CADS Speaker Series & Workshop

Annual Speaker Series & Workshop

CADS Speaker Series & Workshop



Centre for Applied Disability Studies

Speaker Series & Workshop


Supervision: Assumptions, Ethics and Best Practices


EthicsLab™ 2015: Analyzing Complex Ethics Cases Using a Seven-Step Model

April 24, 2015


Supervision: Assumptions, Ethics and Best Practices

Behavior analysis is attempting to develop its professional practices while growing rapidly and facing significant challenges from consumers, insurance companies, and related professions. The demand for well trained, certified or licensed behavior analysts is pushing our training programs to the limit producing more and more students and those graduates will need quality supervision in their practicum settings and on their first jobs. We have believed, for over a decade, that any BCBA was qualified to supervise but new regulations coming from the Board counter that assumption. Our Guidelines for Responsible Conduct describe ethical expectations for supervisors but they are not widely known or adhered to. The first half of the workshop will describe the brief history of the concept of “supervision” in ABA, describe its origins in clinical psychology, and offer an updated operational definition for our field. I will then review the relevant ethics items and describe in some detail the Best Practices that are being promoted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Participants are urged to bring supervision-related issues to the workshop for discussion and analysis.

EthicsLab™ 2015: Analyzing Complex Ethics Cases Using a Seven-Step Model

The second half of the workshop will present a seven-step process for analyzing complex ethics cases. This begins with an analysis of the status of the case and moves systematically through issues of risks/benefits, a consideration of the “players” involved and then the development of an Ethics Contingency Plan. Final steps involve tips for successful intervention and finally evaluation. I will present some cases and demonstrate the analysis and then open the workshop to cases presented by the participants. Participants will analyze cases they bring to the workshop using the seven-step model and will present their analysis to the group for discussion.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Outline the assumptions surrounding the concept of “supervision”.
2. Describe the ethics Guidelines supervisors are expected to follow.
3. Discuss basic Best Practices for ABA supervisors.

4. Describe the seven-step process for analyzing complex ethics cases.
5. Give examples of risks associated with trying to solve ethics cases.
6. Give examples of “players” that have to be taken into account in complex cases.
7. List key skills necessary to implement an ethics plan.
8. Construct an Ethics Contingency Plan for complex cases.

CADS is honoured to host:

Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D., BCBA-D received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1970; Mont Wolf was his mentor and major professor. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at FSU since that time and is now semi-retired as Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He is Director of the FSU Panama City, Master's Program in Psychology with a Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is a Fellow of ABAI and APA. Jon is Secretary/Treasurer and Media Coordinator of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, which he founded in 1980; he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, is a past-Editor of JABA and is co-author of seven books including his most recent: Performance Management: Changing Behavior that Drives Organizational Effectiveness, due out in 2014, with Dr. Aubrey Daniels. Other recent books include: Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 2nd Expanded Edition published in 2011 and 25 Essential Skills for Behavior Analysts, in 2010 with Dr. Mary Burch. Jon received the Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis Award, May 2005, from SABA and both the APA Division 25, Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award and the University of Kansas Applied Behavioral Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. He was an Expert Witness in the 2012 US District Court case of K.G. vs. Dudek where the Federal Judge ruled, “ABA is ‘medically necessary’ and is not ‘experimental’ as defined under Florida administrative law and federal law.” He will receive the APA Division 25 Distinguished Contribution to Applied Behavioral Research Award in August 2014.

Speaker Series & Workshop Details

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CADS is an Approved Continuing Education provider for BACB.

Participants are eligible for 7 Type 2 BACB/BCaBA CEUs - Supervision & Ethics (included with fee).

Date & Location

April 24, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
Brock University, Pond Inlet - 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines

Onsite registration - 8:00am

$175 per person - includes CEUs, parking, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! Thank you for your support.

Refund Policy

Requests must be made in writing before April 3, 2015 for a full refund. Requests made in writing after April 3, 2015 and before April 14, 2015 will be refunded 50%. Requests made in writing after April 14, 2015 will be provided a 50% certificate for an upcoming CADS event.




Dr. Jon Bailey

Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D

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