoting behavior analysis with others. We have an ethical responsibility to engage in the effort of promoting public awareness of our field. Dr. Newman really focuses on making sure you understand the reasoning behind the rules that we follow and not just the rules themselves.
Today we are joined by Kellie Kotwicki, MS, BCBA, LBA & Dr. Vicki Madaus Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA of Daemen College. If you have been looking for a program that can tailor to your every need, this is the program for you! With FOUR different options, Daemen College offers every option that a student of applied behavior analysis could need. As you listen you will hear the passion that these faculty members have for their program, colleagues, and students.
“Our overarching goal, as behavior analysts, is to teach people how to get the things they want, the things they value, more effectively while living fuller, more enriched lives—and to do so without ever having to hurt themselves or other people.” Thomas Freeman, MS, BCBA
Much like the bar exam covers the content a law student needs to know before entering the field of law, the BACB® Task List has long served as the guide to the knowledge and skills on which a student of behavior analysis will be tested before entering the field as a certified behavior analyst.