program design and evaluation unit 9 discussion

Ethics and Effective Programs

Your text describes many areas in which ethics should be applied and describes the various guidelines that govern the practice of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). In addition to these guidelines, behavior analysts practicing within organizations, as well as working with individuals, must abide by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB’s) professional and ethical compliance code.

For this week’s Discussion you should consider specific areas highlighted in your text and the BACB code to answer the following:

  1. In your own words, what are ethics?
  2. What are specific ethical concerns that apply to behavior analysis in organizations?
  3. Select one of the interventions or research designs you discussed during the term. Identify one of the specific codes from the BACB compliance code and describe how it applies to the intervention.
  4. Discuss the importance of ethics in creating and analyzing effective behavior analytic programs.

Peer Responses:

Review two of your classmates’ posts to assess the following:

  • Critique your peer’s discussion of ethical concerns in organizations. Include any additional considerations that he/she may have missed.
  • Add to each classmate’s discussion on the importance of ethics by including your thoughts on the role of ethics in organizations.

Reading and Resources

Your Reading this week focuses on ethics in behavior analysis and management. Your Reading will define ethics and the guidelines that govern ethical behavior in clinical practice. It will also highlight specific considerations related to Organizational Behavior Management (OBM).

You will also review the BACB professional and ethical compliance code which outlines the ethical guidelines for behavior analysts.

In the textbook read:


Visit the following website and review the BACB Code:

Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (2014). Professional and ethical compliance code for behavior analysts. Retrieved from


Daniels, A. C., Tapscott, D., & Caston, A. (2003). Bringing out the best in people. McGraw-Hill Audio.

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