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What questions do you have about the ideas in the post?

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What questions do you have about the ideas in the post? What can you add to their ideas, building upon the connections you have made to the material so far? Your responses to other learners are expected to be substantive, referencing the assigned readings as well as other scholarly or professional literature to support your statements. End with a positive. 250 minimum words.

1. he case study I choose was situation 1:Jamie is a BCBA. For the past year, she has been working with children with autism, ages 5–8 years, in their homes. She enjoys her work, but it is tiring to travel from home to home. She was recently offered a job as a BCBA for a local nursing home, providing behavioral support to senior citizens with dementia. What are the ethical concerns with Jamie accepting this position (Capella, 2017)?

The issue I see regarding this situation is Jamie wants to leave her patients she been working with. These children become attached and comfortable with their therapist. This allows the children more opportunity to grow. As stated 2.15 (d) Discontinuation only occurs after efforts to transition have been made. Behavior analysts discontinue a professional relationship in a timely manner when the client: (1) no longer needs the service, (2) is not benefiting from the service, (3) is being harmed by continued service, or (4) when the client requests discontinuation (BCBA, 2020). The following guideline has to be obeyed if the therapist needs to exterminate the contract with the patient and supervisor. Guideline 2.15e) Behavior analysts do not abandon clients and supervisees. Prior to discontinuation, for whatever reason, behavior analysts: discuss service needs, provide appropriate pre-termination services, suggest alternative service providers as appropriate, and, upon consent, take other reasonable steps to facilitate timely transfer of responsibility to another provider (BCBA, 2020).

One option I can think of is scheduling the sessions. For example, one day visit the patients that live in or around the same area. Another option is maybe the patients can meet at certain location (office). If there isn’t a solution then as a professional you have an obligation to your patients. This means you have to stick to your schedule and assist our patients in reaching their goals. As a future BCBA I need to understand the ethical and principles to achieve the proper guidelines in assisting my patients, parents and peers.

2. Ethics is a very interesting topic because there are a lot of rules that can be overlooked. It is important to follow all the ethical codes because the consequences can be heavy. I reviewed case study 3 under the Applied Behavioral Analysis. In this situation, an older brother, Adam, is interested in being his younger brothers BCBA supervisor (Capella, 2020). As it is stated in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavioral Analysts, multiple relationship should be avoidable (Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavioral Analysts, 2019). Working with someone who are have a close relationship with can affect your job and how you think ethically. To resolve this issue Adam should advise his younger brother to find a different supervisor for his fieldwork. Although it might be hard to tell his younger brother no, it will be a great learning experience for both. This will help Adam and his brother stay in compliance to the ethical code for Behavioral Analysts. This will also provide the younger brother with a great example how to be an ethical BCBA. Adam can also refer his brother to a different BCBA he knows or works with. This would be a much better option because it does not go against have multiple relationships within the field of Behavioral Analysts. This relates to me because my plan is to become a BCBA. Although I do not have any siblings, I could have a different relative look for supervision hours and I would have to kindly decline. This topic interested me because it does not seem like it would be a big deal but it is. We always want to make sure we remain lawful to the code of ethics. Being ethically in our line of work will help us provide the best treatment to our clients.

3. A quote by Baltes states that, “Evolution and biology are not good friends of old age.” This is a great representation of the theory he suggests. Balte’s theory states that middle adulthood is characterized by a systematic set of gains and losses. Gains show them selves most markedly early in life, whereas losses are more present later in life (Broderick & Blewitt, 2020).

Children and adults both experience gains and losses, however. As a child you have a set of teeth that you lose before you can gain your adult teeth. Language acquisition is another example. Children are capable of learning and expressing many sounds that allow them to be more able to develop more language skills than an adult can. Over time, this skill becomes more rigid and makes it more difficult to learn new languages. Adults gain emotional and cognitive maturity as life goes on as they gather knowledge and experience. Loss is more evident later in life. Humans reach their developmental peak somewhere between the ages 18 and 30. Once we’ve peak, our health and biological functions slowly begin to decline (Broderick & Blewitt, 2020).

Many losses can be stunted through maintenance of skills. Many adults can help prolong their health and mental processes through various forms of exercise that promote their health. By talking regular walks or going to the gym an adult can continue to build muscle and positive affect their biological systems and discourage any kind of decline. Many adults will also actively take part in mind building activities such as reading regularly, taking classes, keeping up with the news, and active socialization that will increase their brain’s function and discouraging any mental decline.

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