BCBAs have an ethical responsibility to provide effective treatment and an “obligation to advocate for and educate the client about scientifically supported, most-effective treatment procedures” (BACB, 2014). However, a lot of well marketed non-evidenced based practices, play on people’s emotions and desire to help their child / student. While some non-evidence-based treatments may be harmless, others can be extremely harmful and even abusive.

However, if others insisted on pursuing a non-evidenced based intervention, I would firstly ask how they think it would affect the child’s behavior. A risk of trying non-evidence-based practices is that it takes time away from effective treatment but to appraise the effects of the treatment, I would:

  1. Take baseline data prior to the intervention being implemented
  2. Take data throughout the intervention
  3. Compare and analyze the data to assess the effects of the intervention.

This will ensure compliance of ethical code 2.09(d) ): “Behavior analysts review and appraise the effects of any treatments about which they are aware that might impact the goals of the behavior-change program, and their possible impact on the behavior change program, to the extent possible” (BACB, 2014).

It is hoped that the other service providers and parents will then see the value of evidence-based practice.

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