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Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128140987, 9780128140994

Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

1st Edition

Authors: Matthew T. Brodhead David J. Cox Shawn P. Quigley
Paperback ISBN: 9780128140987
eBook ISBN: 9780128140994
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th July 2018
Page Count: 132
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to ABA, Ethics and Core Ethical Principles
2. Contextual Factors that Influence Ethical Decision-Making
3. Creating Behavioral Systems to Support Ethical Behavior in Autism Treatment
4. Scope of Competence
5. Evidence-based Practice
6. Interdisciplinary Collaboration
7. Common Errors and Mistakes Made During Ethical Analyses and Application


Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder is for behavior analysts working directly with, or supervising those who work with, individuals with autism. The book addresses important topics such as the principles and values that underlie the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s ® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, and factors that affect ethical decision-making. In addition, the book addresses critical and under-discussed topics of: scope of competence; evidence-based practice in behavior analysis; how to collaborate with professionals within and outside one’s discipline; and how to design systems of ethical supervision and training customized to unique treatment settings. Across many of the topics, the authors also discuss errors students and professionals may make during analyses of ethical dilemmas and misapplications of ethical codes within their practice.

Key Features

  • Reviews core ethical principles
  • Discusses factors that affect ethical decision-making
  • Describes how to create systems for teaching and maintaining ethical behavior
  • Discusses how to identify your own scope of competence in autism treatment
  • Describes the process of evidence-based practice and how it can be applied to behavior-analytic treatment for autism
  • Discusses the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and how to be a good collaborator
  • Reviews common mistakes students and supervisors make when analyzing ethical dilemmas, along with common misapplications of ethical codes


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


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About the Authors

Matthew T. Brodhead

Matt Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Like many before him, his interests in behavior analysis and autism began at Croyden Avenue School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Raised in Harbor Springs, Michigan, he has an undying passion for spending time in the great outdoors, especially with his loving wife and adventurous daughter. When he can’t get outside, he enjoys listening to and playing music, and in a previous life, he used to tour with a funk band.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

David J. Cox

David J. Cox, M.S.B., BCBA, is a Ph.D. Candidate in Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida. David has worked clinically related to autism and behavior analysis since 2006. He has published 13 peer-reviewed articles related to ethics, choice behavior, and verbal behavior. His research focuses on furthering a basic understanding of complex choice behavior, the multiple control of verbal behavior, and how those areas of knowledge can be applied to change health behavior and ethical behavior. David will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in July of 2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, Behavioral Health and Technology Research Clinic, University of Florida

Shawn P. Quigley

Shawn Quigley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the Senior Director of Clinical Services and Professional Development at Melmark, PA. Dr. Quigley has supported individuals with developmental disabilities in various capacities over the last 15 years. He has a passion to support the behavior analytic profession through service, research, teaching, and clinical work. In his spare time he can be found enjoying food, sporting events, and the outdoors with his wife and four children.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training, Melmark, Berwyn, PA USA