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BEHP1213: Evolving Ethics in Practice: Team Processes, Communication and Coordination of Services

Time limit: 60 days
4 credits

$52 Enroll

Full course description

Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes
Credits: 4.0 Learning BACB CEs (can also be used for ethics)

Instructor: Thomas Freeman, M.S., BCBA

Discusses the evolution of treatments for individuals with intellectual disabilities over the last 150 years, with a special focus on the influence of the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. Includes a broader discussion of the character and evolution of ethical standards. Examines the ethics of coordinating services with other interdisciplinary team members and the nature of evidence-based practice; presents some effective techniques for evaluating various alternative treatments that may confront the behavior analyst in clinical practice. Also discusses some pitfalls of using social media in practice and presents some thoughts relating to the effective communication of the benefits of ABA to the public at large.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the history of the ethics of treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and its relation to the eugenics movement of the 20th century.
  • Compare and contrast ethics and morality, and discuss one example of the evolution of an ethical code.
  • List at least three characteristics of an effective interdisciplinary team.
  • Compare and contrast two views of the idea of evidence-based as related to the practice of ABA.
  • List three alternative/fad treatments commonly seen in ABA practice.
  • Describe at least one process for evaluating a nonbehavioral alternative treatment in clinical practice.
  • Analyze two terms used in applied behavior analysis that tend to confuse those outside the field of behavior analysis, and provide possible alternative terms.

Keywords: Ethics, evolution, evidence-based, consent, eugenics, interdisciplinary teams, alternative or fad treatments, social media, professional collaboration

Rating: This course is recommended for anyone interested in the evolution of treatments for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the character and evolution of ethical standards.

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)