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Ethics for Behavior Analysts

3rd Edition

By Jon Bailey, Mary Burch


382 pages

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This fully-updated third edition of Jon Bailey and Mary Burch’s bestselling Ethics for Behavior Analysts is an invaluable guide to understanding and implementing the newly-revised Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code. Featured in this new edition are case studies drawn from the author’s real-world practice with hints to guide readers toward the ethical ‘solution’ and revised chapters, including how this new edition evolved alongside the revised Code and tips for succeeding in your first job as a certified behavior analyst. The complete, revised BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code is included as an appendix. This third edition improves upon what has become a go-to resource for behavior analysts in training and in practice.


Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 3rd Edition by Bailey and Burch is another winner. It covers all the essential elements of ethics in an accessible and comprehensive manner. With valuable new chapters, the most up-to-date information, and numerous case examples that facilitate a problem-solving approach to ethical issues, this book is an invaluable resource. Students and professionals in behavior analysis should keep it close at hand.”—Raymond G. Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D, Professor, University of South Florida.

“The 3rd Edition of Ethics for Behavior Analysts is a "must read" for students of behavior analysis and seasoned professionals alike. It builds upon the huge success of the previous editions with the inclusion of Dr. Bailey's "Seven Step Model" for solving complex cases and new case examples aligned to the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code. It will continue to be a staple in my graduate ethics classes.”—Rosemary A. Condillac, PhD, C.Psych., BCBA-D., Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

“This book is the ‘go-to’ ethics book for our field of applied behavior analysis. Bailey and Burch handle the universe of ethics with a perfect touch. Ranging from formal presentation of ethical requirements, to real-life examples that all readers will relate to, this book will raise the awareness of ethics and ethical conduct, which in turn will increase the chances that the clients who we serve will be treated humanely and safely.”—Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D, Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College.

“Bailey and Burch bring clarity to the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code through cogent discussion of each element and thoughtful consideration of the myriad issues facing practicing behavior analysts. Practitioners of all levels will find valuable insight from numerous examples of real-life ethical dilemmas.”—Dorothea C. Lerman, PhD, BCBA-D, University of Houston, Clear Lake.

"What a great new edition… There is enough new content to make it feel like a 'new' read, even for those who have read the previous editions. At the same time this edition stays true to the familiar story-telling voice that Bailey and Burch use to make ethics compelling to those, new and old to the field. Navigating the field and the multitude of ethical dilemmas facing practitioners can be very isolating, and having the Bailey and Burch text helps alleviate it when you realize that there are behavior analysts out there questioning, thinking, and resolving some of these dilemmas for you. Thank you Bailey and Burch, can't wait for the next edition!" --Myra-Jade Lui, BCBA

Table of Contents

Preface Evolution of the 3rd Edition Acknowledgements Disclaimer I: Background for Ethics for Behavior Analysis 1. How We Got Here 2. Core Ethical Principles 3. Ethics and Whitewater Rafting 4. Analyzing Complex Ethics Cases Using a Seven-Step Model 5. Everyday Ethical Challenges for Average Citizens and Behavior Analysts II. Understanding the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts 6. Responsible Conduct of Behavior Analysts (Code 1.0) 7.Behavior Analysts’ Responsibility to Clients (Code 2.0) 8.Assessing Behavior (Code 3.0) 9. Behavior Analysts and the Behavior-Change Program (Code 4.0) 10. Behavior Analysts’ as Supervisors (Code 5.0) 11.Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to the Profession of Behavior Analysis (6.0) 12.Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues (Code 7.0) 13. Public Statements (Code 8.0) 14. Behavior Analysts and Research (9.0) 15. The Behavior Analyst’s Ethical Responsibility to the BACB (10.0) III. Professional Skills for Ethical Behavior Analysts 16. Conducting a Risk-Benefit Analysis 17. Delivering the Ethics Message Effectively 18. Using a Declaration of Professional Services 19. A Dozen Practical Tips for Ethical Conduct on Your First Job 20. A Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations IV. The BACB Code, Glossary, Scenarios, and Further Reading Appendix A The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts Appendix B Glossary Appendix C Fifty Ethics Scenarios for Behavior Analysts (With Hints) Appendix D Suggested Further Reading References Author Index Subject Index

About the Authors

Jon S. Bailey, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, teaches graduate courses for behavior analysts. Dr. Bailey is a founding director of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and he is past president of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

Mary R. Burch, PhD, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Dr. Burch has more than twenty-five years experience in developmental disabilities. She has been a behavior specialist, QMRP, unit director, and consulting behavior analyst in developmental disabilities, mental health, and preschool settings.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health


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