A Behavioral Systems Approach to Ethics Training and Supervision with Dr. Matthew Brodhead

Dr. Matthew Brodhead, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Matthew Brodhead, BCBA-D, for a very workable approach to Ethics Training & Supervision!


Professional and ethical behaviors are critical for high quality care and consumer protection. By using behavioral systems, behavior analysts may increase the probability of employees engaging in professional and ethical behaviors. Behavioral systems may also help employees protect their own professional credentials and licenses. This presentation will survey the basic components of behavioral systems analysis (BSA) and how BSA may be used in practice to promote ethical behavior. Then, it will discuss examples of behavioral systems analysis, including a real-life case study in which BSA was used to remediate sanctions that resulted from a violation of the BACB Code. The presentation will also discuss strengths and limitations of systems that standardize decision-making, derived from cutting edge applied research. Finally, the presentation will also address ways in which behavior analysts may independently engage in ethical behaviors to protect their own credentials and licenses. Ultimately, this presentation aims to provide a pragmatic, solutions-oriented, and socially-valid approach to ethics that focuses on teaching employees “what to do” in certain situations, instead of using a punitive “how not to behave” approach.

About the Presenter

Matthew T. Brodhead is an assistant professor at Michigan State University and the Research Director of the Early Learning Institute. His research examines focused social skill interventions for children with autism. He also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. He is on, or has served on, the editorial boards of multiple behavior-analytic journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He is also the co-guest editor for the forthcoming special issue in Behavior Analysis in Practice on diversity and equity in the practice of behavior analysis. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts both nationally and internationally. Finally, he specializes in program evaluation for both applied behavior analysis and public school placements for individuals with autism.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify the core components of behavioral systems analysis.
  2. Participants will analyze existing environmental variables, pertaining to ethics, using performance diagnostic tools.
  3. Participants will develop a basic behavioral system to teach ethical behavior using behavioral systems analysis.
  4. Participants will identify ethical problems using behavioral systems analysis.
  5. Participants will name strategies to analyze one’s own scope of competence in behavioral treatment.
  6. Participants will translate the BACB Code into a customized process or organizational policy that meets their specific service delivery needs.

Number of CEU’s available: 4.0 BACB Learning CEU’s in Ethics

Cost to Attend: $79.99 (includes registration and CEU’s)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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