Those working within the field of applied behavior analysis encounter potential ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. While some challenges can be anticipated and appropriately addressed before they become unmanageable, oftentimes behavior analysts are confronted with unforeseen and novel situations that require immediate, yet careful attention. It is impossible to anticipate and plan for every eventuality. A Workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis presents over 85 real-world case scenarios commonly faced by individuals practicing applied behavior analysis. The examples range in difficulty and severity to address the unique challenges and needs of those teaching, practicing, or learning applied behavior analysis through ethics-focused coursework or preparing for the BACB® certification exam. In addition to case scenarios, the book provides detailed questions to facilitate discussion and critical thinking and offers suggestions related to the navigation of ethically precarious situations.
- Offers case scenarios addressing codes within the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB®) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts
- Presents detailed question prompts to facilitate discussion and critical thinking
- Offers suggestions on the navigation of ethical challenges
- Discusses how to assess risk and devise ethically-appropriate courses of action
- Provides the entirety of the BACB® ethics code for quick access and reference
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Section I: Background and Preparation for Analysis of Ethical Case Scenarios 1. A Brief Introduction to Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 2. Using this Workbook 3. Suggestions for Ethical Decision Making 4. Examples of Completed Case Scenarios
Section II: Ethical Case Scenarios 5. 1.0
Responsible Conduct of Behavior Analysts 6. 2.0
Behavior Analysts' Responsibility to Clients 7. 3.0
Assessing Behavior 8. 4.0
Behavior Analysts and the Behavior-Change Program 9. 5.0
Behavior Analysts as Supervisors 10. 6.0
Behavior Analysts' Ethical Responsibility to the Profession of Behavior Analysis 11. 7.0
Behavior Analysts' Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues 12. 8.0
Public Statements 13. 9.0
Behavior Analysts and Research 14. 10.0
Behavior Analysts' Ethical Responsibility to the BACB 15. Complex Scenarios Involving Multiple Codes
Dr. Darren Sush, Psy.D., BCBA-D is an Adjunct Professor within the Behavioral
Psychology program at Pepperdine University, and an Associate Professor within the Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Psychology programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, teaching doctoral and masters courses in ethics in applied behavior analysis and psychology. Dr. Sush is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst-doctoral, and has developed and participated in ABA-based services for children diagnosed with autism for over 15 years. He has presented at regional and national applied behavior analytic, and autism-focused conferences. Within his practice, he specializes in providing therapy for parents of children with autism and special needs, and writes with Psychology Today online, focusing on resources and mental health for parents of children with autism and special needs.
Najdowski, Adel C.
Adel Najdowski, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and Program Director of M.S. in Behavioral Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Najdowski has provided ABA-based services to children with autism for 20 years. Between 2005 and 2010, she led the development of Skills®, an online curriculum for children with autism. In 2014, Dr. Najdowski co-authored, Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. She has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in scientific texts, and articles in popular media. Dr. Najdowski has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and as a Guest Editor for a special issue in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her current research interests include teaching higher-order skills to children with autism and assessment and curriculum design for children with autism.