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Four Major Ethical Considerations in Implementing Intrusive Behaviour Programs

Posted by on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

4 Major Ethical Considerations – Download the PDF.


When: Thursday November 27th, 2014
Time: 8:30—4:30
Location: Oakville, Ontario
To register for these workshops, please contact: smg@safemanagement.org or
call 905-849-0967
Earn 6 CEU BACB Ethics Credits
The cost for this workshop is $199.00, lunch will be provided.


This talk will review the history of behavioral programming “philosophies” from the perspective of a 29-year, private-practicing, clinical behavior analyst in Ontario . The emphasis will be on a common clinical dilemma – when should intrusive techniques be implemented? It will be suggested that our his-tory has made it very difficult to resolve this dilemma due to shifting philosophies. It will examine in detail four major ethical considerations the behavior analyst faces when considering implementing intrusive behavioral programs in residential settings. First, environmental prerequisites of the consistent implementation of structured daily activity schedules (DAS) that afford adequate levels of attention, functional activity and op-portunities for learning skills will be discussed. Three years of baseline data and one year of intervention data will be present-ed about the level of DAS implementation in six residential settings servicing adults with acquired brain injuries. Second, standards will be suggested for crisis intervention training that require individualized physical intervention techniques that in-tegrate well with behavioral programs. The Safe Management Group Inc. program will be presented with emphasis on how it works with behaviour analyst programming and data regarding its effectiveness in training knowledge and performance compe-tencies. Third, agency-approved behavioral programming standards that are monitored by an arms-length standards re-view committee to insure program defensibility and quality as-surance will be presented. A 12-year agency system will be pre-sented with data regarding its results. And fourth, a hands-on standard for conducting behavioural programming assessments will be discussed with case results presented of one-day assess-ments of escape extinction of severe aggressive behaviour.