Ethics for Behavior Analysts

2nd Expanded Edition

By Jon Bailey, Mary Burch

© 2011 – Routledge

388 pages

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About the Book

Originally published in 2005, this second, expanded edition of Ethics for Behavior Analysts is a valuable resource in preparing behavior analysts for the difficult task of providing quality services. Specifically, this book is useful to behavior analysts who are working in the clinical, educational, and rehabilitative fields with clients who are developmentally disabled, are on the autistic spectrum, or have a variety of moderate to severe behavior problems that require treatment by experts using the latest evidence-based methods. The content is organized around the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines, and contains detailed ethical scenarios designed to get readers thinking about potential issues and dilemmas that may arise within their work. Responses to Case Scenarios are found at the end of each appropriate chapter, along with valuable tips found throughout the text.


“This practical handbook is perfect for my students because the real-life scenarios stimulate engaging discussions, which help me to teach emerging behavior analysts how to narrow broad ethical considerations down to specific guidelines and actions. I particularly love the new section on professional skills that includes what you can say and do to address ethical dilemmas with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and others.” - Ellie Kazemi, California State University, Northridge, USA

“Bailey and Burch have managed to improve an already outstanding text that translates and illustrates the discipline’s core ethical guidelines in a user-friendly manner. Some of the gems in this text include the supplemental chapters on everyday ethical challenges, risk-benefit analysis, and professional service agreements, making it an indispensable resource for those who practice applied behavior analysis.” - James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D, Auburn University, USA

“Once again, Bailey and Burch have provided practical, real-world examples to bring to life the ethical guidelines all behavior analysts need to know. This book should be on the shelves of every student and professional learning about or practicing ABA.” - Sharon A. Reeve, PhD, BCBA-D, Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis, Caldwell College, USA

“This is an essential, unique, and timely contribution that meets practitioner needs in an unparalleled and expert manner. It contains a wide variety of strategies for preventing, managing, and resolving challenges encountered in the provision of behavior analytic services. The field is indebted to the authors for their cogent and compelling management of ethical issues.” - Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of Research and Training, The McCarton School, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: Background for Ethics in Behavior Analysis. How We Got Here. Core Ethical Principles. What Makes Behavior Analysis Unique? Most Frequent Ethical Problems. Everyday Ethical Challenges for Average Citizens and Behavior Analysts. Part II: Understanding and Following the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. 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's Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis (Guideline 7). The Behavior Analyst's Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues (Guideline 8). The Behavior Analyst's Ethical Responsibility to Society (Guideline 9). The Behavior Analyst and Research (Guideline 10). Part III: Professional Skills for Ethical Behavior Analysts. Conducting a Risk-benefit Analysis. Delivering the Ethics Message Effectively. Avoiding the "Slippery Slope" of Ethical Problems by Using a Declaration of Professional Services. Part IV: Tips, Guidelines, Index, and Scenarios for Students. A Dozen Practical Tips for Ethical Conduct on Your First Job. Appendix A: Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines. Appendix B: Index for Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. Appendix C: 50 Ethics Scenarios for Behavior Analysts. Appendix D: Suggested Further Reading.

About the Authors

Jon 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 the president of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

Mary Burch, PhD, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Dr. Burch has more than twenty 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.

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