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 the professional and ethical compliance code parameters for registered behavior technicians (RBT) such as confidentiality and HIPAA, relationships with clients, and boundaries of competence. 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
Learning Objectives:
Explain the purpose of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board
Distinguish ethical behavior from unethical behavior regarding the health and safety of clients
Practice ethical behavior regarding the dignity of clients
Evaluate ethical standards as they relate to interventions with clients
Recognize ethical behavior in communications about clients
Practice ethical behavior when disseminating information about behavior analysis

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Rationale for Ethical Guidelines in Behavior Analysis A. Shari Ponders Her New Career B. Ethical Guidelines Help Guide Practice C. Ethical Guidelines Protect the Health, Safety and Dignity of Clients D. What would you do? E. The Impact of Unethical Behavior F. The Sunland Miami Case G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Responsible Conduct of RBTs A. A Word of Caution B. Knowledge Check C. Reliance on Scientific Knowledge D. Knowledge Check E. What Would You Do? F. Boundaries of Competence G. Boundaries of Competence When Implementing Interventions H. Knowledge Check I. Boundaries of Competence with Different Populations J. Boundaries of Competence within Different Contexts K. Maintaining Competence L. Knowledge Check M. Relationships N. Boundaries O. Knowledge Check P. Boundaries: Whitney and Jasmine Q. What Went Wrong? R. Use Understandable Language S. Knowledge Check T. Diversity U. Harassment V. Knowledge Check W. Leave Personal Problems at the Door X. Knowledge Check Y. Multiple Relationships Z. If Multiple Relationships Are Unavoidable AA. Exploitive Relationships BB. Knowledge Check CC. Integrity DD. Honesty EE. Case Studies in Honesty: Heather and George FF. Case Studies in Honesty: Martin and Angela GG. Unlawful Behavior HH. Following Through on Obligations II. Jim’s Dilemma JJ. Baby Shower Plans KK. “Your Mama is Ugly” LL. Review: Shari’s First Day of Work MM. Summary Section 4: An RBT’s Responsibility to Clients A. Human and Legal Rights B. Confidentiality C. Maintaining Records D. Behavior Assessment and Behavior Change Programs E. Knowledge Check F. Knowledge Check G. Review: Shari’s Eye Opening Experience H. Summary Section 5: An RBT’s Responsibility to Colleagues and the Profession A. Responsibility B. Promoting and Ethical Culture C. Disseminating Accurate Information about Behavior Analysis D. Review: The Conference E. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

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: entry, intermediate, and advanced level 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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