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BEHP1240: Understanding the Why Behind the Rule: Ethical Frameworks and Practice Guidelines

Time limit: 60 days
1.5 credits

$19.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time1 hour, 38 minutes
1.5 Learning (type-2) BACB CEs; can also be used for ethics
Presenter:  Bobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Course Description: Discusses that, while the rules and ethical guidelines that guide professional decision-making are often interpreted in black-and-white absolutes, the thinking process behind the practice guidelines are actually much more nuanced. Explores the necessity for an understanding of the why behind a particular guideline to arrive at truly ethical conclusions. Includes guidance through common ethical frameworks and uses examples from the everyday work of a behavior analyst.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe considerations of common ethical frameworks such as categorical imperatives and utilitarianism.
  • State the reasons behind particular BCBA ethical guidelines such as bartering and gift-giving.
  • Describe situations in which one might inadvertently stumble into behavior that could be interpreted as unethical (e.g., fundraising or giving too powerful a reinforcer to be turned down).

Keywords: Ethics, cultural competency, fundraising, social media, code, standards, conduct, BACB standards

Rating: This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs, particularly those who were certified under previous ethical guidelines. 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)