You are being interviewed as a consultant for employment. You have been asked to create a Declaration of Professional Practices and Procedures for Behavior Analysts and present a personal portfolio outlining your professional philosophy and values as a Board Certified Behavior Analysis.
This week you will complete the Declaration of Professional Practices and Procedures for Behavior Analysts Template and create a 16–20 slide PowerPoint presentation incorporating speaker notes to prepare for your mock interview. Use the following resources to prepare for this week’s assignment. Be sure to submit both your completed Declaration of Professional Practices and Procedures for Behavior Analysts document and your PowerPoint presentation for full credit.
Resource: Bailey and Burch (2022) p. 324-326
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Resource: BACB Code in the Required Readings
Highlight a minimum of two key points from each of the following areas in your Declaration of Professional Practices and Procedures for Behavior Analysts (provide justification for each of your key points in your Kaltura presentation including which BACB codes are being addressed for each). (7 slides)
- Client Rights and Responsibilities
- Informed Consent
- Privileged Communication and Limits
- Record Keeping and HIPAA
- Handling Multiple and Dual Relationships
- Handling Boundary Issues
- Length of Treatment and Termination of Services
- List your state Licensing Requirements, your Behavior Analyst Certification Board Requirements, and Salary Range (1 slide) (Texas)
- List three professional organizations (a mix of local and national) to which you would like to belong and why. For one of these choices, identify how this organization promotes the importance of incorporating diversity into the practice of behavior analysis. (1 slide)
- Include a reference slide and cite a minimum of three references within your personal portfolio. (1 slide)
1. AREAS OF EXPERTISE
(In this section you explain your area of expertise. This can be as long or as short as you want as long as the client is fully informed of your area(s) of competence.)
I have been practicing as a behavior analyst for ___2__ years. I obtained my degree in [applied behavior analysis] in . My specialty is ___working with children with autism in both pediatric and adolescent age groups_____ (e.g., working with preschool children, parent training, etc.).
2. PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP, LIMITATIONS, AND RISKS
(Please add content to each section below. Include a discussion of the following: Length of Treatment expectations and Termination of Services guidelines.)
What I Do
Behavior analysis is a unique method of treatment based on two ideas: (1) that most important human behavior is learned over time and that, (2) most behavior is currently maintained by consequences in the environment. My job as a behavior analyst is to work with behavior you would like to see changed. With your input, I can help you discover what is maintaining a behavior, discover more appropriate replacement behaviors, and then set up a plan to teach those skills. I can also develop a plan to help the client acquire a new behavior or improve your skill level. Some of the time I will be treating you directly and at other times I may be training stakeholders as well.
How I Work
As a behavior analyst, I do not make judgments about a person’s behavior. I try to understand their conduct as an adaptive response (a way of coping) and suggest ways of adjusting and modifying behaviors to reduce pain and suffering and increase personal happiness and effectiveness.
You will be consulted at each step in the process. I will ask you about your goals, I will explain my assessment and the results of my assessment in plain English. I will describe my plan for intervention or treatment and ask for your approval of that plan. If at any point you want to terminate our relationship, I will cooperate fully.
Please know that it is impossible to guarantee any specific results regarding your goals. However, together we will work to achieve the best possible results. If I believe that my consultation has become non-productive, I will discuss terminating it and/or providing referral information as needed.
Behavior analysts are mandated reporters, if we see anything that appears to be abuse or neglect, we are required to report this directly to the Abuse Hotline.
3. CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES
(Please add discussion of the following: How you will ensure Client Rights and Responsibilities are upheld, and how you will provide Informed Consent that is appropriate from the client perspective.)
I can only work with clients who fully inform me of any and all of their concerns. I will need
your full cooperation as I try to understand the various behaviors that are problematic for you. I will be asking a lot of questions and making a few suggestions and I need your total honesty with me at all times. I will be showing you data as part of my ongoing evaluation of treatment and expect that you will attend to the data and give me your true appraisal of conditions.
One of the most unique aspects of behavior analysis as a form of treatment is that decisions are made based on objective data that are collected on a regular basis. I will need to take baseline data to first determine the nature and extent of the behavior problem that we are dealing with; then I will devise an intervention or treatment with your consent and continue to take data to determine if it is effective. I will show you this data and will make changes in treatment based on this data.
I expect that you will treat me and my staff including my RBTs with dignity and respect. To do otherwise including verbal threats, accusations, cursing, making defamatory, sexually or racially charged comments may result in immediate discontinuation of services.
Under my code of ethical conduct, I am not allowed to work with you in any other capacity
except as your behavior therapist or consultant. If I am working in your home with your child, it is not appropriate for you to leave the premises at any time, you will need to be present to observe the treatment and to learn to apply it when we are not present. We are not allowed to provide transportation for your child at any time.
I will need a list of any prescribed or over-the-counter medications and/or supplements in addition to any medical or mental health conditions; this is considered private information and is kept strictly confidential.
I expect that if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment that you call as soon as you are aware of the change. If I do not receive 24-hour notification of your cancellation or you fail to show for an appointment, then you may be charged for the appointment.
4. ETHICS CODE FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS
(Please add discussion of the following: how you will handle Multiple and Dual Relationships, Boundaries, and Informed Consent from provider perspectiv
I assure that my services will be rendered in a professional and ethical manner consistent with accepted ethical standards. I am required to adhere to the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, for a copy go to BACB.com.
Although our relationship involves very personal interactions and discussions, I need you to realize that we have a professional relationship rather than a social one. According to my professional code of ethics, it is not appropriate for me to accept gifts or meals not is it appropriate for me to be involved with your personal activities such as birthday parties, or family outings. Please do not be offended if I say, “I’m sorry I am not allowed to accept this, but I very much appreciate the gesture.” [Modify this to suit your situation.]
If at any time and for any reason you are dissatisfied with our professional services, please let me know. If I am not able to resolve your concerns, you may report them to my Board using a Notice of Alleged Violation Form which can be found at BACB.com.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
(Please add a discussion of the following: Privileged Communication, Record Keeping, and HIPAA.)
In [Texas], clients and their therapists have a confidential and privileged relationship. I do not disclose anything that is observed, discussed, or related to clients. In addition, I limit the information that is recorded in your file to protect your privacy. I need you to be aware that confidentiality has limitations as stipulated by law including the following:
• I have your written consent to release information.
• I determine that you are a danger to yourself or others.
• I have reasonable grounds to suspect abuse or neglect of a child, disabled adult, or an
• I am ordered by a judge to disclose information.
6. APPOINTMENTS, FEES, AND EMERGENCIES
[In this section you will describe how appointments are set and how fees are charged. It may also be necessary to indicate who to contact in case of emergencies.]
Billing will be handled by our business office, please contact them if you have any questions.
A copy of this document will be provided for your records. Please sign below indicating that you have read and understand the information in this declaration.