Our Ethical Responsibility: Saving the World with Behavior Analysis, One Straw At A Time

As behavior analysts, we are charged with helping others achieve behavior change. We are often called in when stakes are high and situations are escalated. As with any behavior change program, it is important to ensure strong treatment fidelity, meaning we need others to follow the plans we create. There are plenty of times when families, teachers, or other implementers feel frustrated, overwhelmed and unequipped to face certain challenges. As consultants, it can be equally as frustrating when we believe we have buy-in, but later learn that we do not.

This past fall, I developed a behavior change program for myself. I was confident I had the tools needed to achieve change. I decided to eliminate consumption of single-use plastic straws. Though motivated and equipped with the science of ABA, I found my behavior change program challenging. Despite being a behavior analyst myself, the degree of my behavior change fluctuated and did not always go in the desired direction. Needless to say, I learned (and I'm still learning) a lot about behavior change by attempting to change my own. In this presentation, I will share these valuable lessons with you.

This presentation will provide participants an opportunity to:

  • Review the role of motivation in impacting behavior change
  • Discuss components of self-management programs
  • Identify behavioral principles pertinent to sustainability initiatives
  • Discuss how the process of creating a self-management program can strengthen a consultant's repertoire

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