The Ethical Considerations of Assent in the Development of Instructional Motivation – Group

CEUs: 3 Ethics BACB®
Presenter(s): Dr. Megan DeLeon Miller, BCBA-D, Emily Wilson, BCBA, LBA, CCTSI, Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA


Behavior analytic intervention programs frequently include the use of forced prompting to earn compliance with demands and reduce escape maintained challenging behavior. This approach is “effective” but raises ethical concerns relating to providing the least restrictive and most humane intervention that maintains the assent of the learner throughout the learning process. The purpose of this panel is to explore ethical considerations regarding the use of forced prompting and other extinction procedures by drawing from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Ethical and Professional Compliance Code (2014), Van Houten et al. (1988), and Pritchett et al. (2020). Each panelist will explore how which aspects of the 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control addresses these ethical considerations and share what modifications they have made to their own practices to ensure they are maintaining assent with learners in delivering behavior analytic services and developing a strong teaching relationship focused on instructional motivation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 1 benefit to using advancements in functional analysis technologies
  • Explain at least 1 ethical consideration regarding extinction
  • Describe the importance of maintaining analysis in developing behavior intervention plans
  • Describe at least 1 general guideline to follow when addressing challenging behavior
  • Describe the importance of maintaining learner assent during the intervention process
If you purchase this course you will earn 60 Points worth $6.00!


About the Presenters:

Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (pronouns she/her/hers) is Chief Clinical Officer of DoBetter Collective. Megan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education and Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University in 2015. Dr. Miller’s early training in behavior analysis occurred at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a volunteer/intern in 2003. Since that time, she has provided services to over 100 children diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Miller has taught courses in behavior analysis and special education as an adjunct professor for several universities. She has co-authored journal articles published in the Journal of Developmental Physical Disability, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She also co-authored “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control” with Robert Schramm, BCBA. Megan has provided over 40 presentations to numerous professional organizations around the globe. In 2018, Dr. Miller started the #dobetter professional development movement to improve access to training in best practices in the field of behavior analysis via a free online community, webinars, and a podcast.

Emily Wilson earned her bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Religion from James Madison University in 2011. She began working in the field of ABA in 2012 as a behavior technician.  Emily was so profoundly inspired by her clients and the impact of her work implementing the principles of ABA that she decided to pursue board certification a few years later.  In 2016 she graduated from Florida Tech’s masters program with a degree in Professional Behavior Analysis.  She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst later that year.  Beyond the BCBA certification, Emily has additional training and experience in a variety of subject areas, including Assent Withdrawal & Client Self Advocacy, conducting Functional Behavior Assessments in the home setting, Precision Teaching, Organizational Behavior Management, Motivational Interviewing, clinical prioritizing and problem solving, as well as instruction on how to implement several ABA-based assessment tools.  She is certified to provide Early Intervention services in Virginia.  Emily is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual (CCTSI).  Her behavior analytic practice is built on a diverse foundation of interests in the liberal arts and sciences. This is reflected in her clinical approach, which relies on a wide lens assessment to ultimately create a focused solution.

Robert Schramm is an American born, internationally renowned, consultant for education, parenting, and special education intervention, who has been improving the lives of children with and without disabilities and their families since the late 1990’s. Whether it was his work as a Special Education Teacher, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Inclusion Specialist or Behavior Analyst, Robert has been helping families, teachers, schools and other therapists for over 20 years! Robert became board certified as a behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2003. He has been the Lead Supervising Behavior Analyst of the German autism intervention service Knospe-ABA since 2004 working with well over 2,000 children. He has become a highly sought after speaker around the world due to the success of his books “Motivation and Reinforcement: Turning the Tables on Autism”, “The 7 Steps to Instructional Control” and “The 7 Steps to Successful Parenting.” Robert, and his team, have seen and done it all. Robert’s presentations and approach speak to people on a human level and offer guidance in all areas of parenting and education. Wildly popular, Robert now brings his trainings to an even larger audience though Robert Schramm Consulting. Now, you too can benefit from his experience in the comfort of your own home anywhere in the world. With watch-on-demand parenting and behavior analysis courses, online coaching as well as in-person workshops or home based consultation services, we will have the exact support you need.

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Course Presenter

Emily Wilson, MA, BCBA, LBA, Megan Miller, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA