Professionalism and Ethics for RBTs

Professionalism and Ethics for RBTs 

Ethical dilemmas are everywhere. When you work with people who have developmental and behavior issues, it is important that those situations are handled in the best way possible. Knowing how to respond to different situations in a professional and ethical manner is not always clear. Fortunately, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® has outlined professional and ethical practice parameters for Board Certified Behavior Analysts-Doctoral™, Board Certified Behavior Analysts®, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® and Registered Behavior Technicians™. In this course, you will learn about ethics for the provision of behavior analysis services as outlined by the RBT® Ethics Code. You will also understand the purpose of having ethical standards for behavioral treatment. You will also practice decision making skills related to the clients you serve and the profession as a whole.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with F-03;F-04;F-05;F-06 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-PERBT
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish ethical behavior from unethical behavior regarding the health and safety of clients
Evaluate ethical standards as they relate to interventions with clients
Recognize ethical behavior in communications about clients
Explain the purpose of the RBT Ethics Code

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Rationale for Ethical Guidelines in Behavior Analysis

Shari Ponders Her New Career

Ethical Guidelines Help Guide Practice

Ethical Guidelines Protect the Health, Safety and Dignity of Clients

What would you do?

The Impact of Unethical Behavior

The Sunland Miami Case



Section 3: Being an Ethical RBT

Key Themes of the RBT Ethics Code

Core Values

Knowledge Check

What Would You Do?

Boundaries of Competence

Boundaries of Competence When Implementing Interventions

Knowledge Check

Boundaries of Competence with Different Populations

Boundaries of Competence within Different Contexts

Knowledge Check

Multiple Relationships

Knowledge Check

Knowledge Check

Meet Whitney and Jasmine

Use Understandable Language



Knowledge Check

Leave Personal Problems at the Door

Knowledge Check

More on Multiple Relationships

If Multiple Relationships Are Unavoidable

Exploitive Relationships

Knowledge Check


Honest Communication

Case Studies in Honesty: Heather and George

Case Studies in Honesty: Martin and Angela

Unlawful Behavior

Following Through on Obligations

Jim’s Dilemma

Baby Shower Plans

“Your Mama is Ugly”

Sarah’s Client

Review: Shari’s First Day of Work


Section 4: An RBT’s Responsibility to Clients

Human and Legal Rights


Maintaining Records

Behavior Assessment and Behavior Change Programs

Knowledge Check

Plans and Programs

Knowledge Check

Review: Shari’s Eye Opening Experience


Section 5: An RBT’s Responsibility to Colleagues and the Profession


Promoting an Ethical Culture

Disseminating Accurate Information about Behavior Analysis

Review: The Conference


Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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