Sarah Trautman-Eslinger – Recovering from a Public PR and Ethical Disaster: Lessons Learned that You Won’t Get in an Ethics Class

1.0 Type II Ethics CE Credit

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

About the presentation:
The California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) was faced with an unprecedented PR and ethical crisis during its 2018 conference. The events that occurred and leadership shown by CalABA’s Board of Directors and Executive Director set the stage for a much broader conversation throughout Behavior Analysis regarding cultural humility, how we behave towards each other and how we lead and respond to behavior observed in our community that is not consistent with our values as a field. During this presentation several models for ethical decision making will be discussed as well as current behavior analytic papers that deal with leadership and culture.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Describe and use at least 1 ethical decision-making model
2. Operationally define culture as first defined B.F. Skinner
3. Operationally identify at least 3 behaviors associated with leadership according to OBM literature

About the presenter:
Sarah knew that Applied Behavior Analysis was what she wanted to do for a career as an undergraduate at Gonzaga University. Sarah completed her Masters Degree in Special Education at San Francisco State University with an emphasis on vocational education for adults with developmental disabilities in 2001. Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior AnalystTM in 2004, the same year she founded STE Consultants. In addition to her work at STE Consultants, Sarah is very involved with practice management and public policy issues related to ABA services. Sarah has led workshops and served on numerous panels at regional and national conferences focused on practitioner issues and health insurance reform. Sarah has guest lectured at San Francisco State University, has trained special educators and behavior analysts internationally and frequently travels around the US to provide consultative support to ABA business owners.

Sarah is the President of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) – Sarah is a founding board member of the Council of Autism Service Providers –


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