Title: Ethics for Behavior Analysts: Intervention, Dissemination, Research and Cultural Considerations

  • Start Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Workshop Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Presenters: Dr. Michelle Kelly, BCBA-D;
    Assistant Professor, Counseling, Early Childhood and Special Education Division, Emirates College for Advanced Education
    Dr. Amanda Verriden, BCBA, LABA;;
    Assistant Director, The New England Center for Children- Abu Dhabi
  • Venue: Room G05 - Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi

During this workshop, attendees will discuss punishment, an environmental change contingent on behavior that results in a decrease in responding over time (Michael, 2004). Various punishment procedures (e.g., overcorrection, response cost) have been evaluated in clinical settings for decades to decrease challenging behavior with great success (eg., Baker, Rapp, & Carroll, 2010); however, there is controversy associated with the use of punishment because of a movement towards function-based and least intrusive interventions. The situations in which punishment is deemed necessary and considerations around the design and implementation of punishment procedures will be discussed. Attendees will also critically consider issues related to culture, international dissemination, and the importance of publishing intervention outcomes to add to the research base.

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