Behavior analysts likely can evaluate multiple organizations prior to accepting a job due to recent increases in the number of organizations providing ABA services. We argue that evaluating the ethical values of an organization is paramount during the job search process. We provide strategies for evaluating the ethical values of an organization prior to employment and describe considerations from the pre-application process through contract negotiations. Ultimately, we add to the growing body of literature that provides guidance for common problems behavior analysts may face over the course of their careers.
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In this paper, we often refer to organizations as behaving organisms (e.g., having ethical values). We understand that organisms behave, and organizations do not. However, we have chosen this terminology in order to emphasize that the behavior analyst evaluates not only the individuals within an organization, but also the organizational policies and procedures established by individuals within an organization.
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Brodhead, M.T., Quigley, S.P. & Cox, D.J. How to Identify Ethical Practices in Organizations Prior to Employment. Behav Analysis Practice 11, 165–173 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-018-0235-y
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