Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D – An ethical obligation to be empirical: Our philosophy of life, our perspective on treatment, and the driving force behind our work
1.0 Type II CE Credits/ 1.0 Ethics Credits
This presentation was filmed at the 2015 CCBS Ethics in Professional Practice Conference
Dr. Thomas Zane is a Professor of Education and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Online Program at the Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan School at Endicott College. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. He is a licensed psychologist in New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Zane has published in various journals and books, presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and been an invited lecturer in Ireland and the Republic of China. His research interests include teacher training, staff development, and evidenced-based practice in autism. As part of his duties at Endicott College, he offers a BCBA certificate program through distance learning.
About this presentation:
The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts dictates the parameters for our work as behavior analysts. However, the Code has fundamental implications that reach far beyond the interface with those whom we serve. Being a behavior analyst suggests a certain philosophy, a particular ‘world view,’ of the causes of behavior in all contexts. The foundational properties of science, empiricism, and analysis establish a way of thinking that dictates specific ways of working and regarding behavior not just in clinical practice but in everyday life.
Upon completion of this presentation attendees will be able to:
Describe the sections of the Compliance Code that deals with the conceptual parameters of the work of behavior analysts.
Explain the importance of one world view with which we approach clinical and personal behavioral issues
Explain the attitudes and characteristics of science that influence our behavior both within and outside of our work.