ethics in applied behavior analysis

In Unit 3, you learned that the code of ethics that you developed in your youth must be placed aside in order for you to adhere to the “Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.” Personal codes of ethics may work in day-to-day life, but you do not want the more relaxed personal codes to enter your professional life as a behavior analyst. You must learn the codes by which you are called to act and ensure that each situation you encounter as a behavior analyst is examined through the lens of the Code.

While the Code mainly focuses on your work with clients, it also covers your work with applied behavior analysis (ABA) colleagues, as well as non-behavior analytic professionals. Handling ethical dilemmas respectfully, and according to the Code, can get complicated in such situations. The Code requires you to monitor your colleagues’ ethical behaviors and, if need be, respectfully confront them with any concerns you may have. Also stressed in this unit is the importance of developing the ability to effectively communicate the Code in order to influence and persuade others.

  • Watch the Unit 3 Lecture. https://kapextmediassl-a.akamaihd.net/artsSCi/Media/PS225/PS225_1805A/DBLectures/PS225_Ethics_DB_3.mp4
  • (click here for transcripts) is attached below
  • Read the following scenario.

Setting the Scene:

Amy was a good friend and colleague. George attended graduate school with her and they were in many of the same applied behavior analysis (ABA) courses. Ironically, they both ended up working for the same company providing home-based ABA services to children ages 3 to 6. One day, George stopped off at a local delicatessen for dinner and overheard Amy talking about a client. She always had a booming voice, so it wasn’t difficult to “overhear” the conversation – and the name of the client she was discussing. George knew that the person she was speaking to was not employed at the company – and, of course, that wouldn’t have mattered anyway. This was clearly a breach of the client’s right to confidentiality.

Read the following:

Chapter 5 in Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3rd edition): “Everyday Ethical Challenges for Average Citizens and Behavior Analysts”

Chapter 5 discusses the importance of making the transition from your personal code of ethics to adherence to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB’s) “Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.” Real world scenarios are utilized to build understanding of how this code is applied in practice.

Chapter 17 in Ethics for Behavior Anahttps://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/BACB-Compliance-Code-english_190318.pdflysts (3rd edition): “Delivering the Ethics Message Effectively”

Chapter 17 presents arguments for the effective communication of the Code to others. In this argument, the authors suggest that the behavior analyst’s first responsibility is to know, understand, and live by the Code and the second is to effectively communicate the Code in order to persuade and influence others. Real world scenarios are utilized to build understanding of how this code is applied in practice.

Part 2 ************************

Identify the “What You Do” guidelines for approaching a fellow behavior analyst about a breach of the Code (found in Chapter 17). Then, in script format, illustrate the conversation George and Amy might have regarding her breach of her client’s right to confidentiality.

Guided Response Posts:

Assess your classmate’s script for adherence to the “What You Do” guidelines for approaching a fellow behavior analyst about a breach of the Code. Discuss areas of strength in your classmate’s “conversation” and areas that could stand improvement.

 

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