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

Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

1st Edition

Authors: Matthew Brodhead Shawn Quigley David Cox
Paperback ISBN: 9780128140987
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 125
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Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder is for individuals working directly with, or supervising, those who work with autism patients. Introducing Western ethical principles, the book outlines strategies professionals can use to ensure appropriate ethical behavior. It addresses the implementation of treatments available, how to stay up-to-date on best practice recommendations, and how to effectively collaborate with professionals both within and outside one’s own discipline. The book will help readers understand how to avoid or mitigate instances that lead to dual-relationships, harm to clients, and other outcomes that are incongruent with the core tenants of moral and ethical principles.

Key Features

  • Reviews core ethical principles
  • Discusses interdisciplinary collaboration between autism professionals
  • Covers developing systems for the teaching of ethical behavior within clinical organizations
  • Examines conflict resolution when ethical issues arise


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

1. Introduction to applied behavior analysis and ethics, and core ethical principles
2. Evidence-based practices and evaluations of treatments for autism that lack an evidence base
3. Interdisciplinary collaboration with autism professionals
4. Boundaries of competency: recognizing one’s professional skills and when to refer clients to more qualified professionals
5. Developing systems to teach ethical behavior within clinical organizations
6. Contextual factors that may influence ethical decision-making
7. Conflict resolution when ethical issues arise


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About the Author

Matthew Brodhead

Matthew T. Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Brodhead received his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines from Utah State University. Dr. Brodhead has spent the last 8 years providing behavioral services to children with autism in private clinic, school, and home-based settings. His research focuses on developing social skills and independent play behaviors in children with autism. It also focuses on developing models for promoting ethical behavior in professionals who provide services to individuals with autism. Dr. Brodhead has published over 20 peer reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries on the topics of autism and/or ethical behaviors for behavior analysts, and he serves on multiple editorial boards, including Behavior and Philosophy, the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and the Journal of Physical and Developmental Disabilities. In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Brodhead has served as the President of the Ethics and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International), and as the vice-president of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Brodhead is internationally renowned for his work, having received invitations to present extensively within the continental United States, as well as in Canada and Brazil.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Shawn Quigley

Shawn P. Quigley PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training at Melmark, Pennsylvania. Melmark is a comprehensive multi-service agency, providing residential, educational and therapeutic services for children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries and other neurological and genetic diagnoses. Melmark’s varied programs promote independence, increased self-awareness and confidence while offering participant opportunities to make friends and develop personal interests. While completing his PhD, Shawn provided services to adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in community, school, and home settings. Shawn also worked in a residential facility specializing in the treatment of ASD. He completed a psychology postdoctoral fellowship in the diagnosis and assessment of ASD and comorbid disorders. Shawn also received a Master’s of Education with emphasis in human exceptionalities, often working with individuals with ASD in school and community settings. Shawn has provided services to individuals with ASD and other disabilities for over 15 years. Recently, Shawn and colleagues from multiple community agencies were awarded an Office of Autism Research Grant to develop research to evaluate outcomes of different training models for behavior technicians working with individuals with ASD. Shawn has co-authored journal articles focusing on ethics and behavior analysis, and has presented and organized numerous ethics and behavior analysis focused presentations at international conferences. He is a board member of multiple peer-reviewed journals and often reviews ASD research for other journals, too.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training, Melmark, Pennsylvania

David Cox

David J. Cox, M.S.B., BCBA is the Director of Research at the Behavioral Health & Technology Research Clinic at the University of Florida where he is also pursuing a PhD in Behavior Analysis. David also received a Master’s of Science in Bioethics with a focus in Clinical Ethics in 2010 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011. Clinically, David has provided ABA services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities for 11 years. During this time, he has provided in-home, community, and clinic based services and specialized primarily in ABA intervention for adolescents and adults with severe behavior. Ethically, David has served as a Clinical Ethics Consultant for the past 6 years in various ABA settings; founded and chaired the Ethics Committee at Creative Perspectives Inc., Autism Centers of Colorado; served as the Director of Ethics at STE Consultants in Berkeley, CA; and was instrumental in the foundation of the Ethics & Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. David has authored and co-authored several journal articles focusing on ethics and behavior analysis and has presented numerous ethics and behavior analysis focused presentations at regional and international conferences. In addition, David’s current research focuses on choice and decision making as it relates to verbal and non-verbal health related and ethical behavior. His areas of expertise and passions include: choice behavior, preference, decision making, quantitative models of operant behavior, behavioral economics, verbal behavior, and the application of the aforementioned to provide a behavioral account of ethical behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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