As the number of BACB®s worldwide increases, the likelihood that an individual BACB® is practicing in a different culture than their own increases. One obvious outcome of the increased practice of ABA around the world is the potential for conflict when a practitioner is following a professional code of ethics in a culture different from the one in which the ethical code was developed. After a brief introduction of the development of ethical standards and the differences between moral, ethical, and legal codes, a behavior analytic definition of culture by Skinner and others, is contrasted with different views of culture (e.g., Hofstede’s cultural dimensions model). As an example of cultural differences, comparisons are made between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Scenarios are included throughout the presentation illustrating potential ethical conflicts. These include the possible situations where the BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts may conflict with locally accepted behavior based on cultural norms with respect to contracts, treatment methods, gifts, and interpretation. Participants will identify the section(s) of the BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts relevant to determining if an ethical conflict has occurred and what action is warranted. Finally, discussion of the practical implications for behavior analytic practice in different cultures includes the use of preventative strategies to identify and address these potential conflicts.
Presenter: William L. Holcomb, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Online Live 2-hour Webinar
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