Leaders in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), autism, psychology, and business will share their expertise during the sixth annual Ethics in Professional Practice conference, co-presented by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) and the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College for the fifth consecutive year.
Scheduled to take place Friday, Aug. 3 in the Gerrish School of Business/Judge Science Center’s Klebanoff Auditorium, the conference will feature hour-long presentations by experts, including the Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Dr. Mary Jane Weiss, director of graduate programs in autism and ABA.
“A conference devoted entirely to ethics highlights the quintessential importance of ethics in the practice of behavior analysis."
Weiss is a member of the CCBS Board of Advisors, and she regularly attends meetings and lends her expertise to webinars. The CCBS is devoted to the dissemination of resources for the wide application of ABA to autism, behavioral safety, workplace accreditation, and serves as a resource for professionals, community members and the general public.
The center of Weiss’ presentation at the conference will be “Individual and Organizational Strategies to Increase Ethical Adherence.” Attendees will also hear from experts throughout the field, including Van Loan School adjunct Dr. Justin Leaf on “Avoiding Pseudoscientific and Non-Evidence Based Procedures Like Social Thinking and Social Stories: Making Correct Ethical Decisions.”
“A conference devoted entirely to ethics highlights the quintessential importance of ethics in the practice of behavior analysis,” Weiss said. “While ethics is often highlighted at conference presentations, it is rarely the sole focus. This permits attendees access to a discussion of ethics that has both breadth and depth, and that represents multiple points of view from a variety of experts. It also creates an opportunity to highlight how practitioners can work to protect vulnerable populations, strive to enhance service quality, and ensure state of the art understanding of our ethical mandates.”
Among the attendees will be students from Weiss’ week-long graduate class, “Ethical Issues in Behavioral Analysis” which culminates with attendance at the conference.
Tickets are going fast, but there will be an overflow room available at a reduced fee for interested individuals.