The RBT® Ethics Code: Mastering the BACB© Ethical Requirements for Registered Behavior Technicians™, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The RBT® Ethics Code

Mastering the BACB© Ethical Requirements for Registered Behavior Technicians™, 1st Edition

By Jon S. Bailey, Mary R. Burch


224 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This practical textbook will enable students training to become Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs™) to fully understand and follow the new RBT® Ethics Code administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®).

Starting with an overview of the role of ethics and core ethical principles, subsequent chapters provide concrete guidance for each of the three sections of the RBT® Ethics Code: responsible conduct, responsibility to clients, and competence and service delivery. The authors then show correct and incorrect applications of each code item and provide practical examples and solutions for applying each section to everyday practice. Also included are test questions where RBTs™ can test themselves on their newfound knowledge, along with a glossary, the complete RBT® Code of Ethics, and suggested readings. Last, Appendix D, "Considerations and Conversation Starters," will help RBT® trainers quickly focus on specific code items and presenting scenarios for discussion and role-plays.

This book is intended to serve as a primary text for the training of Registered Behavior Technicians™ as well as a reference and study guide for these RBTs™ and their trainers.


"Dr. Bailey’s and Dr. Burch’s decades long contributions to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis continues with this informative and empowering book for future Registered Behavior Technicians™. A heart-touching dedication page sets the tone and is a direct reflection of the energy and character of its authors. A must-read road map for those entering the field."

--Erik Lovaas, President of The Lovaas Center & Fundación Erik Lovaas Para el Autismo

"Once again, Bailey and Burch have provided the field with a timely and much needed book. The RBT® Ethics Code will be of great benefit to Registered Behavior Technicians™ and those who supervise them. I see it as being an integral part of any training and supervisory effort and another layer of protection for the children and families served by entry-level behavior analytic practitioners."

--Richard M. Foxx PhD, BCBA-D, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Penn State University

"I’m delighted that Dr. Bailey and Dr. Burch have worked diligently to develop this book that is appropriate for use during the 40-hour training but also as a reference text for RBTs™ to utilize during their career. I believe it will be a great resource for our field and greatly appreciate the dedication to quality, ethical service that both authors have provided the field of behavior analysis."

--Melissa L. Olive, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Executive Director, Applied Behavioral Strategies

"Another winner from Bailey and Burch! The RBT® Ethics Code explains each of the 31 principles in easy-to-understand language, illustrated by actual ethical dilemmas drawn from Dr. Bailey’s experience on, including suggested ways for RBTs™ to respond. A must read, not only for RBT preparation, but also for employers and supervisors of RBTs™!"

--Sharon Older, PhD, BCBA-D, Executive Director, Adapt Behavioral Services, Florida

"Given the unparalleled growth in Registered Behavior Technicians™ (RBTs™) this Ethics Code book is a vital resource. Bailey and Burch logically tackle the ethics codes and provide detailed, clear, and practical scenarios throughout to assist RBTs™ in their work. It’s a ‘need to have’ book for RBTs™ and supervisors alike and I’m excited to use it in my classes."

--Kimberly A. Crosland, PhD, BCBA-D, associate professor, University of South Florida, USA

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Background for Ethics for Registered Behavior Technicians™; Chapter 1: How We Got Here; Chapter 2: Core Ethical Principles; Chapter 3: A Virtual Bill of Rights for RBTs®; PART TWO: Introducing the RBT® Ethics Code; Chapter 4: Section 1 - Responsible Conduct; Chapter 5: Section 2 - Responsibility to Clients; Chapter 6: Section 3 - Competence and Service Delivery; Chapter 7 RBT® Responsibilities to the Board; PART THREE: Answers to Test-Yourself Questions, The RBT Ethics Code, Glossary and Scripts and Conversation Starters; Appendix A: Answers to Test-Yourself Questions; Appendix B: The RBT® Ethics Code; Appendix C: Glossary; Appendix D: Considerations and Conversation Starters for RBT® Trainers; Notes; References; Subject Index.


About the Authors

Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D, emeritus professor of psychology at Florida State University, teaches graduate courses for behavior analysts. Dr. Bailey was a founding director of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and is past president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis and a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Mary R. Burch, PhD, BCBA-D, is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst®. Dr. Burch has more than 25 years of 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 / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Behaviorism