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Many other helping professions focus on improving the lives of the clients they serve. The field of behavior analysis differs from these other fields in several fundamental ways. First, behavior analysis is not only grounded in science but goes further by implementing only “evidence-based" treatment methods. Behavior analysis is also applicable to many different types of clients, from low-functioning individuals with developmental disabilities to CEOs, from children to adults, from young to old. Behavior analysis is also a science that is utilized beyond the laboratory walls. Due to the nature of the field, it is imperative that the implementation of strategies occur in the environment where the behavior is occurring. Lastly, while the trained behavior analyst conducts the assessment of behavior and ultimately develops the behavior treatment plan, it is often implemented on a daily basis by less trained professionals.
Because of these unique features, it is essential that the field has a guiding list of ethical standards that must be upheld by all professionals. Currently, behavior analysts work in a variety of settings, from clinics and schools to workplaces. An even greater increase in the visibility of the behavior analyst has occurred in the field of autism. The challenge of combining the science of behavior analysis with the needs of individuals with autism is often a daunting task. Since their practice may involve the use of reinforcement, aversive stimuli or punishment, they confront many special ethical challenges. On a daily basis, the behavior analyst must make difficult decisions regarding appropriate treatment options. Recently, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board developed a set of 10 fundamental ethical guidelines to be followed by all behavior analysts. These guidelines enable practicing behavior analysts to make the best choices in every situation.
This panel discussion will explain the purpose of each of the 10 guidelines. Real-life scenarios highlighting these guidelines will then be presented to members of the panel for comment and discussion. Participants in the workshop will also have an opportunity to comment on the scenarios.
Content Area: Behavior
Anne S. Holmes, M.S., CCC, BCBA
Chief Clinical Officer
Eden Autism Services
Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA
President Nina Finkler Autism Consulting, LLC
Nina Finkler Autism Consulting, LLC
James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D
JB Autism Consulting