Behavioral Systems Approach to Ethics Training and Professional Supervision

Professional and ethical behaviors are critical for high-quality care and consumer protection. By using behavioral systems, behavior analysts may increase the probability of employees engaging in professional and ethical behaviors because systems may describe “what to do” instead of “what not to do” when faced with a professional or ethical issue.  This presentation will discuss strategies for using behavioral systems for teaching and maintaining professional and ethical behavior in an organization, building and maintaining relationships in interdisciplinary settings, developing cultural awareness of employees, and defining scope of competency and boundaries of practice.


Matthew T. Brodhead is an assistant professor at Michigan State University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. His research examines behavioral determinants of response variability, choice, and independent social skills in children with autism. He also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. He is on the editorial boards of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior and Philosophy, the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts both nationally and internationally.

April 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Foege Auditorium (Rm S060) University of Washington