Breaking down the BACB Code for BCBAs 1.04

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, BCBA, RBT

1.04 Integrity

(a)  Behavior analysts are truthful and honest and arrange the environment to promote truthful and honest behavior in others.

(b)  Behavior analysts do not implement contingencies that would cause others to engage in fraudulent, illegal, or unethical conduct.

(c)  Behavior analysts follow through on obligations, and contractual and professional commitments with high quality work and refrain from making professional commitments they cannot keep.

(d)  Behavior analysts’ behavior conforms to the legal and ethical codes of the social and professional community of which they are members. (See also, 10.02a Timely Responding, Reporting, and Updating of Information Provided to the BACB)

(e)  If behavior analysts’ ethical responsibilities conflict with law or any policy of an organization with which they are affiliated, behavior analysts make known their commitment to this Code and take steps to resolve the conflict in a responsible manner in accordance with law.

– BACB CODE 1.04

It’s been a little while. Work really picked up and I’ve been so busy. Poetry is fast and easy for me so I’ve been writing a ton of that. However, let’s continue the series shall we?

BACB Code 1.04. Integrity. This can apply to every aspect of life. There are obviously multiple things that we need to look at in regards to integrity. Here’s the short version.

A). Be REAL! Don’t try to cover anything up. Be up front from the jump that way you aren’t lying about anything.

B). Don’t be shady. Don’t coerce people. Just do what’s right.

C). Be accountable. If you make an agreement, uphold it. The end. That’s how you should be in life. Unless, mental health you know. Then in that case, avoid making agreements you might not uphold!

D). References code 10.02 Timely Responding, Reporting, and Updating of Information Provided to the BACB. Follow the ethics code. If you see someone who is not following it or if you violate it, then it needs to be reported within 30 days to the board.

E). When you become a BCBA, you must commit to the ethical code and if your organization doesn’t follow this code, then you must try to work this out follow the order of commands pretty much.

Join me next time, whenever that will be, for code 1.05!

-Dear Perception

Breaking down the BACB Code for BCBAs 1.03

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, Autism, BCBA, RBT

1.03 Maintaining Competence through Professional Development.

Behavior analysts maintain knowledge of current scientific and professional information in their areas of practice and undertake ongoing efforts to maintain competence in the skills they use by reading the appropriate literature, attending conferences and conventions, participating in workshops, obtaining additional coursework, and/or obtaining and maintaining appropriate professional credentials.

BACB Code 1.03

One thing about this field and being a Behavior Analyst is that your education does not end once you obtain that certification. You have an obligation to maintain your knowledge base. As a field of science, there are variables always changing and you have to keep up with that.

Therefore, the BACB requires BCBA’s to obtain at least 32 CEUs within a two-year period in order to be able to re-certify. I will be the first to say, although this is a requirement, it is very easy to meet this goal and still feel uneducated.

Finding the right professional development for you to learn best is a must to be motivated to learn more about our field. I personally learn from everyone and everywhere. I love hearing the Autistic’s perspective on ABA and I love the reform movement. I also enjoy learning about the science behind our field, current things people are practicing, as well as listening to others disseminate our field.

Basically, this code means you need to stay up to date on what’s going on around you. Don’t learn something and stick with it forever. Always find room to grow and learn! There are tons of resources out there, take the time you spend on Facebook and social media, and find a site such as CEUEY or listen to podcasts. Sign up for free webinars through Verbal Beginnings and find other resources that are interesting to you and relevant to your practice.

Keep educating yourself and don’t ever stop. Knowledge is power and our power is to help our families and clients!

-Dear Perception

Breaking down the BACB Code for BCBAs 1.02

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, Autism, BCBA, RBT

1.02 Boundaries of Competence.

(a) All behavior analysts provide services, teach, and conduct research only within the boundaries of their competence, defined as being commensurate with their education, training, and supervised experience.

(b) Behavior analysts provide services, teach, or conduct research in new areas (e.g., populations, techniques, behaviors) only after first undertaking appropriate study, training, supervision, and/or consultation from persons who are competent in those areas

BACB

Alright, so here’s the second regulation within the BACB’s code 1.0 Responsible Conduct of a Behavior Analyst. I forgot to mention that on the last post. There are a total of 10 main codes with different regulations under each one. Yeah, we’re in for a ride on this journey!

To be honest with you, I had to read this twice. At first I was like, what the fuck, that’s the same thing, which it is but the part b is to acknowledge that your knowledge is NOT limited to just your current competency.

Let’s talk about it.

Part A: Don’t do anything that you don’t know. If you do not know why the hell a behavior is occurring or you have never dealt with challenging behavior or potty training or other skills, don’t do it. These are basic examples. We can talk about restrictive and repetitive behaviors, we can talk about severe behavior and multiple diagnoses, or self-injury behavior that is automatic. We can talk about how people are trying to reform the field, myself included. Life examples, we can talk about parenting or ballet (I’m not competent in ballet, I wouldn’t discuss it but I would listen to someone who it competent in it to learn more if I was interested!) We can talk about anything, as long as you are thoroughly educated and trained in it. If not, abort the mission, acknowledge what is within your own realm of knowledge and refer out as needed or seek advice. Thus the need for the next part.

Part B: As a field of science, it is continuously evolving and changing. Therefore, of course there will be new ideas and research that comes out. So part A of this code doesn’t limit you to only what you know. It doesn’t mean you can’t learn about something you don’t know and become competent in the area. Then you can go and provide services and your new knowledge to others. However, make sure you’re learning from someone who knows their shit in that area and not just YouTube. (Not judging, just saying, consult multiple sources!)

That’s it.

If you’re not competent, either get competent by other competent people and knowledgable sources or refer out.

My supervisees can attest to hearing me say on multiple occasions, “that’s not really my area of competency, you can discuss with your doctor.” Sometimes, it’s okay to not know.

Don’t forget to educate yourself.

Visit the codes at the BACB.

-Dear Perception

It’s Early AF (at least it was!)

anxiety, Autism, BCBA, RBT, thoughts

I’ve started working extra on the weekend because I just love my job so much! The sarcasm is a little real in that but in reality I really do love my job and sometimes my families can only meet with me on the weekends due to their own work and life. I like to accommodate as much as possible especially since I’m working from home, so who really knows what day it is!

Before I started my sessions today, I woke up super fucking early to make sure I at least looked awake before my meeting. However, my face is still puffy as fuck and I haven’t even finished my coffee because it’s too cold already!

T-10 minutes till meeting and here I am writing this shit because I can’t focus to save my life. In reality I wanted to talk about the limited resources that are available for people who would like to learn more about Autism, especially on Audibles.

After checking my bank account and seeing a charge for 17 dollars, I was really questioning how I never paused the subscription to audibles. My daughter used it for school during distance learning (online school because of COVID) and I completely never stopped the free trial. Therefore I have four credits to use and bet your ass I’m going to use them because I already got charged.

I personally do not even listen to audibles but decided since I have these free credits, maybe I could take advantage of that and grab a few books to listen to while I drive. I immediately typed in “Applied Behavior Analysis” and you know how many results I got, SIX! A whopping six audibles in the library and one of them I’m pretty sure was just a kid’s story about dinosaurs so that doesn’t even count! So I type in ABA and again a whole NINE results now. If you type in Autism, its 309 results. If you type in “love” or “advice” you’re going to get over 10,000 results. This is a problem to me! So I wanted to talk about it!

It made me sad to see that the resources that could really help people, such as audibles, are limited in my field. Podcasts are finally taking off, but they are mainly targeting professionals in the field, when we need to be putting out content that also helps PARENTS and other CAREGIVERS! Therefore, I am on another mission, I have a lot of those, to come up with EASY TO UNDERSTAND content for parents or caregivers who have children or loved ones on the autism spectrum.

I encourage other professionals to also create disseminated content for people who are either working with and/or raising children on the spectrum or even adults on the spectrum (that’s not my area of competency). After all, this is part of our codes, to ensure that the people who we are providing treatment for fully understand and agree to the treatment and one way to do that is by making our language easy to understand when explaining that to them. Don’t believe me: check out the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.

And truth be told, I spent the rest of the day earlier writing about my previous post, “Breaking Down the BACB Codes for BCBAs” that I completely never finished this one; mission has been started!

So here we are, about eight hours later and I started a new series disseminating our code just because of this post. Therefore, I still wanted to share this with you and let you know just how my brain operates.

Happy reading and enjoy your day! 🙂

-Dear Perception

I’m NOT here to FIX you!

Autism, Parenting

I live my life based on a few solid principles. This is one of them that can apply to my personal life as well as my career.

It sounds really rude however it’s not exactly what it reads to be.

What I mean is, I’m here to HELP you, not fix you. It’s not my job to fix you.

I recently talked with a co-worker about this and it was such a huge revelation for me to quote it in this manner. When people think of ABA therapy, they see it as 1). Potentially harmful (some people) 2). The go to treatment” to fix/cure/treat, children with autism. 3). What’s ABA therapy?


However, the reality is, we aren’t fixing anything and we definitely cannot cure autism or other disabilities.

In the field of Behavior Analysis, we are not here to fix your child or you or fix anything! ABA therapy is anything but a quick fix that is for sure. It is better described as a team effort that heavily includes the caregivers as a part of that team, and the main person, the person who is going through the treatment.

Therefore, when designing the programs to intervene in someone’s life, it is important to first identify their perspective on life. Something that may seem normal and easy to us may appear differently and difficult for someone else.

Take the time to step out of your world and get into theirs! It’s time to look at autism, disabilities, behavioral issues in a different light. It’s time to start looking at it from their perspective and realize life is different and that’s okay! Remember the principles of behavior and stay true to those as well but keep in mind what it’s like to be a human being. You can identify a function but the treatment put into place has to remember the barriers to treatment outside of 1:1 therapy (can caregivers replicate this?) and where the patient is developmentally as well as potential triggers in the environment

So take a day. It doesn’t even have to be a day, it can be an hour, thirty minutes, any time you can gather, and schedule time to relax and make life fun for your loved one! Not only are you working on establishing yourself as a POSITIVE person, you are establishing control with them so that they don’t feel that life always has to be hard, because for them, our “typical” life, is a little bit harder for them. Spend some time to give them a day off from trying to fit in and let them be themselves!

-Dear Perception