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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

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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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)