Ethics of Standardization of Practice

Matthew Brodhead
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BCBA CEUs: 1.5 Total CEUs | 1.5 Ethics CEUs

Standardizing decision-making in behavior analysis may streamline practitioner efforts and allocate resources for more complex tasks, but its impact on practitioner performance and client outcomes remains unclear. This presentation from the 2019 Michigan Autism Conference outlines three recent studies on decision-making standardization, particularly focusing on visual analysis as a case study, while also addressing ethical concerns such as scope of competence and individualized treatment rights.

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The standardization of decision-making in behavior-analytic practice may reduce practitioner effort while simultaneously freeing resources to engage in other, and perhaps more complex, tasks. However, the extent to which standardized processes for decision-making improve practitioner performance, and subsequently improve client outcomes, is not quite clear. Furthermore, the ethical implications of standardizing decision-making processes require careful consideration. The purpose of this presentation is to present three recent research studies on the standardization of decision-making in behavior analysis, using visual analysis as a case example. The purpose and results of the reviewed studies will be discussed in the context of ethical and professional issues (e.g., scope of competence, the right to effective treatment, and individualized behavior-change programs) that are at the forefront of practicing-behavior analysts.

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Matthew T. Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. His research examines the behavioral determinants of response variability and decision-making in children with autism. He is also interested in research and conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behaviors of practicing behavior analysts. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts throughout the United States.

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    I enjoyed this presentation immensely! The speaker was extremely knowledgeable as well as fun to listen to!

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    Extremely helpful way to think of standardization without giving up individualized approaches to care.

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    This did not stay with me. The units on ethics in animal training, from Cambridge Center for Behavior Analysis, are still with me: least intrusive interactions; assent (where consent is not possible); sharing control over the environment.

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    A good listen and easily applicable advice.

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    great, smooth, and straightforward presentation!

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