BHS203 - Ethics and Professionalism

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Subject Title
Ethics and Professionalism

Subject Description
This course is designed to introduce students to ethical issues in the practice of behavioural sciences. Students will learn about the standards set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in its Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. Through discussion, case studies, and scenarios, students will learn how these guidelines would govern their professional behaviour in terms of decision-making, professional conduct, and direct-client service. Ethical issues in client service will be discussed, including matters of confidentiality, consent, and implementation of intervention plans. Standards of professional conduct when interacting with colleagues (including supervisors, coworkers, and other professionals) will be examined. This will help to support student success upon entry into workforce and in preparing for placement. Throughout the semester, students will develop their own standards of professional conduct, and reflect on their own professional values.

Credit Status
One professional subject credit (Behavioural Sciences).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

General Outcomes: 
By the end of the semester, students should have an understanding of the ethical guidelines that govern the practice of those working in the field of behaviour analysis. They should also have begun developing their own code of professional conduct and set of professional values. 

Specific Outcomes: 
At the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • 1. Recognize how to work successfully with others in a professional setting (including co-workers, supervisors, and other professionals).
  • 2. Specify how to work effectively with clients while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • 3. Explain issues of confidentiality and consent.
  • 4. Demonstrate awareness of diversity and sensitivity to multi-culturalism in their professional practice.
  • 5. Identify and describe relevant ethical issues in hypothetical professional scenarios.
  • 6. Consider client safety and wellbeing and when making decisions around ethical issues.
  • 7. Understand the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct.
  • 8. Prepare an effective resume.
  • 9. Demonstrate effective interviewing skills.
  • 10. Develop a personal code of professional conduct.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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