1.01 Reliance on Scientific Knowledge.
“Behavior analysts rely on professionally derived knowledge based on science and behavior analysis when making scientific or professional judgments in human service provision, or when engaging in scholarly or professional endeavors.”BACB Code 1.01
First post of the series!! What what!
Okay, I am here to EDUCATE OTHERS in my own way. In order for me to do this, I gotta be real with my current and future Behavior Technicians, Behavior Analysts, assistants, Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), ABA Therapists, whatever you call yourself in your area, if you are in the FIELD of ABA, then you should know this!
We do not have to limit it to professionals in the field by any means, I think that caregivers or anyone who is dealing with ABA therapy and BCBAs should know that these are the codes we are supposed to be practicing by. You can report a BCBA or ABA company for not abiding by these codes, or even the therapist that is working on the case. RBTs do have a separate but similar code that you can find HERE. With therapists, it is best to follow chain of command and report to their immediate supervisor first, but you can also report higher if you choose to. Please read the Considerations for Reporting before doing so. Should you feel the need to continue to report someone, visit the ABA Ethics Hotline. If you would like more information on Ethics in the field of Behavior Analysis, please visit the BACB.
It is important to note that Behavior Analysts and related professionals are supposed to live and breathe this code that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board put into place to ensure there are well-defined systems that can balance out right from wrong. It’s really great actually, I’m not here to discredit our code by any means. If you haven’t heard about it, you can check it out HERE!
I’m really determined to explain these different codes as real as possible so that you can understand it because another thing our field likes to do is MAKE SHIT COMPLICATED! (Honestly, we use so many big words for no reason!)
Anyway, the first code is exactly what you read above, but what exactly does that mean?
All it really means is before you provide services to anybody or engage with other people in the field, make sure that you are basing your shit on facts! Don’t go into conversations or planning treatment making shit up because you think it might work or because you saw it on a TV show. I get that research essentially begins this way, with a new thought, but you have to do just that FIRST. You have to conduct the research and test your theories, get it published, follow all of the procedures necessary, before we can say that you are discussing an evidenced based procedure.
A helpful tip with this is to think of an idea and then go and consult the literature or vice versa, it doesn’t matter, as long as you check that what you are thinking for treatment is based on evidence. The biggest thing in the field of Behavior Analysis is essentially the endless creativity we can have, within the boundaries of our code. I often times read different articles in relation to what I want to know more of and then think of a way that I can adapt that to my client. I also really love podcasts!! I listen to ABA podcasts such as The Controversial Exchange and ABA Inside Track! There’s many others though and I encourage people who do not like to read to try listening instead, better than commercials or a radio talk show. Continuous education is a huge part of our professional development. BCBAs are required to obtain at least 32 Continuing Education Units (CEs or CEUs) as part of their professional development before they are able to renew their certification. Another requirement is that at least 4 of those credits be in ethics and 3 of them be in supervision. Therefore, if you are obtaining these CEs or CEUs, try to focus on what you want to learn and make use of the mandated education!
Overall, YES we can stay professional, always basing our treatment on evidence and not just our own thoughts, (because that can get dangerous), but we can also have a ton of fun with it by being creative. In doing so, everyone can have fun while learning and making effective behavioral change and progress! Just another thought, make sure that your child is also okay with it, especially if your child is higher functioning, allowing them to be part of their treatment planning is another code to be discussed later, section 4.0 in the BACB codes if you would like to jump ahead.