William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA-D – Some common mistakes by ABA practitioners: Their ethical implications and suggestions for avoiding them
1.0 Type II CE Credits/ 1.0 Ethics Credits
This presentation was filmed at the 2015 CCBS Ethics in Professional Practice Conference
William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Bill has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, a Visiting Scholar at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, a Visiting Professor of Psychology at Keio University in Tokyo and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and he has given lectures and workshops in 16 other countries. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and nine books. His texts, Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd ed. (2007, co-authored with John Cooper and Tim Heron) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, 10th ed. (2013), have been translated into several foreign languages. Awards recognizing Dr. Heward’s contributions to education and behavior analysis include the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 25. A Past President and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dr. Heward’s research interests include “low-tech” methods for increasing the effectiveness of group instruction in inclusive classrooms and adaptations of curriculum and instruction that promote the generalization and maintenance of newly learned knowledge and skills.
About this presentation:
We behavior analysts have a lot to offer society. But in our eagerness to share the marvels of our science with clients and professionals in other fields, we too often act in ways that hamper its effectiveness and widespread adoption. Misguided actions by behavior analysis practitioners are akin to three basic fertilizer errors by backyard gardeners: too much, too little, and the wrong kind. Examples of type of mistake and their ethical implications will be presented and suggestions of what to do instead offered.
Upon completion of this presentation attendees will be able to:
• Give an example of each of the three kinds of mistakes described in this presentation (too much, too little, wrong kind) and relate each example to the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
• State at least six actions behavior analysts can take to replace our mistake-prone behavior with more effective ways of interacting with clients, colleagues, and community.
• Describe a recent mistake in his or her own work as a behavior analyst and outline a plan to replace it with more effective behavior.