Teaching and Maintaining Ethical Behavior in a Professional Organization


In addition to continuing education mandates by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), behavior-analytic professional organizations may adopt systems that teach and maintain ethical behavior in its employees. Systems of ethical supervision and management may allow for an organization to customize training that prevents ethical misconduct by employees. These systems may also allow supervisors to identify ethical problems in their infancy, allowing the organization to mitigate concerns before they further develop. Systems of ethical management and supervision also may help to improve services and promote consumer protection. Additional benefits might include both avoiding litigation and loss of consumers and income. These systems may promote the field of Behavior Analysis as a desirable, consumer-friendly approach to solving socially significant behavior problems.

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Correspondence to Thomas S. Higbee.

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This article was inspired by a workshop Alice Austin, Tyra Sellers, and both authors conducted at the 2011 California Association for Behavior Analysis convention. We thank Hannah M. Dulin for her comments on an earlier draft of this paper.

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Brodhead, M.T., Higbee, T.S. Teaching and Maintaining Ethical Behavior in a Professional Organization. Behav Analysis Practice 5, 82–88 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03391827

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  • behavioral systems
  • Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • professional development
  • staff training