Ethics Committee Chair (2016-2018):

Natalie Rioux Tamayo, M.A., BCBA, Applied Behavior Consultants

Contact Information: nrioux@appliedbehavior.com

Past Ethics Committee Chair (2013-2015):

John Youngbauer, Ph.D., MFT, BCBA-D

Members:

  • Heidi Glesne, LMFT, BCBA (2015-2017)
  • Julia Shaull, L.C.S.W., BCBA (2015-2017)
  • Alba Novoa, M.A., BCBA (2016-2018)
  • Marla Saltzman, P.h.D., BCBA-D (2016-2018)

Download Ethics Committee Complaint Form

Mission:

In order to meet the CCBA’s mission statement of promoting the highest standards of behavior analysis, using empirically validated programs, and adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct, the Ethics Committee has been a foundational institution within the consortium. The Ethics Committee is dedicated to self-regulation of ethical conduct and consists of channels to address both formal and informal complaints. The Ethics Committee consults with and plays an advisory role to other CCBA committees to ensure all endeavors undertaken by the CCBA are aligned with the BACB Guidelines for Ethical Conduct. To alert the ethics committee of a complaint against a member of the CCBA, a written description of the alleged offense may be submitted.

The responsibility of the ethics committee of CCBA is to help assure ethical behavior on the part of its members. Tasks designed to assure ethical behavior include but are not limited to:

  1. Articulating ethical principles delineated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in the most recent addition of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (see BACB.com).
  2. Designing presentations and other learning events designed to educate members in professional and ethical behavior consistent with the most recent addition of theProfessional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (see BACB.com).
  3. Consulting with individual members and CCBA regarding ethical and professional practices.
  4. Determining whether the Ethics Committee of CCBA is the appropriate mediator for a specific complaint and whether the complaint falls within the purview of the Ethics Committee.
  5. Determining the proper course of action upon receipt of a complaint, which may include an investigation of the complaint to uncover the sequence and nature of events, which led to the complaint by seeking information from all parties involved.

Assessing the validity of complaints made in writing and signed by the complainant to the Ethics Committee by applying the most recent addition of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (see BACB.com) and the bylaws of CCBA.

The Ethics Committee will decline to review complaints when:

  • The complainant has not made an attempt to resolve the issue with the individual about whom the complaint is being made
  • Complaints are anonymous
  • Complaints are judged frivolous and intended to harm or harass a member
  • Either the complainant or the respondent are not members of CCBA
  • There is no provision in either the Ethics Code (which is relevant to the individual’s profession) or the Bylaws regarding the complaint
  • An ethics committee is not the appropriate mediator
  • Sufficient information to proceed cannot be obtained

In summary, upon receiving a complaint, the Committee may take the following actions:

  • Decline to review the complaint
  • Accept a stipulated resignation from the respondent
  • Dismiss the complaint due to lack of evidence
  • Dismiss the complaint because no violation was committed
  • Send an educative letter to the respondent with or without directives
  • Recommend reprimand or censure of the respondent with or without directives
  • Recommend expulsion from the organization with or without transmittal of the complaint and all documents therein to the BACB