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Keynote Speaker- Dr. Jon Bailey

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“Real World Ethical Problems: Conflicts, Clashes, and Inevitable Consequences”
Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D

 Florida State University

For many, ethics is the philosophical study of right and wrong conduct, but for those of us who live in the real world our frame of reference is closer to applied ethics. This involves the question of what a client, advocate, or professional is obligated to do under specific situations. Our new BACB “Ethical Compliance Codes” provides us with seemingly specific requirements for ethical conduct but as an antecedent the code alone will not be sufficient. Under the code behavior analysts are required to monitor other professionals and to raise questions when we feel that some aspect of the code as been breached.  I am frequently called upon to assist in complex cases where behavior analysts find themselves in an ethical dilemma but do not know the right thing to do. I see several trends in ethical conflicts and clashes between behavior analysts and their employer, their clients and their colleagues.  In this presentation I will describe some of those trends in real-world ethical challenges and provide case studies with examples of resolutions.


Jon Bailey received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1970; Mont Wolf was his mentor and major professor. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at FSU since that time and is now semi-retired as Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He is Director of the FSU Panama City, Master’s Program in Psychology with a Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is a Fellow of ABAI and APA.Jon is Secretary/Treasurer and Media Coordinator of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, which he founded in 1980; he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, is a past-Editor of JABA and is co-author of seven books including his most recent: Performance Management: Changing Behavior that Drives Organizational Effectiveness, due out in 2014, with Dr. Aubrey Daniels. Other recent books include: Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 2nd Expanded Edition published in 2011 and 25 Essential Skills for Behavior Analysts, in 2010 with Dr. Mary Burch. Jon received the Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis Award, May 2005, from SABA and both the APA Division 25, Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award and the University of Kansas Applied Behavioral Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. He was an Expert Witness in the 2012 US District Court case of K.G. vs. Dudek where the Federal Judge ruled, “ABA is ‘medically necessary’ and is not ‘experimental’ as defined under Florida administrative law and federal law.” He will receive the APA Division 25 Distinguished Contribution to Applied Behavior Analysis Award in August 2014.

Cathy Pratt, Bob Ryan Featured at June 13th HABA Quarterly Meeting at VBCA

Mark your calendar as HABA is pleased and excited to announce that Cathy Pratt and Bob Ryan will be presenting at our June 13th (Friday) quarterly meeting!  Dr. Pratt (Ph.D., BCBA-D) is the director for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism and will be discussing the role of the organization in the state of Indiana.  Bob Ryan (BCBA) has worked along side various influential individuals in the field of ABA and has frequently consulted with school and families.  He currently specializes in verbal behavior and academics while consulting with BACA!  The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism.  Click here for directions.  Both speaking events are CEU eligible events and subcommittee meetings will be immediately following.  Please RSVP at  If you’re interested in membership, make sure to renew/sign-up for membership here.

HABA Announces Dates for 6th Annual Conference

The committee for Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis’ Annual Conference has concluded and is announcing OCTOBER 17th and 18th, 2014 as the official dates for HABA’s 6th Annual Conference.  The Annual Conference will be held in the Indiana Convention Center, downtown Indianapolis.  Don’t miss terrific opportunities to network with others in the field, experience information presented by nationally renowned speakers, and obtain valuable CEUs.  Hotel accommodations and information on how and where to register will be coming soon!

Indiana Convention Center Announced as Sight for 2014 HABA Annual Conference

Located directly adjacent to Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center is one of the nation’s premier venues.  The Center is located blocks away from varying Indianapolis attractions in dining, entertainment and shopping as well as skywalk connections to more hotel rooms than any other city!  Click HERE, watch the videos, and enjoy another good reason to attend this year’s HABA conference!