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

Time limit: 60 days
1.5 credits

$19.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time1 hour 26 minutes
Credits: 1.5 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

RatingThis 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: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is 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)