The Ethics of Analysis: Prioritizing Safety and Dignity while Striving for Effectiveness

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This talk was filmed at the 2019 Ethics in  Professional Practice Conference at Endicott College

About the presentation:
The conduct of functional analyses with individuals who engage in severe problem behavior may be prohibited due to perceived risks associated with evoking severe problem behavior and the actual risks incurred when analyses are conducted without prioritizing safety and dignity. Tactics for ensuring the safety and dignity of clients whose severe problem behavior is being analyzed will be reviewed first. An evaluation of an enhanced choice model for minimizing risks during function-based treatments relying on differential reinforcement will then be described. The ethical implications of different decisions regarding how to conduct a functional analysis and develop treatments for severe problem behavior will be evident from this presentation.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Identify five tactics that increase the odds of a safe and dignified analysis of severe problem behavior
2. Describe the characteristics of an enhanced choice model of treatment implementation for minimizing the likelihood of problem behavior escalation
3. Develop a process for Functional Analysis using the ethical guidelines

About the presenter:

Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities just under 30 years. He worked and trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and directed the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program and Life Skills Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU). Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 25), past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and of Behavior Analysis in Practice. He currently serves as a Research Professor at WNEU, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and CEO of FTF Behavioral, an international training and consulting group based in Worcester, Massachusetts. This group of researcher-practitioners supports professionals attempting to create meaningful outcomes with practical functional assessment processes and skill-based treatments for addressing emerging and severe problem behavior, intractable stereotypy, food selectivity and mealtime problem behavior, and sleep problems.