Chap 18 Using the declaration of professional services

Report
Chapter 18:
Avoiding the “Slippery
Slope” of Ethical
Problems by Using a
Declaration of
Professional Services
Overview
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Introduction
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Go over each section of the document
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Go over similar documents from the
psychology and the medical field
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Questions
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References
Wouldn’t it be great if
everyone followed the rules?
 To prevent ethics problems
from occurring, the solution
that the authors propose is
the use of the “Declaration
of Professional Practice and
Procedures for Behavior
Analyst?
Parts of the document:
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Area of Expertise
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Professional Relationship, Limitations and
Risks
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Client Responsibilities
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Code of Conduct
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Confidentiality
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Appointments, Fees and Emergencies
Area of Expertise
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Clients should know basic academic
information about you
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How long you have been in the field
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Specialty
Professional Relationship,
Limitations and Risks
What I do
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Explain basis for behavior analysis
services
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Work with clients and rely on client’s
input
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Treating client and others
Professional Relationship,
Limitations and Risks
Professional Relationship,
Limitations and Risks
How I Work
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Work to achieve important life goals for
the client
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Important to state to parents that we do
not make judgments about behavior
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We reach out to parents, teachers and
other individuals who are significant in
client’s life (with permission)
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We are not in the cure business and do
not guarantee results
Professional Relationship,
Limitations and Risks
Client Responsibilities
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Expect full co-operation, honesty and
involvement in clients treatment
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Honesty and accuracy of data
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Drugs and Medication that the client might
be on
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Include policy on keeping to appointments,
tardiness, etc.
Client Responsibilities
Code of Conduct
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Make sure clients are aware of the strict
Guidelines for Responsible Conduct
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Make a copy of the guidelines and highlight
key sections
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Direct them to the BCBA website and make
them aware of it
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Important to include a statement on gift and
invitation to personal events/parties
Code of Conduct
Confidentiality
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Inform clients that any information they
disclose to you will be kept confidential
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Inform clients of the limits to confidentiality
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Check local laws on abuse and neglect to be
included in your declaration
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http://www.nj.gov/dcf/abuse/how/
Confidentiality
Appointments, Fees and
Emergencies
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Spell out details on how appointments are
made, how billing is handled and how what
happens when emergencies occur
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Rule for phone calls-giving out cell phone
numbers? What rules do you have in place
for this?
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How is billing done? And state who should
be contacted if there are implications.
Appointments, Fees and
Emergencies
Discussion, Agreement,
Signatures, Date, and
Distribute
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The client and the behavior analyst should
sign the declaration
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Witness should be present to ensure
signatures are authentic
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Date document
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Provide a copy for the family and one to
keep in your files
Discussion, Agreement,
Signatures, Date, and
Distribute
Universal Declaration Ethical
Principles for Psychologist
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Respect for the dignity of persons and
people
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Competent caring for the well-being of
persons and people
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Integrity
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Professional and scientific responsibilities to
society
Declaration of Professional
Responsibility Medicine’s
Social Contract with
Humanity
Questions?
References
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American Medical Association, (2001). Declaration of Professional
Responsibility http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physicianresources/medical-ethics/declaration-professional-responsibility.page
American Psychological Association, (2008). Universal Declaration Ethical
Principles for Psychologist
http://www.apa.org/international/pi/2008/10/gauthier.aspx
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Bailey, J.S., & Burch, M. R. (2010). Twenty-five essential skills & strategies
for the professional behavior analyst. New York: Routledge Publishing.
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Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible
Conduct (new 4th edition)
http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=57

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