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

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

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)