Conferences & Meetings

VtABA presents an ethics update and workshop provided by the BACB for 3 CEUs. VtABA will also hold their annual meeting during the event. 

Attendance at the meeting is strongly encouraged as the schedule of events and housekeeping, including CEU collection, will be outlined.

VtABA invites you to attend the annual meeting portion of the event. We will present what we've been working on in the past year, including our budget, and preview what's to come in the year ahead. We also invite member's input on what you would like to see the board do. Members that attend the meeting will be entered for a drawing for A Workbook in Behavioral Systems Analysis and Ethical Behavior by Matthew T. Broadhead,BCBA-D, PHD.

Invited Address: An Update from the BACB Ethics Department

Presenters: Tyra P. Sellers, J.D., Ph.D., BCBA-D •Affiliated with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®

CEUs: 1 Ethics

Abstract:In this presentation, we will discuss the history of ethics requirements and content from the BACB. We will review the process followed for updating the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. In addition, we will review current ethics requirements for certificants.

Invited Workshop: Reporting Ethics Violations to the BACB: A How-To Workshop

CEUs: 2 Ethics

Presenters: Sarah Lichtenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Holly Seniuk, Ph.D., BCBA-D •Affiliated with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®

Abstract:It may be necessary at some point for a BACB certificant to submit a Notice of Alleged Violation against others to the Ethic’s Department. Navigating these systems can be stressful and certificants may not have received any instruction or coaching on the logistics of reporting to the BACB. In this hands-on workshop, we will walk attendees through the systems related to reporting others and responding when named as the subject of a Notice of Alleged Violation. We will provide information about what to do before reporting (e.g., how to comply with 7.02 of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, how to proceed when there are concerns regarding an RBT) and the various pathways for reporting. We will describe the steps involved in reporting and responding, the possible routes and outcomes for a notice, and the appeal process. In this workshop we will use generic case examples, modeling, and role playing to explore the relevant systems.

Learn About our Presenters!

Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Ethics at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. Her professional and research interests focus on professional ethics, training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, variability, and verbal behavior. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities in a wide variety of settings. Tyra has served as a board member in various positions, for the Utah Association of Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on the editorial board for two journals.

Sarah Lichtenberger, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Ethics Educational Manager for the Ethics Department at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a BA in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and a PhD in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic. She has 10 years of clinical experience working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, specifically with a focus in early intervention and severe problem behavior.

Holly Seniuk, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA is the Ethics Disciplinary Manager at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Seniuk graduated with her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Williams and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2010. Dr. Seniuk has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton where she developed an undergraduate level behavior analysis program and as the Project Coordinator for the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, working on the Facility-Wide PBIS Project providing behavioral systems support to residential juvenile corrections and youth mental health facilities as well as youth parole. She has over 13 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings including early intervention, schools, mental health, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Seniuk has served on numerous boards and committees including the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis, Atlantic Provinces Association for Behavior Analysis, Behaviorists for Social Responsibility, and the Coalition of Behavioral Science Organizations Climate Change Task Force.

January 22, 202112:00 pm-4:00 pmOnline Event
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