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BEHP1221: The Behavioral and Ethical Implications of Shame in American Culture: A Multidisciplinary Perspective is a Course

BEHP1221: The Behavioral and Ethical Implications of Shame in American Culture: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Time limit: 60 days
2 credits

$26 Enroll

Full course description

Time: 2 hours 2 min
Credit: 2.0 Learning CEs, which can also be used for ethics

Presenters: A. Rachel Camp, J.D., and Alice Darnell Lattal, Ph.D., (supervised by Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D)

Introduces concepts relating to shame in American culture. Brings together viewpoints and ethical perspectives from disciplines including psychology, sociology, education and the law to discuss shame and its impact on individuals, families and communities. Links topics to behavioral principles, grounding them in a fundamental framework of the science of behavior.


  • Define shame and introduce vantage points from which shame arises in our society.
  • Describe how shame has been presented by individuals and institutions as a morally justified punishment intended to influence desired behavioral outcomes.
  • Describe behavioral science principles that explain why one person shames another and predict how coercive strategies such as shame affect the behavior of the person shamed.
  • Describe the intended and unintended consequences of shame on individuals and the broader community.
  • Describe known environmental conditions that can be predictive of shame.
  • Evaluate shame as it relates to cultural values, individual morality and the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.

Keywords: Shame, ethics, behavior, law, motivations, formal institutions, informal institutions, context, vantage points, contingencies, rule governance, learning, science, accountability

Rating: This course is recommended for BCBAs, BCaBAs or other professionals. It will provide specific ethics application of behavioral principle and the law setting and considerations of the use of shame.

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)