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A Workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128158937, 9780128158944

A Workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis

1st Edition

Authors: Darren Sush Adel Najdowski
eBook ISBN: 9780128158944
Paperback ISBN: 9780128158937
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th March 2019
Page Count: 260
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Those working within the field of applied behavior analysis encounter potential ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. While some challenges can be anticipated and appropriately addressed before they become unmanageable, oftentimes behavior analysts are confronted with unforeseen and novel situations that require immediate, yet careful attention. It is impossible to anticipate and plan for every eventuality. A Workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis presents over 85 real-world case scenarios commonly faced by individuals practicing applied behavior analysis. The examples range in difficulty and severity to address the unique challenges and needs of those teaching, practicing, or learning applied behavior analysis through ethics-focused coursework or preparing for the BACB® certification exam. In addition to case scenarios, the book provides detailed questions to facilitate discussion and critical thinking and offers suggestions related to the navigation of ethically precarious situations.

Key Features

  • Offers case scenarios addressing codes within the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB®) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts
  • Presents detailed question prompts to facilitate discussion and critical thinking
  • Offers suggestions on the navigation of ethical challenges
  • Discusses how to assess risk and devise ethically-appropriate courses of action
  • Provides the entirety of the BACB® ethics code for quick access and reference


Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), entry-level paraprofessionals who work directly with children with ASD. Centers for autism will be interested in purchasing multiple copies of this manual for those they are training

Table of Contents

Section I: Background and Preparation for Analysis of Ethical Case Scenarios
1. A Brief Introduction to Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
2. Using this Workbook
3. Suggestions for Ethical Decision Making
4. Examples of Completed Case Scenarios

Section II: Ethical Case Scenarios
5. 1.0 - Responsible Conduct of Behavior Analysts
6. 2.0 - Behavior Analysts’ Responsibility to Clients
7. 3.0 - Assessing Behavior
8. 4.0 - Behavior Analysts and the Behavior-Change Program
9. 5.0 - Behavior Analysts as Supervisors
10. 6.0 - Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to the Profession of Behavior Analysis
11. 7.0 - Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues
12. 8.0 - Public Statements
13. 9.0 - Behavior Analysts and Research
14. 10.0 - Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to the BACB
15. Complex Scenarios Involving Multiple Codes


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About the Authors

Darren Sush

Dr. Darren Sush, Psy.D., BCBA-D is an Adjunct Professor within the Behavioral Psychology program at Pepperdine University, and an Associate Professor within the Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Psychology programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, teaching doctoral and masters courses in ethics in applied behavior analysis and psychology. Dr. Sush is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst-doctoral, and has developed and participated in ABA-based services for children diagnosed with autism for over 15 years. He has presented at regional and national applied behavior analytic, and autism-focused conferences. Within his practice, he specializes in providing therapy for parents of children with autism and special needs, and writes with Psychology Today online, focusing on resources and mental health for parents of children with autism and special needs.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pepperdine University, Department of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Adel Najdowski

Adel Najdowski, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and Program Director of M.S. in Behavioral Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Najdowski has provided ABA-based services to children with autism for 20 years. Between 2005 and 2010, she led the development of Skills®, an online curriculum for children with autism. In 2014, Dr. Najdowski co-authored, Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. She has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in scientific texts, and articles in popular media. Dr. Najdowski has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and as a Guest Editor for a special issue in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her current research interests include teaching higher-order skills to children with autism and assessment and curriculum design for children with autism.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pepperdine University, Department of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, USA


"Instructors wanting to encourage their students to become more sensitive to current ethical issues, will find this new book by Sush and Najdowski is the ideal text; the scenarios ring true to real-world situations and the authors focus not just on topical discussion but take a focused problem-solving approach." --Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

"A Workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis is a goldmine for instructors in search of case studies for teaching ethical decision-making and makes a significant and timely contribution to the field of behavior analysis." --Matthew T. Brodhead, PhD, BCBA-D, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

"This workbook provides a tremendous resource for helping new behavior analysts work through commonly encountered ethical dilemmas. This will be a great asset in ethics courses and in preparation for the exam." --Linda A. LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D, LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting, Golden, Colorado

"Sush and Najdowski provide a comprehensive set of scenarios that represent the full range of ethical standards set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. The scenarios are realistic and relevant to situations a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® would likely encounter in his or her career. I especially like how the authors have structured the analysis of the scenarios in a behavior analytic format (e.g., analyzing the antecedents, behaviors, and consequences involved in the situation). The authors provide a behavioral skills training approach to the text by first providing models of how the practitioner should write answers to the provided scenarios and then providing space for guided practice to occur with a course instructor, supervisor, or mentor. I am eager to use this workbook with my own students and in my own instruction." --Stephanie M. Peterson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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