ABA professionals, have you studied “The BACB Code” recently?
When we last left off we were examining section 8.04 of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s “Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts”. In this section we defer to Dr. Amanda Kelly’s (behaviorbabe). Dr. Kelly breaks down various professional guidelines. She draws insightful conclusions about ethics in her podcast and internet content, click below… She poses 3 questions when confronted with professional ethical challenge. When approached with a questionable situation or ethical concerns, behavior analysts should rely on three (3) specific questions (Cooper, Heron, Heward, 2007).
1- What’s the right thing to do?
2- What’s worth doing?
3- What does it mean to be a good BCBA?
Ethics in behavior analysis can be tricky especially because behavior analysts are called in when behaviors are quite severe and complex. Community standards, laws, prevailing philosophies and individual freedoms determine ethical procedures in behavior analysis (Bailey and Burch, 2011).