The Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s® Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB Code; 2020) guides the professional conduct of Board Certified Behavior Analysts® and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts®. As is standard in a professional code, the document is written primarily as a set of straightforward instructions without explicit reference to the historical variables that might be responsible for the development of the code items. This presentation will provide a brief primer regarding significant historical events and foundational documents that have led to contemporary professional ethics practices in the field of behavior analysis. Linkages between the historical variables and the BACB Code will be discussed. Additionally, novel ethical dilemmas in which the BACB Code might not provide explicit instruction will be analyzed with a focus on how to generalize the historical lessons learned to contemporary professional activities.
2 free BACB ethics CEUs