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~BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts~


1.0 Responsible Conduct of a Behavior Analyst

The behavior analyst maintains the high standards of professional behavior of the professional organization.


2.0 The Behavior Analyst’s Responsibility to Clients

The behavior analyst has a responsibility to operate in the best interest of clients.


3.0 Assessing Behavior

Behavior analysts who use behavioral assessment techniques do so for purposes that are appropriate in light of research.

(a) Behavior analysts' assessments, recommendations, reports, and evaluative statements are based on information and techniques sufficient to provide appropriate substantiation for their findings

(b) Behavior analysts refrain from misuse of assessment techniques, interventions, results, and interpretations and take reasonable steps to prevent others from misusing the information these techniques provide

(c) Behavior analysts recognize limits to the certainty with which judgments or predictions can be made about individuals

(d) Behavior analysts do not promote the use of behavioral assessment techniques by unqualified persons, i.e., those who are unsupervised by experienced professionals and have not demonstrated valid and reliable assessment skills


4.0 The Behavior Analyst and the Individual Behavior Change Program

The behavior analyst:

(a) designs programs that are based on behavior analytic principles, including assessments of effects of other intervention methods

(b) involves the client or the client-surrogate in the planning of such programs

(c) obtains the consent of the client

(d) respects the right of the client to terminate services at any time


5.0 The Behavior Analyst As Teacher and/or Supervisor

Behavior analysts delegate to their employees, supervisees, and research assistants only those responsibilities that such persons can reasonably be expected to perform competently.


6.0 The Behavior Analyst and the Workplace

The behavior analyst adheres to job commitments, assesses employee interactions before intervention, works within his/her scope of training, develops interventions that benefit employees, and resolves conflicts within these Guidelines.


7.0 The Behavior Analyst’s Ethical Responsibility to the Field of Behavior Analysis

The behavior analyst has a responsibility to support the values of the field, to disseminate knowledge to the public, to be familiar with these guidelines, and to discourage misrepresentation by non-certified individuals.


8.0 The Behavior Analyst’s Responsibility to Colleagues

Behavior analysts have an obligation to bring attention to and resolve ethical violations by colleagues.


9.0 The Behavior Analyst’s Ethical Responsibility to Society

The behavior analyst promotes the general welfare of society through the application of the principles of behavior.


10.0 The Behavior Analyst and Research

Behavior analysts design, conduct, and report research in accordance with recognized standards of scientific competence and ethical research. Behavior analysts conduct research with human and non-human research participants according to the proposal approved by a local Human Research Committee, and/or Institutional Review Board.


**Reference bacb.com for complete list