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Ethics for Behavior Analysts 2nd Expanded Edition

Originally published in 2005, this second, expanded edition of Ethics for Behavior Analysts is a valuable resource in preparing behavior analysts for the difficult task of providing quality services. Specifically, this book is useful to behavior analysts who are working in the clinical, educational, and rehabilitative fields with clients who are developmentally disabled, are on the autistic spectrum, or have a variety of moderate to severe behavior problems that require treatment by experts using the latest evidence-based methods. The content is organized around the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines, and contains detailed ethical scenarios designed to get readers thinking about potential issues and dilemmas that may arise within their work. Responses to Case Scenarios are found at the end of each appropriate chapter, along with valuable tips found throughout the text.


“This practical handbook is perfect for my students because the real-life scenarios stimulate engaging discussions, which help me to teach emerging behavior analysts how to narrow broad ethical considerations down to specific guidelines and actions. I particularly love the new section on professional skills that includes what you can say and do to address ethical dilemmas with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and others.” – Ellie Kazemi, California State University, Northridge, USA

“Bailey and Burch have managed to improve an already outstanding text that translates and illustrates the discipline’s core ethical guidelines in a user-friendly manner.  Some of the gems in this text include the supplemental chapters on everyday ethical challenges, risk-benefit analysis, and professional service agreements, making it an indispensable resource for those who practice applied behavior analysis.” – James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D, Auburn University, USA

“Once again, Bailey and Burch have provided practical, real-world examples to bring to life the ethical guidelines all behavior analysts need to know. This book should be on the shelves of every student and professional learning about or practicing ABA.” – Sharon A. Reeve, PhD, BCBA-D, Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis, Caldwell College, USA

“This is an essential, unique, and timely contribution that meets practitioner needs in an unparalleled and expert manner. It contains a wide variety of strategies for preventing, managing, and resolving challenges encountered in the provision of behavior analytic services. The field is indebted to the authors for their cogent and compelling management of ethical issues.” – Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of Research and Training, The McCarton School, USA

About the Author

Jon Bailey, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, teaches graduate courses for behavior analysts. Dr. Bailey is a founding director of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and he is the president of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

Mary Burch, PhD, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Dr. Burch has more than twenty years experience in developmental disabilities. She has been a behavior specialist, QMRP, unit director, and consulting behavior analyst in developmental disabilities, mental health, and preschool settings.

I am only halfway through reading this text for an advanced ABA class, but I am very impressed with it. It is organized the same as the ethical guidelines listed by the BACB, which makes it easy to use to study for the BCBA/BCaBA exams. It provides vignettes to present various ethical situations, and gives the reader the chance to think about how they would deal with a similar issue, and then discusses the generally accepted ethical response(s) which are appropriate for BAs to use.

I also bought the older version of this book as an ebook because it was specifically what my professor wanted us to buy. This newer edition is expanded and has more situations and covers more issues and problems, but is very similar to the older edition, which I also think is very good.

I find that the vignettes allow me to better visualize ethical situations which could arise, and also allow me to reflect on times I have been in similar situations on the job. I can compare how I responded then to how the guidelines suggest I respond, and this has allowed me to better deal with some situations and to feel more confident with others. I also can see that this book will be very useful to turn to if I find myself in a murky ethical situation and I need to clarify the problems involved to manage them with the utmost confidence that I am fulfilling my ethical duties as a BA.

As a masters student in Behavior Analysis, this book is very helpful, and required. It gave many scenarios that were easy to follow and helped clarify some confusion. Definitely worth getting, especially if you are considering sitting for the BACB exam, as there are ethics questions on that test.
These authors take a potentially dry subject and infuse it with lively examples using clear language.
The overall effect is accessibility. The information expanded upon the white book. I read the book and then was able to sail through the ethics section of the BCBA testprep training modules.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415880300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415880305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches

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