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Ethical Standards/Boundaries of Competency

Evaluate one of the enforceable standards in the Ethics Code and how it applies to an area of your specialization. For example, students in the ABA track might chose to apply an enforceable standard to work with children who have autism. You should evaluate the Ethics Code and how each section on the standard you chose will affect the ethical decision-making as it applies to your chosen topic. In a one page section, please analyze the relationship between your personal values (beliefs, possible biases, morals, etc) and the professional codes specifically related to ethical decision making.

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(1) Evaluate one of the enforceable standards in the Ethics Code and how it applies to an area of your specialization. For example, students in the ABA track might chose to apply an enforceable standard to work with children who have autism.

Among the enforceable standards of the American Psychological Association's Ethic Codes to be considered by the applied behaviorists is ethics Standard 2.01 (Boundaries of Competence). The two principles partially cited in this standard that applies to the Applied Behavior Analyst's (ABA) performance in service delivery include:

Standard 2.01

(a) Psychologists provide services, teach and conduct research with populations and in areas only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, consultation, study or professional experience (Ethical principles, www.apa.org).
(b) Where scientific or professional knowledge in the discipline of psychology establishes that an understanding of factors associated with age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language or socioeconomic status is essential for effective implementation of their services or research (Ethical codes, www.apa.org).

As an example, an issue associated with this enforceable code are problems unique to disabilities such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (autism) in which individuals with the disorder often face discrimination. For instance, autism affects abilities such as social interaction with others, which leads to social isolation. Relative to other features of the disorder, autistic individuals incur "a range of behavioral problems including hyperactivity, short attention span, impulsivity, aggressiveness, ...

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This solution evaluates one of the enforceable standards in the Ethics Code and discusses how it applies to Applied Behavioral Analysts.

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