Cultural Concerns, Professional Dilemmas, and the BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts
Presenter: William L. Holcomb, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Date and Time: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm EDT
Online Live 2-hour Webinar
Description: 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.
2 CEs offered
NECC is an approved BACB® Type 2 CE Provider (1 credit per training hour).
More Mands, Please: Training Public School Personnel to Implement Incidental Teaching (IT)
Presenter: Erin Michaud, CCC-SLP, BCBA, LABA
Date and Time: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm EDT
Online Live 2-hour Webinar
Description: A child’s ability to mand items, help, attention, or to avoid an activity plays a critical role in healthy development. Children who do not communicate in an appropriate way such as, using a spoken word, handing over a picture card, or using sign language, may develop other, potentially inappropriate, ways to express their needs. Incidental teaching (IT) is a naturalistic training technique that has been used for over five decades to teach children to communicate in a play-based setting. For children to receive the maximum benefit from IT, educators should be able to successfully implement the procedures throughout the child’s day. This presentation will guide you in teaching staff the following evidence-based components of IT: increasing the child’s motivation to request, waiting for the child to show interest in an item, and prompting a more elaborate response.