Ethics for Behavior Analysts: A Practical Guide to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (e-Book) book cover

Ethics for Behavior Analysts

A Practical Guide to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct

By Jon Bailey, Jon Bailey, Mary Burch, Mary Burch

© 2005 – Routledge

310 pages

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Behavior analysis, a rapidly growing profession, began with the use and application of conditioning and learning techniques to modify the behavior of children or adults presenting severe management problems, often because of developmental disabilities. Now behavior analysts work in a variety of settings, from clinics and schools to workplaces. Especially since their practice often involves aversive stimuli or punishment, they confront many special ethical challenges. Recently, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board codified a set of ten fundamental ethical guidelines to be followed by all behavior analysts and understood by all students and trainees seeking certification.

This book shows readers how to follow the BACB guidelines in action. The authors first describe core ethical principles and then explain each guideline in detail, in easily comprehensible, everyday language. The text is richly illuminated by more than a hundred vivid case scenarios about which the authors pose, and later answer questions for readers. Useful appendices include the BACB Guidelines, an index to them, practice scenarios, and suggested further reading.

Practitioners, instructors, supervisors, students, and trainees alike will welcome this invaluable new aid to professional development.


"Bailey and Burch provide useful supplementary material in the appendixes, including a copy of the guidelines; a nice selection of suggested supplemental readings on ethics in psychology, behavior modification, and behavior analysis; an index to the guidelines; and an additional set of scenarios so readers can check their understanding of how the guidelines apply to various situations. This book will be of tremendous assistance to anyone seeking to become certified in behavior analysis and will be useful reference for even experienced people to refer to periodically."


"Bailey and Burch have done the field a valuable service with their comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the Behavior Analyst Certification Guidelines using real world examples and scenarios. I especially liked chapter 14, which provides a dozen tips for ethical conduct on one's first job. As someone who teaches an ABA class on ethics and gives workshops on clinical/ethical issues, I am delighted that I now have the perfect book to use for my class and recommend to workshop participants."

Richard M. Foxx

Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

"I found this book extremely well written and practically useful. I have especially benefited from the real life case examples in the book that illustrate ethical rules and guidelines. I would like to thank the authors for writing an invaluable book on ethics."

Weihe Huang

Behavior Analyst Regional Center of the East Bay, California

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Background for Ethics in Behavior Analysis. How We Got Here. Core Ethical Principles. What Makes Behavior Analysis Unique? Part II: Understanding and Following the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct in Real-Life Contexts. Responsible Conduct of a Behavior Analyst (Guideline 1). The Behavior Analyst's Responsibility to Clients (Guideline 2). Assessing Behavior (Guideline 3). The Behavior Analyst and the Individual Behavior Change Program (Guideline 4). The Behavior Analyst as Teacher or Supervisor (Guideline 5). The Behavior Analyst and the Workplace (Guideline 6). The Behavior Analyst and Research (Guideline 7). The Behavior Analyst's Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis (Guideline 8). The Behavior Analyst's Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues (Guideline 9). The Behavior Analyst's Ethical Responsibility to Society (Guideline 10). Part III: Tips and Exercises for Students. A Dozen Tips for Ethical Conduct on Your First Job. Appendices.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Behaviorism