HomeBxLogDana Do'sDana Do’s: Tips for Exam Questions About Ethics Dana Do’s: Tips for Exam Questions About Ethics January 18, 2024 There is a difference between ethical decision-making in practice, versus ethical decision-making in test question scenarios. This, in my opinion, is what makes ethics so difficult on the exam. What a professional would do in an ethical dilemma versus answering a test question about an ethical dilemma can be very different. The code tells us we should follow the spirit and letter of the ethics code. That means we must both understand the code’s real intent (the law of it, so to speak), but also the spirit of the code which means having a more social, compassionate, heartfelt understanding when it comes to looking at what may be defined as unethical behavior. This means looking at function. In practice, this is less complicated because we have the contextual information. We can look at ethical dilemmas both functionally and topographically. For example, a multiple relationship: topographically unethical, but functionally, what if there is no choice? What if treatment is necessary? Is that still unethical? By looking at the dilemmas in letter and spirit, we incorporate fairness, objectivity, and compassion. But what about test questions that don’t offer much context around circumstances or function? In that instance, there is no flexibility of letter and spirit, as the code states. This is important to know for how to handle these scenarios on the actual exam. Consider looking at ethics exam questions as black and white. A multiple choice test question is limited to the parameters of the information within that question and the four answer choices. There is no added context, the intention, or circumstance. In that case, don’t assume anything. Focus on the letter. That is the law of the code. Unless, the spirit is provided, the contextual variables could or would change how code items may be enforced. On your exam, veer on the conservative side of ethical decision-making. Multiple relationships: discouraged and should be avoided. Period. Receiving a gift over $10: unethical. Period. Abruptly disrupting services: unethical. As a practitioner, we get the luxury of being more flexible, looking at the spirit of these dilemmas. However, professional exams don’t always line up with what being a professional fully looks like. For that reason, and because there is potentially limited contextual information on the exam, it may be better to assess the ethical behavior described in the question from a more conservative perspective. EthicsMiniBig E & ISection EStudy Manual Related Content Dana Do's: Tips for Exam Questions About Ethics There is a difference between ethical decision-making in practice, versus ethical decision-making on test question scenarios. Dana Do's: Cracking the Ethics Code on Consent vs. Assent The ethics code asks behavior analysts to obtain informed consent before starting a treatment plan. But…what does that entail? PTB co-founder Dana Meller breaks down informed consent, assent, and the ethics elements you need to know. Refer to BCBA® Task List (5th ed.) Code Section E- 2.11 Obtaining Informed ConsentA Black Behaviorist & A White Behaviorist Walk into a (fill in the blank) Originally live streamed as a CEU for Ethics on Behavior Live (Task List Section E: Behave in accordance with the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts) , "A Black Behaviorist and a White Behaviorist Walk into a (fill in the blank)“, is a discussion about race, intersectionality, and the importance of a partnership between black and white women. Beware of Exam Dumps: Safeguard Your BCBA® Journey PTB co-founder Dana Meller sheds light on the concept of exam dumps with tips to identify them, and how they relate to the Code. Refer to BACB® Ethics Code For Behavior Analysts Sections 1.01: Being Truthful; 1.02: Conforming with Legal and Professional Requirements; and 1.16: Self-Reporting Critical InformationLet's Break Down a BCBA® Mock Exam Ethics Question: What's the Magic Number? The Ideal Supervisory Load PTB co-founder Dana Meller reviews a BCBA® mock exam question about an ethical consideration for behavior analysts. Discover the significance of independent decision-making to ensure client well-being. Refer to BACB® Ethics Code For Behavior Analysts Section 4.03: Supervisory Volume (see 1.02, 1.05, 2.01)Let's Break Down a BCBA® Mock Exam Question: Flex Your Ethics Muscles ➠ How Well Do You Know the Code? PTB co-founder Dana Meller explores the main sections of the Code (4th edition BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts), explaining each section's significance and the ethical responsibilities. Refer to the 4th Edition BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts: All Sections Dana Do's: How to Know if Your Study Activities are Effective How do you know if your BCBA® study activities are effective? PTB co-founder Dana Meller shares some key analysis that may help BCBA® exam candidates assess efficacy.Dana Do's: Careful About Getting Creative With Mock Exams PTB co-founder cautions candidates about using the actual BCBA® exam as a mock exam, listing all the reasons why you might want to reconsider getting creative with your mock exam prep experience.Dana Do's: Warning. Be Careful of Extremes. PTB co-founder Dana Meller sends an important warning for test takers. Watch out for extremes in exam questions and answer options.Dana Do's: How to Use Mock Exams in Your Study Plan I was recently asked if mock exams are useful in predicting how someone will do on the actual big exam. And, is repeating the same mock exam an effective study … Dana Do’s: Tips for Exam Questions About Ethics Read MoreDana Do's: What are the Markers of a Good Supervisor? PTB co-founder Dana Meller identifies the markers of being a good supervisor. BCBA® Task List (5th ed.) Section I-8: Evaluate the effects of supervision (e.g., on client outcomes, on supervisee repertoires). MiniBig PTB MiniBig: Fast, Flexible, and Focused Exam Prep The PTB MiniBig enables BCBA® exam prep candidates to tailor their study needs by popping in on single sessions of the intensive PTB Big Exam Prep Workshop. Each 3.5-hour session, focused on specific sections of the Task List, includes a mock exam followed by real-time, live, interactive feedback and access to live session replays, without committing to the full workshop.Test Your ABA Ethics Terminology ➠ Multiple Relationships At all costs, avoid multiple relationships. Refer to BACB® | Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts | Section 1.11: Multiple RelationshipsTest your ABA Ethics ➠ Practicing Within Scope of Competence Test your ABA Ethics Knowledge with PTB co-founder Dana Meller reviewing the ethics behind practicing within one’s scope of competence. Refer to BCBA® Task List (5th ed.) Section E-1: Responsible conduct of behavior analysts BACB® Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts: Section 1.05: Practicing Within Scope of Competence Lecture Series - Section I - 24hr Access Section I: Personnel Supervision Management Duration: 34 min This lecture exclusively covers the 8 tasks within Section I of the 5th Edition Task List.Lecture Series - Section E - 24hr Access Section E: Ethics Duration: 2 hr, 34 min This lecture exclusively covers the 6 tasks within Section E of the 5th Edition Task List. This lecture is divided into 3 chapters: Some Things We Think You Should Know; The Code; and Code Enforcement Procedures.Get the Scoop: What You Need to Know About the BACB’s Transition to the 6th Edition You may have heard horror stories about the last BACB transition from the 4th to the 5th edition Task List. Not without good reason, too. The 5th edition brought changes to the supervision requirements, an increase to the number of test questions, and the introduction of the Ethics Code. Luckily, this time around won’t be such a shake up. Candidates caught on the cusp of this transition will be relieved to know that most of the updates are minor. Many find these transitions intimidating and overwhelming because they think they’ll have to learn an entire list of new information. Thankfully, that’s not the case. Think of it as more of a restructuring, rather than a total revamp.What Is a BCBA® Certification and Why Get One? The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® exam (or, BCBA® exam) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB).Beat the Odds: Factors that Impact Performance on the BCBA® Exam Though the exam may be difficult, it’s not impossible to achieve a passing score. There are several ways students can improve their chances and beat the odds. The right preparation is essential.How Hard is it to Pass the BCBA® Exam? The question every future BCBA® inevitably asks: how hard is it to pass the BCBA® exam? If you’ve heard the stories or seen the data, then you know the exam has a reputation for being difficult. Ask around and you’ll likely hear that it’s sort of like running a marathon. But barefoot, on broken glass, in a giant corn maze, guarded by storm troopers and you can’t remember where you left your lightsaber…oh, and your headphones just died. Dana's Do's: Struggling with ABA Jargon? Watch This. The clinical jargon of ABA can be one of the most intimidating parts of BCBA® exam prep. However, as PTB co-founder Dana Meller explains, understanding the source material like textbooks and literature— no matter how dense they may be— is imperative for exam day success. Dana Do's: What Do Philosophical Assumptions Got To Do With It? It often feels like the board is asking candidates to study concepts you may never use in practice. PTB co-founder Dana Meller explains why that's actually inaccurate. The philosophical assumptions underlying the science of behavior analysis is so much more integral than just passing the big exam.Desk Yoga: 7 Stretches for Your Next Study Session Long days and even longer study sessions, can leave your back and neck feeling stiff. Luckily, PTB has just the thing: 7 desk-friendly, do-anywhere yoga moves. While it can’t replace your regular yoga routine, these stretches can help you reset your mind and body when you’re glued to your desk (or couch, or kitchen chair). 5 Foods to Boost Brainpower While Studying #1 Green tea You’d be hard pressed to find an ABA student who isn’t reaching for caffeine in one form or another. Try sipping on green tea the next time … Dana Do’s: Tips for Exam Questions About Ethics Read MoreDana Do's: What Would Cooper Do? PTB co-founder offers a new approach to reframing your mindset when answering questions on the BCBA® exam that may help you beat the odds. Dana Do's: What Chaining Method to Use When? The books don't really say much about what chaining methods BCBA's should apply to what behaviors. PTB co-founder Dana Meller breaks it down. Refer to BCBA® Task List (5th ed.) 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PTB has compiled a must-have list of study supplies so you can stock up on your next … Dana Do’s: Tips for Exam Questions About Ethics Read MoreDana Do's: How to Decode the Code PTB co-founder Dana Meller suggests that memorizing the sections of the BACB® Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts will in fact help you make correct discriminations when prepping for the BCBA® exam. Dana Do's: Why BCBA® Retaker Odds are Lower There's a danger of studying only the score report. PTB co-founder Dana Meller offers insight on why it's important to study like a test virgin.Dana Do's: That Feeling of Freaking Out Over the BCBA® Exam Everyone feels like they won't pass the BCBA® exam, not just you. PTB co-founder Dana Meller talks about the experiences her students share as they prep for the exam. And surprise surprise, you are not alone in feeling scared, dealing with the pressures of everyday life, and trying to negotiate so many variables. If that's you and you're struggling, the good news is that it's temporary. And the payoff, that is fantastic.Dana Do's: Imagine the Task List is a Jigsaw Puzzle PTB cofounder, Dana Meller treats the task list like a puzzle, and so should you. Like a puzzle, all the task list items are interconnected. To be exam ready, you need all the pieces, and every piece needs to be in place. Dana Do's: Looking at the World Behavior Analytically Why should you look at the world behavior analytically? Because it will help you build ABA fluency.Dana Do's: How to Optimize Memorization PTB Co-founder Dana Meller reinforces the importance of memorization and offers some practical, empirically validated tips for memorizing the task list.Dana Do's: Get Your M.A.C. Skills Together PTB co-founder Dana Meller offers a key to building fluency and BCBA® exam readiness. Memorization. Application. Comprehension. 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