Alternative Ethical Considerations for Behavior Analysts

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This presentation was filmed at the 2021 Ethics in Professional Practice Conference at Endicott College

About the presentation: 

This presentation will focus on an examination of the current status of the field of behavior analysis as it relates to the infusion of cultural humility in the graduate coursework, supervision, and fieldwork of future behavior analysts.  Furthermore, a dialogue around developing an ethical, The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) has published new ethical guidelines for behavior analysts. This talk will question whether sufficient guidelines are provided for skill building questions and if they are equivalent to ethical considerations regarding behavior reduction/replacement strategies. We will review how business practice guidelines may influence ethical discussions. We also will review how a Buddhist perspective may influence ethical choices within behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

1. Distinguish ethical issues related to skill building versus response reduction/replacement.

2. Describe how business practice issues may influence ethical discussions.

3. Describe how a Buddhist perspective may challenge absolutist ethical guidelines

About the presenter:

Andy Bondy is president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He also wrote the Pyramid Approach to Education, a training manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and creative communication strategies. Dr. Bondy received his MA and Ph.D. from the UNC Greensboro, and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bondy has presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops in regional, national and international conferences and conventions on behavior analysis, PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. He has remained active in research and writing, and continues to develop new and innovative methods of helping children with autism and related developmental disorders.