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M.Ed.Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): EDUABA6-Ethics and Professionalism

Course Description

In this course, students will develop in-depth, specialized and advanced knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the rights of individuals receiving behavioral intervention. Students will present complex matters and opinions using highly developed and advanced communication skills. Students will learn to evaluate ethical dilemmas, adhering to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (2014) in the professional practice of behavior analysis. Students will critically analyse various fundamental professional skills (eg., public speaking, interpersonal communication, and leadership), with reference to acceptable local, regional and global professional and cultural standards.

This verified course is one of the required courses designed to meet the coursework requirements for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification; additional requirements must be met for certification

Books

Course Resources

Week 1

Required readings:

Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Chapter 31. Ethics, pages 758-765


Recommended readings:
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 2. Core ethical principles
Chapter 3. Ethics and whitewater rafting
Chapter 5. Everyday ethical challenges for average citizens and behavior analysts.

Vollmer, T.R., Hagopian, L. P., Bailey, J. S., Dorsey, M. F., Hanley, G. P., Lennox, D., Riordan, M. M., & Spreat, S. (2011). The Association for Behavior Analysis International position statement on restraint and seclusion. The Behavior Analyst, 34, 103-110


Recommended podcasts:

The Behavioral Observations Podcast

Week 2

Required readings:

 

Week 3

Required reading:
Bannerman, D.J., Sheldon, J.B., Sherman, J.A. & Harchick, A.E. (1990). Balancing the right to habilitation with the right to personal liberties: the rights of people with developmental disabilities to eat too many doughnuts and take a nap. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 23, 79-89.


Recommended reading:
Singer, G. H., Gert, B., & Koegel, R. L. (1999). A moral framework for analyzing the controversy over aversive behavioral interventions for people with severe mental retardation. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 1(2), 88-100.

Week 4

Required readings:
Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (2017). Notice of alleged violation. Littleton, CO: Author.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (2018). A summary of ethics violations and code-enforcement activities: 2016-2017. Littleton, CO: Author.
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 4. Anlayzing complex ethics cases using a seven-step model.
Chapter 6. Responsible conduct of behavior analysts

Week 5

Required readings:

BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 7. Behavior analysts' responsibility to clients
Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Chapter 31. Ethics, pages 769-775

 

Week 6

Required reading:
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 8. Assessing behavior


Recommended reading:

Hastings, R. P., & Noone, S. J. (2005). Self-injurious behavior and functional analysis: Ethics and evidenceEducation and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 20, 335-342.

 

Week 7

Required reading:
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2010). 25 essential skills & strategies for the professional behavior analyst: Expert tips for maximizing consulting effectiveness. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 16. Conducting a risk-benefit analysis

Week 8

Required reading:
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 9. Behavior analysts and the behavior-change program

Week 9

Required reading:
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 11 Behavior analysts’ ethical responsibility to the profession of behavior analysis
Chapter 12 Behavior analyst’s ethical responsibility to colleagues
Chapter 15 Behavior Analysts’ ethical responsibility to the BACB

Week 10

Required readings:
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 13. Public statements
Chapter 10. Behavior analysts as supervisors
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
BACB (2016). Standards for supervision of BCaBAs. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/161216-standards-for-supervision-of-BCaBAs.pdf
Sellers, T. P., Alai-Rosales, S., MacDonald, R. P. F. (2016). Taking full responsibility: The ethics of supervision in behavior analytic practice. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9, 299-308.

Recommended:
Podcast: https://behavioralobservations.com/session-42-pat-friman-gives-public-speaking-tutorial/

Week 11

Required readings:
BACB (2014). Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/ethics/ethics-code/
Bailey, J. S. & Burch M. R. (2016). Ethics for behavior analysts, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 14. Behavior analysts and research

Recommended video:
Ineffective supervisors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtHTm9CJCtc

Week 12

Required readings:
Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2010). 25 essential skills & strategies for the professional behavior analyst: Expert tips for maximizing consulting effectiveness. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 8. Interpersonal communication
Chapter 11. Public speaking

 

Mancuso, C., & Miltenberger, R. (2016). Using habit reversal to decrease filled pauses in public speakingJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 188-192.

Spieler, C., & Miltenberger, R. (2017). Using awareness training to decrease nervous habits in public speaking. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 38-47.


Recommended:
Podcast: https://behavioralobservations.com/session-42-pat-friman-gives-public-speaking-tutorial/

Week 13

Required readings:
Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2010). 25 essential skills & strategies for the professional behavior analyst: Expert tips for maximizing consulting effectiveness. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 1. Business etiquette
Chapter 17. Time management the behavioural way

Week 14

Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2010). 25 essential skills & strategies for the professional behavior analyst: Expert tips for maximizing consulting effectiveness. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 9. Persuasion and influence
Chapter 12. Handlings difficult people

Recommended reading:
 

Barton, E.E., Kinder, K., Case, A.M., Artman, K.M. (2011). Finding your feedback fit: Strategies for designing and delivering performance feedback systems. Young Exceptional Children, 14(1), 29-46.

Petscher E. S., & Bailey J. S. (2006). Effects of training, prompting, and self-monitoring on staff behavior in a classroom for students with disabilitiesJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis39, 215–226.


Reid, D.H., Parsons, M.B., & Green C.W. (2012). The supervisor's guidebook: Evidence-based strategies for promoting work quality and enjoyment among human service staff. Morganton, NC: Habilitative Management Consultants, Incorporated.

Week 15

Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2010). 25 essential skills & strategies for the professional behavior analyst: Expert tips for maximizing consulting effectiveness. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chapter 2. Assertiveness
Chapter 16. Performance management
Chapter 3. Leadership

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