Ethics Potpourri: Philosophy, Research, Supervision, and Practice
Professional and ethical behaviors are critical for high quality care and consumer protection. But, how is ethical behavior taught, strengthened, and maintained? The science of behavior offers multiple philosophies and strategies to teach, strengthen, and maintain ethical behavior. For example, a behavioral systems approach may increase the probability of employees engaging in ethical and professional behaviors because systems may describe “what to do” instead of “what not to do” when faced with a professional or ethical issue. Furthermore, a systematic approach to ethical training and supervision may ensure behavior analysts provide culturally appropriate treatments, as well as practice within their boundaries of competency. During this workshop, participants will discuss ethical philosophies that guide decision making (Brodhead, 2019; Brodhead, Cox, & Quigley, 2018; Rosenberg & Schwartz, 2018), discuss strategies for teaching and maintaining ethical behavior in an organization (Brodhead & Higbee, 2012; Brodhead, Quigley, & Cox, 2018), discuss strategies for defining scope of competence (Brodhead, Quigley & Wilczynski, 2018), discuss strategies for building and maintaining relationships in interdisciplinary settings (Brodhead, 2015), discuss strategies for developing cultural awareness (e.g., Fong, Catagnus, Brodhead, Quigley, & Field, 2016), and considerations of ethics in research and practice (e.g., Quigley, Blevins, Cox, Brodhead, & Kim, 2017).
Presented at the 2019 Michigan Autism Conference
Shawn Quigley is the Senior Director of Clinical Services and Professional Development at Melmark, PA. He earned his doctorate degree in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. He completed a post-doctoral psychology fellowship with the University of New Mexico Medical Group. The fellowship provided Dr. Quigley an opportunity to conduct diagnostic evaluations in an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinic, support families and individuals with ASD, and help build capacity for behavior analytic providers. Dr. Quigley has professional experiences in many capacities from direct care to administration across many different entities. He has had opportunities to manage a federally-funded research grant; help develop county-level mental health service systems for adults and children; help develop state regulatory guidelines for autism services; and direct the development of clinical and training practices. These experiences have provided a strong foundation for understanding service development, regulatory requirements, scope of competence issues, resource allocation, and service delivery. Dr. Quigley has supported the profession through service on editorial review boards; publishing research; being active with regional and national service groups; teaching at multiple universities; and volunteering as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).