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BEHP1207: The Ethics of Replacing Free Will with Behavioral Science is a Course

BEHP1207: The Ethics of Replacing Free Will with Behavioral Science

Time limit: 60 days
1 credit

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Full course description

Time: 59 minutes
Credit: 1 Learning CEU (This course is not worth Ethics CEUs)
Price: $13.00

Presenters: Julie S. Vargas, Ph.D. (supervised by Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D).

Course Description: Covers the science of behavior and how it differs from other analyses of behavior. Discusses the fiction of free will and how this intrudes into teaching, leading to the use of punishment and its harmful effects. Also covers positive alternative approaches to teaching offered from behavioral science.


  • Compare explanations about causes of behavior from behavioral science to explanations from other analyses of behavior.
  • Understand how the concept of free will intrudes into teaching.
  • Learn the various harmful effects of punishment.
  • Understand the alternative approaches to teaching offered from behavioral science.

Keywords: Free will, applied behavior analysis, behavioral science, punishment

Rating: This course is recommended for anyone interested in the science of behavior, the concept of free will and its effect on education, and positive alternative approaches from behavioral science. 

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Note: The 60-day access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access. 

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech will no longer offer extensions for new purchases.  Purchases made prior to this date will be eligible for an extension per the previous policy:

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA Learning (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. 


For more information, to request an extension, or if you experience problems when registering, please email us at

Important note:  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.

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)