Rob Holdsambeck – Autism, Ethics and Clinical Practice: Lessons from the lands of the Hula, the Haka, and Ho’o’ponopono

1.0 Type II CE Credits/ 1.0 Ethics Credits

This presentation was filmed at the 2016 Hawaii ABA Conference 

About the presentation:

Ethical challenges exist in context. Island cultures can present some unique ways of addressing these challenges. In this talk Dr. Holdsambeck will cover three main areas of concern: understanding cultural context, collecting interpreting, and projecting from imperfect data sets, and building sustainable practices that increase the probability of ethical behaviors. To accomplish this he will use lessons from the Hula, the Haka, and a healing ritual known as Ho’o’oponopono. Many people who visit the islands get to experience the first two rituals at least in some form. At times they appear similar but closer inspection shows how rich and diverse these rituals actually are.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to describe their ethical obligations to understand the culture in which they practice.
  • Participants will be able to list two occasions that contrast the varied environments where one might find a Haka
  • Participants will distinguish between reasonably hopeful goals and unreasonably certain predictions
  • Participants will be able to list two irrational statements that can lead to an increased probability of unethical conduct

About the presenter:

Dr. Holdsambeck is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of clinical experience delivering services to people with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. He was one of the first to become board certified in behavior analysis (#0007). The company he founded, Holdsambeck and Associates, employs over 230 clinicians serving 1500+ individuals annually in California. Previously he served his country as a Captain in the Air Force and his community as a professor of behavior analysis for over 25 years. He was selected as the 2010 distinguished colleague by the Chicago School LA’s Department of ABA. In 2011, he received the outstanding service award from the Cambridge Center for his work in bringing evidence-based practices to California. Dr. Holdsambeck is an author and frequent keynote speaker at National and State conferences. In addition to the activities mentioned above, he currently serves as the Executive Director of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™.

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