BCBA Ethics – Best Practices for Novice Behavior Analysts with Dr. Daniel Mruzek

Dr. Daniel Mruzek, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Daniel Mruzek, BCBA-D, for an expert take on scope of competence, conflicts of interest, and more.


Best practice in behavior analysis requires consistent adherence to the BACB Ethical Compliance Code. Though all behavior analysts must adhere to the Code, there are considerations that are especially important for the newly minted professional in the field, as she or he navigates the professional landscape. Those first few years following completion of formal education and certification is a time when the career stakes are high and professional reputations are established! In this interactive session, we will systematically address ethical practice with a special emphasis on those professional practices and ethical safeguards that give professionals in the early stages of their careers peace of mind and confidence that they are getting their career established on the right footing. Discussion will include exposition on our responsibilities as relates to hot button topics, including boundaries of competence, conflicts of interest, maintaining confidentiality and records, contracts and fees. Special emphasis will be placed upon recent changes to the Code and our responsibilities as professionals representing our field. Case examples will be used to stimulate discussion regarding these topics and related ethical challenges.

About the Presenter

Dan is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in western New York. He received his doctoral training in Psychology at the Ohio State University and is a former Program Director at the Groden Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been a researcher on several externally funded intervention studies, including controlled trials of an innovative toilet training method for children with autism that employs an Apple OS – based app and manualized intervention that he and colleagues developed. Dan has authored and co-authored more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on autism and other developmental disabilities, including chapters in the popular text, Making Inclusion Work for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Evidence-Based Guideand the APA Parent Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder. At URMC, Dan serves as a clinician and consultant, training school teams and supporting families of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities and works with several URMC research teams. He is a longtime member of the faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education. He is on the editorial board for the journals Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and is a “Top Ten” contributor to the Autism Speaks Got Questions? blog site for families and practitioners. Dan is a coauthor of two instruments published by Pro-Ed Publishers, Inc., the Developmental Assessment for Individuals with Severe Disabilities and the Adaptive Behavior Diagnostic Scale. He is a popular community presenter and has provided staff trainings with agencies internationally for more than two decades.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify key ethical considerations in the maintenance of records, development of contracts, and establishment of fees.
  2. Participants will recognize the most common challenges encountered in the maintenance of ethical standards, as well as a strategies for overcoming these challenges.
  3. Participants will demonstrate knowledge regarding strategies for preventing and ameliorating conflicts of interest and other threats to sound ethical practice.
  4. Participants will identify specific strategies for maximizing their adherence to the BACB Code of Conduct and maintaining professional practice.

Number of CEU’s available: 2.0 BACB Type-II Ethics CEU’s

Cost to Attend: $40 (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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