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 David Cox Shawn Quigley
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 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

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


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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 (MSU) and the Research Director of MSU’s Early Learning Institute. 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’s research examines behavioral determinants of response variability, choice, and independent social skills in children with autism. He also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. Dr. Brodhead has published over 20 peer reviewed papers on the topics of autism and/or ethical behaviors for behavior analysts, and he serves on multiple editorial boards, including Behavior Analysis in Practice, 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

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 pursuing a PhD in Behavior Analysis. On July 1, 2018 David will begin serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. David will receive a PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida in August 2018. David 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. 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 8 years; has founded and chaired Ethics Committees at several ABA agencies serving individuals with autism; and was instrumental in founding the Ethics & Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. David has authored several journal articles on ethics and behavior analysis and has presented numerous ethics and behavior analysis focused presentations at regional and international conferences. 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 these to provide a behavioral account of ethical behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Shawn Quigley

Shawn P. Quigley PhD, BCBA-D is the Senior Director of Clinical Services and Professional Development at Melmark, Pennsylvania. While completing his PhD, he 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 individual with ASD and other disabilities for over 15 years. In previous employment Shawn was active in advocating for services for individuals with ASD, assisted in writing state criteria for ASD service delivery, and establishing ASD clinical services across the state of New Mexico. Shawn is active in professional groups that support the ethical and evidence-based delivery of behavior analytic ASD services. Specifically, Shawn is a board member of the Association of Behavior Analysis ASD Special Interest Group and the President of the Association of Behavior Analysis Ethics and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group. He is also active in other regional and international professional groups. In addition to personal clinical and educational experiences, Shawn has taught graduate and undergraduate courses specific to ASD, and supervised various professionals providing services to 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, Berwyn, PA USA

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