“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.