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ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents, Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA: Ethics of Effective Advocacy



General Information

Title: Ethics of Effective Advocacy 

Presented By: Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Live Webinar Date:  Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability:  April 17-26 2020

Recording Closes at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)


    As behavior analysts, we believe behavior change can be achieved, whether it is organizational, individual, or systemic change. Changes in public policy at both a state and federal level in the United States have continued to impact the practice of behavior analysis in recent years (e.g., licensure laws, autism insurance, mental health parity). These developments have made it more important than ever for behavior analysts, and those impacted by these policies, to participate in public policy efforts. This presentation will discuss the basics of public policy from a behavior analytic perspective, review public policies relating to the practice of behavior analysis, and provide useful strategies to increase the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy efforts, while highlighting our ethical obligations along the way.

    Learning Objectives

    1 Identify questions to ask and answer when engaging in public policy activities.
    2 Idenfity useful strategies to increase effectiveness of grassroots advocacy efforts.
    3 Identify at least three ethical code elements related to effective advocacy.

    Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

    Dr. Amanda N Kelly ("Behaviorbabe") obtained her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Shepherd University as well as her master's in Behavioral Education and doctorate in Behavior Analysis from Simmons University. Dr. Kelly has experience working as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, school counselor, and a behavior analyst. Over the past two decades, Dr. Kelly has worked in home settings, public and private schools, residential placements, and community settings for children, adolescents, and young adults with social-emotional, cognitive, and behavioral needs, in both Massachusetts and Hawaiʻi. Dr. Kelly has served on several non-profit boards and committees including the Hawai'i Disability Rights Center, the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis, and Together For Our Keiki. In 2016, Dr. Kelly became the first Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Hawai'i. In 2019, Dr. Kelly co-founded the Distinguished Organization of Behavior Enterprises (DOBE) where she currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer (CCO). Dr.  Kelly has been recognized and praised for her dissemination and advocacy efforts, which have led to the passage of autism insurance and licensure for behavior analysts, most notably in Massachusetts and Hawai’i. Dr. Kelly has received several awards for her efforts: Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year (2012), Advocacy Group of the Year (2015), and Provider Advocate of the Year (2019). In addition to her expertise helping families and schools, Dr. Kelly's interests in behavior analysis extend to dissemination, public policy, and sustainable behavior change.

    Dr. Kelly does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM). 


    6:00 pm: Introduction
    6:05 pm: Webinar begins
    7:45 pm: Q&A session
    8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

    Credit Hour Information

    BCBAs: 2 ethics CEUs for viewing  LIVE or recording.

    • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
    • CEs not available for other professions

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