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Behavioral Ethics: Understanding Why We Behave vs. Memorizing the Ethical Compliance Code



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Event Information

Dr. Frank Cicero

Friday, October 8, 2021 | Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording closes 10/18/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York) | You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the Recording.

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Most professional disciplines are guided by a code of ethics. As part of initial and ongoing training, professionals are required to learn their codes of ethics, thereby reducing the chances that they will break ethical codes in their practice. However, the concept of ethics is deeper than the memorization of ethical and compliance codes and requires a more complex understanding to ensure ethical behavior on the part of professionals. The current workshop will highlight concepts and works frequently overlooked in training programs for professionals by introducing the audience to the field of Behavioral Ethics. Behavioral Ethics is a concept gaining momentum in the business and management fields, but has applicability across professional disciplines. Behavioral Ethics, which is largely based on principles of social psychology and social learning theory, helps to explain why individuals are prone to making poor ethical decisions without intending to do so. Through a behavioral interpretation of the concepts of Behavioral Ethics, this workshop will open the discussion of how professionals, through an understanding of the functions of their own thoughts, beliefs and behavior, can increase ethical behavior in their practice. An emphasis will be placed on the benefits of introducing these concepts early on in the training of professionals as a supplement to training on specific ethical and compliance codes of practice.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


After attending this event:

  • Participants will be able to identify clinical situations in which memorization of the Compliance Code will not be sufficient to make truly informed, ethical decisions.
  •  Participants will be able to identify three concepts of Behavioral Ethics that explain why professionals sometimes make unintentional ethical breaches.
  •  Participants will be able to problem solve through an ethical dilemma that they experienced in practice through the lens of Behavioral Ethics


Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and board certified behavior analyst with over 25 years of experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, pediatric/school psychology, and education. He received his master’s degree in school psychology from St. John’s University and his doctoral degree in educational psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Cicero is currently an assistant professor and ABA program director for Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Eden II Programs, an applied behavior analysis agency in the New York City area serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Cicero has served on the board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis since 2000 in various positions including President of the Board in 2015 and 2016. He currently sits on the Board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) and the Affiliate Chapters Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Dr. Cicero continues a private practice for pediatric psychology and ABA as well as conducts program consultations in best practice treatment for autism, developmental disabilities, and problem behavior. Dr. Cicero frequently conducts workshops and trainings nationally on a variety of topics within his fields of expertise including treatment of problem behavior, sexual education for individuals with ASD, toilet training, and ethical practice of behavior analysis.


Dr. Cicero has no financial disclosures to make regarding the materials, resources, organizations, or research presented during this webinar or workshop.


    • Behavior Analysts earn 2 Ethics CEUs (learning) - LIVE or RECORDING


Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • Must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
  • Webinar/Workshop Portal closes 1 month after live event. You must download handouts and complete attendance verification and post-test within that time frame.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the quiz assessing the 3 learning objectives for this 2 hour event.


12:00 pm: Introduction
12:05 pm: Webinar begins
1:45 pm: Q&A opportunity
2:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms