Due to an increase in research and clinical application of behavior analysis with individuals with autism spectrum
disorder (ASD), one setting a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) may work within is an interdisciplinary setting,
where multiple disciplines collaborate to improve the outcomes of individuals with ASD. In some cases, non-behavioral
colleagues could recommend nonbehavioral treatments, setting the occasion for the BCBA to offer an alternative treatment
to or question the nonbehavioral treatment. However, excessive questioning or critiques of non-behavioral treatments
by the BCBA may unintentionally erode professional relationships between the BCBA and their non-behavioral colleagues.
Because an erosion of professional relationships may occur when a BCBA questions a non-behavioral treatment, a
decision-making model for determining whether or not the proposed non-behavioral treatment is worth addressing may be useful. The purpose of this paper is to outline such a decision-making model in order to assist the BCBA in assessing non-behavioral treatments while maintaining an ethical balance between professional relationships and the well-being and safety of the individual
with ASD. Such a model could assist the BCBA in becoming familiar with the proposed treatment, understanding the perspective of the non-behavioral colleague and assessing the negative impacts the treatment could have on the individual with ASD. With this information, the BCBA will be in a better position to decide whether or not addressing the non-behavioral treatment is worth the possibility of eroding a professional relationship
Anne Catherine Denning is a BCBA and an ACE (Approved Continuing Education) Provider with Consultants for Children, Inc. approved by the BACB.
Anne has a passion for improving the quality of providers in the Autism Intervention category and is a Behavior Analyst. She leads cases and supervises RBTs, BCaBAs and BCBAs and keeps her content material relevant and based on recent research.