E-2 Responsibility as a Professional ©

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Please note: The items in section E of the Fifth Edition Task List correspond to the sections of a separate document, the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (2020), which went into effect on January 1, 2022. There is no substitute for reading the code in its entirety and discussing it with supervisors/colleagues. The information contained below is just a short overview of each section. If you need ethics guidance about a particular issue, please make sure you are talking to a competent professional about your specific concerns.

This item actually covers Section 1 of the Ethics Code (yes, we know the numbers are confusing!) Section 1 of the Code includes Ethics Standards 1.01 to 1.16. In this section, you will find expectations about general professionalism – such as being truthful and accountable. 

What stands out? Practitioners and students may wish to pay particular attention to Ethics Standards 1.04 (Practicing within a Defined Role) and 1.05 (Practicing within Scope of Competence). 

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