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May Special Issue Recording: Starting and Running an Ethical Business or Practice: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Professionals


Presented By: Adrienne Fitzer PhD, BCBA

This Special Issue Recording is Available for Sale from 5/5/21 to 5/31/21. 

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Aspiring entrepreneurs have a great deal to navigate when they start their own business. Anecdotally, many behavioral health practitioners who have set out to achieve the dream of business or practice ownership report finding that their intentions for starting a business in the first place became a barrier, preventing them from achieving professional goals as well as partnering, parenting and/or self-care goals. Join Adrienne Fitzer as she talks about the realities of business ownership, including the positive and not so positive, describes barriers reported globally by various practitioners turned entrepreneurs, and openly discusses her own failures and self-defined success. Ethical codes from the organizations that ABAC, Inc. represents as a continuing education provider/sponsor will be used to create a framework for ethical business ownership and participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.

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 session, participants should be able to:

1) Identify why a foundation in professional ethics can be helpful to entrepreneurs who are also behavioral/mental health professionals starting or running a business or practice.
2) Identify common goals that are often stated as being reasons for starting a new business and evaluate whether owning a business or being independent contractor is best suited to achieving those goals.
3) Identify job role functions crucial to business ownership that can become barriers to clinical practice and/or personal goals if not addressed.
4) Identify to sections of various ethical codes to guide decision making, marketing, hiring, scheduling, and other business decisions.


Adrienne Fitzer, PhD, BCBA, started working with students with autism in the Washington, D.C. area 20 years ago as an undergraduate majoring in psychology at the University of Maryland. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, she continued working in the field and attended the Learning Processes Sub-Doctoral Program in Psychology at the Graduate Center, Queens College, City University of New York. She holds a master's degree in psychology from Queens College, City University of New York, earned her doctorate from The Graduate Center, City University in New York, and has been board certified in behavior analysis since 2003.

Dr. Fitzer has co-edited two books on ABA and Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Applied Behavior Analysis, Evidence and Practice (2007, 2013) and Language and Autism: Applied Behavior Analysis, Evidence and Practice (2009), editor of manuals in the Paradigm Behavior Roadmap Series, is co-author on papers published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and has been an avid writer on ethics and issues pertaining to business ownership and service provision.

From 1996-2012, Adrienne Fitzer worked with children with autism in various positions in home programs, private schools, and public schools. In 2011, Ms. Fitzer realized that she could combine her passion for teaching applied behavior analysis and working with those who care for and work with learners with autism and related disorders by focusing on parent and professional training, and in 2013, opened ABAC to better disseminate ethical, behaviorally based assessment and treatment, both to those currently working within the field of behavior analysis and beyond. Her current interests include ethical behavior of professionals who have, or who are developing an internet presence, efficient but accurate data collection and visual analysis, online consumer behavior, and improvement of the assessment of selective/atypical attention during eye-tracking studies.


Adrienne Fitzer does not receive royalties for any of the materials or companies discussed during this event, however, financially benefits from the sale of this and other ABAC webinars and workshops.


    • Behavior Analysts  2 CEUs ETHICS (Learning)
    • Psychologists  2 ETHICS CEs
    • Certified Counselors 2 CEs (practice issues)
    • Not eligible for  AOTA  or ASWB continuing education hours


Please read the following information carefully:

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit
    • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
    • CEs not available for professions other than those listed. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page