Ethics of Behavior Analysis in Schools: Collaboration, Tactics, and Tips
Interestingly, only 10.56 % of BCBA®s and BCBA®-Ds currently identify Education as their primary area of practice (BACB®, n.d.). A number of BCBA®s report significant challenges in obtaining stakeholder buy-in with school personnel, unethical caseloads, and in the modification of behavior analytic interventions to practice in schools, amongst other needs (Detrich et al., 2020; Syed & Bailey, personal communication, October 2020). BCBA®s also report a lack of resources to guide in better ethical practices within a school setting. This discussion will focus on understanding common barriers behavior analysts encounter to achieving successful outcomes in schools, the role of behavioral frameworks such as multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), contextual fit of behavioral strategies and applications of strategies to practice, as well as approaches to engage in collaboration, leading to greater stakeholder buy-in, sustainability, and systems change. We will review tools and resources geared towards the application of behavior analysis in schools, and will discuss supervision practices we might engage in to further the utilization of ABA in schools with trainees.
*This talk is a continuation and expansion of the discussion begun at FABA 2020.
1. Attendees will gain an understanding of resources available to support behavior analytic practices in school settings
2. Attendees will be able to describe the role of behavioral frameworks in school settings
3. Attendees will be able to describe and engage in ethical practices to increase collaboration with school personnel, contributing to sustainability
4. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to adapt behavioral strategies as discussed in empirical literature to school settings
- Presenter: Noor Syed, Ph.D., BCBA-D
- Duration: 100min
- 2 Learning - Ethics BACB CE Hours