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Chapter 3 in Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3rdedition): “Ethics and Whitewater Rafting”

Chapter 3 introduces you to the Behaviorally Anchored Rating System (BARS), a matrix of categories consisting of six levels of complexity that allow the behavior analyst to determine the general level of complexity of ethical issues. Chapter 3 presents an approach to determining whether the behavior analyst has the skills and “clout” necessary to deal with each level of complexity.

Chapter 4 in Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3rdedition): “Analyzing Complex Ethics Cases Using a Seven-Step Model”

Chapter 4 introduces the Seven-Step Model, a systematic process to assess the many complex variables in ethics issues. It provides you with the necessary information to design an approach to resolve ethical dilemmas.

For each week’s, you will view a video-lecture covering the major topics in the units. It is important that your primary posts be comprehensive, as outlined in the Board Rubric, and meets the minimum word requirement of 250-words.

Unit 2 continues the examination of various levels of ethical complexity that the practicing behavior analyst may encounter and introduces two excellent tools that can help you formulate approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas. You learned about the “Behaviorally Anchored Rating System” (BARS), a tool that allows you to identify the Level of Complexity of ethical issues and helps you determine the best path forward to resolution. This system takes into account the behavior analyst’s education and experience level, threat of possible harm to your clients, agency conflicts, and possible legal issues.

You were introduced to the Seven-Step Model, an excellent tool that can be used in conjunction with BARS. This Model covers 7-questions you must ask yourself in order to discover how any given ethical situation should be handled.

When working to resolve ethical dilemmas, it is important to be prepared for any legal questions that may arise. Unit 2 covered many steps that could be taken to make sure you, as a practitioner, are protected.

Scenario #1: Samantha, a new Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) has been working for a local company providing home-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with autism. Recently, she was assigned a case that required expertise in feeding disorders. The baby, 9-months old, has been labeled “failure to thrive” and has only gained 5-pounds since birth. She told her supervisor that she has no expertise in this serious condition and would like to be removed from the case. Her supervisor told her that there was no one on staff that did have experience with this type of behavior and that she would just have to conduct some research on the condition.

Scenario #2: Kip has worked for “Behavior Incorporated” for 6-months. Recently, he had lunch with a colleague and they discussed the stress of trying to meet the billable hour quota each week. His colleague told him that he finally got sick of the pressure and, about 3-weeks ago, began padding his hours. “Oh, I do a little literature review for each client and add 30-minutes to each client’s hours for billing.” No more stress! Kip is shocked! He is faced with the question of how to handle his colleague’s breach of the Code.


Choose one of the scenarios and determine possible approaches to resolving the ethical dilemma in the case by completing the Seven-Step Model Template and attaching it to your Discussion Board post with the instruction to “See attached.” Refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB’s) “Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts” found in Course Resources

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