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BEHP1238: The Right to Effective Treatment and Skinner’s The Ethics of Helping People is a Course

BEHP1238: The Right to Effective Treatment and Skinner’s The Ethics of Helping People

Time limit: 14 days
1.5 credits

$19.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time1 hour 26 minutes
Credits: 1.5 Learning Learning CEs (can also be used for ethics)
Price: $19.50
PresenterBobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Course Description:

In 1976, B.F. Skinner published an underappreciated article in The Humanist titled "The Ethics of Helping People."  Within that article, the general ethical stance of behavior analysts as regards the “taking care” of a person versus working towards independence and autonomy was outlined. Some twelve years later, the seminal The Right to Effective Treatment was published, updating and expanding many of the same ideas. How the ideas of these two papers predated and laid the groundwork

Learning Objectives:


  • Describe the difference between taking care of an individual’s physical needs and helping an individual develop autonomy.
  • Describe what a truly therapeutic environment consists of, based on the source material.
  • Describe why doing something for someone may actually harm them, behaviorally speaking, with particular attention to extinction and learned helplessness.


Ethics, autonomy, Skinner, Right to Effective Treatment, autonomy, noncontingent and contingent reinforcement, therapeutic environment


This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs with background knowledge in the concepts and principles of behavior analysis. This course is eligible for ethics CE credit. Designed for those practicing in the field of behavior analysis to maintain a professional and ethical practice.

Access: 2 weeks from date of registration.

Note: The course access period noted above begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access.  A two-week extension can be purchased for an additional $15.00; contact for details.

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA type-2 on-demand CE course may be extended a maximum of three times within six months of the original course purchase. After six months from the original date of purchase, the course will need to be purchased again.


If you experience problems when registering, please call 321-674-8382, option 2.

Important note: If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to include your BACB certification number when creating your student profile, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number. If you have an existing profile that does not include your certification number, please contact with your number so that we can add it to your profile. Adding your certificate number to your profile will not change your certificate of completion after it has already been generated.

Refund Policy

Refunds are not provided once a course has been accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023).