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1 Chapter 12 The Behavior Analysts Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis Jim Grochowski Caldwell College

2 Overview Introduction Guidelines Similar guidelines in related fields SummaryQuestionsReferences

3 Introduction Behavior Analysis is growing rapidly as aBehavior Analysis is growing rapidly as a profession but… profession but… It is still a small field when compared with some other related areas It is still a small field when compared with some other related areas Most Americans are not familiar with Behavior Analysis Most Americans are not familiar with Behavior Analysis Unethical behavior of a small number of individuals can reflect poorly on the entire field Unethical behavior of a small number of individuals can reflect poorly on the entire field Need for high standard of ethical behavior Need for high standard of ethical behavior (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

4 The Behavior Analysts Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis (7.0) The Behavior Analysts Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis (7.0) The behavior analyst has a responsibility to support the values of the field, to disseminate knowledge to the public, to be familiar with these guidelines, and to discourage misrepresentation by non- certified individuals. (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

5 The Behavior Analysts Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis (7.0) The Behavior Analysts Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis (7.0) In addition to following ethical guidelines, ethical behavior analysts must preserve and enhance the reputation of behavior analysis In addition to following ethical guidelines, ethical behavior analysts must preserve and enhance the reputation of behavior analysis Promote findings and methodology to the public Promote findings and methodology to the public Occasionally review ethical guidelines Occasionally review ethical guidelines Remind colleagues of the basic values when necessary Remind colleagues of the basic values when necessary Monitor others to discourage them from misrepresenting themselves as board certified if they are not Monitor others to discourage them from misrepresenting themselves as board certified if they are not (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

6 Affirming Principles (7.01) Affirming Principles (7.01) The behavior analyst upholds and advances the values, ethics, principles, and mission of the field of behavior analysis. Participation in both state and national or international behavior analysis organizations is strongly encouraged. (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

7 Affirming Principles (7.01) Obligation to speak out on behalf of the field Obligation to speak out on behalf of the field Obligation to support the values of the field Obligation to support the values of the field Include honesty, integrity, fairness, and the search for basic principles of behavior that may help improve the human condition Include honesty, integrity, fairness, and the search for basic principles of behavior that may help improve the human condition (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

8 Affirming Principles (7.01) Participate in organizations at state, national and international levels (NJ ABA, ABAI, APBA) Participate in organizations at state, national and international levels (NJ ABA, ABAI, APBA) Attend conferences as they offer the opportunity to… Attend conferences as they offer the opportunity to… -meet leading experts in the field -meet leading experts in the field -improve technical skills -improve technical skills -increase understanding of new services -increase understanding of new services that may assist in programing for clients that may assist in programing for clients (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

9 Disseminating Behavior Analysis (7.02) Disseminating Behavior Analysis (7.02) The behavior analyst assists the profession in making behavior analysis methodology available to the general public. (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

10 Disseminating Behavior Analysis (7.02) May educate the general public about our profession by… May educate the general public about our profession by… -speaking at local civics groups -speaking at local civics groups -writing to an editor to correct misinformation -writing to an editor to correct misinformation about behavior analysis about behavior analysis -providing workshops -providing workshops LHSM&feature=youtube_gdata_player LHSM&feature=youtube_gdata_player (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

11 Disseminating Behavior Analysis (7.02) What are some other ways to disseminate information to the general public?

12 Being Familiar with These Guidelines (7.03) Being Familiar with These Guidelines (7.03) Behavior analysts have an obligation to be familiar with these Guidelines, other applicable ethics codes, and their application to behavior analysts work. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of a conduct standard is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct. (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

13 Being Familiar with these Guidelines (7.03) The guidelines assist behavior analysts with their The guidelines assist behavior analysts with their professional conduct professional conduct Must be familiar with these guidelines as well as Must be familiar with these guidelines as well as other relevant ethics codes other relevant ethics codes Ignorance of ethical codes is not an excuse for Ignorance of ethical codes is not an excuse for unethical behavior unethical behavior (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

14 Discouraging Misrepresentation by Non-Certified Individuals (7.04) Behavior analysts discourage non- certified practitioners from misrepresenting that they are certified. (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

15 Discourage Misrepresentation by Noncertified Individuals (7.04) Pertains to those representing themselves as Pertains to those representing themselves as Board Certified when they are not Board Certified when they are not Discourage is not operationally defined Discourage is not operationally defined Suggestions include… Suggestions include… -Referring to the guidelines to dissuade the -Referring to the guidelines to dissuade the individual individual -Contacting the BACB -Contacting the BACB -Contacting the Association of Behavior Analysis -Contacting the Association of Behavior Analysis -Contacting state/ local association (NJ ABA) for -Contacting state/ local association (NJ ABA) for assistance assistance (Bailey % Burch, 2011)

16 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields BACB APAArt Therapy OTPTASHANEA Affirming Principles (7.01) Disseminating Behavior Analysis ( 7.02) Being Familiar With these Guidelines ( 7.03) Discouraging Misrepresentation By Noncertified Individuals (7.04)

17 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields American Psychological Association (APA)American Psychological Association (APA) Standard 2: CompetenceStandard 2: Competence 2.03 Maintaining Competence Psychologists undertake ongoing efforts to develop and maintain their competence Maintaining Competence Psychologists undertake ongoing efforts to develop and maintain their competence.

18 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields Art TherapyArt Therapy 9.0 RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PROFESSION9.0 RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PROFESSION Art therapists respect the rights and responsibilities of professional colleagues and participate in activities that advance the goals of art therapy.

19 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields Occupational Therapy (OT) Principle 1.Principle 1. Occupational therapy personnel shall demonstrate a concern for the well- being and safety of the recipients of their services. N. Take responsibility for promoting and practicing occupational therapy on the basis of current knowledge and research and for further developing the professions body of knowledge. N. Take responsibility for promoting and practicing occupational therapy on the basis of current knowledge and research and for further developing the professions body of knowledge. Principle 5.Principle 5. Occupational therapy personnel shall comply with institutional rules, local, state, federal, and international laws and AOTA documents applicable to the profession of occupational therapy.

20 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields Physical Therapy (PT) Principle #6:Principle #6: Physical therapists shall enhance their expertise through the lifelong acquisition and refinement of knowledge, skills, abilities, and professional behaviors. 6A. Physical therapists shall achieve and maintain professional competence. 6A. Physical therapists shall achieve and maintain professional competence.

21 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Principle of Ethics IIPrinciple of Ethics II Individuals shall honor their responsibility to achieve and maintain the highest level of professional competence and performance. c. Individuals shall engage in lifelong learning to maintain and enhance professional competence and performance. c. Individuals shall engage in lifelong learning to maintain and enhance professional competence and performance. Principle of Ethics IIIPrinciple of Ethics III Individuals shall honor their responsibility to the public by promoting public understanding of the professions, by supporting the development of services designed to fulfill the unmet needs of the public, and by providing accurate information in all communications involving any aspect of the professions, including the dissemination of research findings and scholarly activities, and the promotion, marketing, and advertising of products and services.

22 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Principle of Ethics IVPrinciple of Ethics IV Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students, and members of other professions and disciplines A. Individuals shall uphold the dignity and autonomy of the professions, maintain harmonious interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships, and accept the professions' self-imposed standards A. Individuals shall uphold the dignity and autonomy of the professions, maintain harmonious interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships, and accept the professions' self-imposed standards

23 Similar Ethical Codes in Related Fields National Education Association (NEA) PRINCIPLE II Commitment to the Profession The education profession is vested by the public with a trust and responsibility requiring the highest ideals of professional service. In fulfillment of the obligation to the profession, the educator 3. Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute. 5. Shall not assist a noneducator in the unauthorized practice of teaching.

24 Summary The ethical behavior analyst should… participate in organizations and attend conferences participate in organizations and attend conferences disseminate information on behavior analysis disseminate information on behavior analysis be familiar with the ethical guidelines as well as ethical guidelines of relevant fields be familiar with the ethical guidelines as well as ethical guidelines of relevant fields Discourage noncertified practitioners form misrepresenting that they are certified Discourage noncertified practitioners form misrepresenting that they are certified

25 Questions

26 Thank You

27 References American Art Therapy Association. Ethical Principles for Art Therapists. American Occupational Therapy Association. Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards. Ethics and Ethics Standards. /39880.aspx /39880.aspx American Physical Therapy Association. Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist. Therapist. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Code of Ethics. American Psychological Association. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct. Bailey, J.S., & Burch, M.R., (2011). Ethics for behavior analysts (2 nd Expanded Edition). Routledge. Edition). Routledge. National Education Association. Code of Ethics. Youtube: LHSM&feature=youtube_gdata_player LHSM&feature=youtube_gdata_player LHSM&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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