Controversial Treatments

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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Capella University

PSY 7710: Ethics for Behavior Analysts

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Controversial Treatment

(You may state which treatment as your heading, i.e., Facilitated Communication Extinction –
Please note, all italicized writing in this template is for instructional purposes. You will not be using italics. Remove all instructions in your paper.)

In this section, you will begin by fully describing a controversial treatment using information from at least one reputable source. Describe what it might look like to implement the controversial treatment. Topics to choose from include: facilitated communication, sensory integration, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, elimination diets, chelation therapy, and floortime. Message your instructor for approval on a topic not listed. This section is worth 10% of your grade.

Pro and Con to Controversial Treatment

In this section, you will discuss (in your own words) one pro and one con regarding the controversial treatment, provide significant context around these statements, and cite information from a reputable source. Direct quotes should not be utilized, as you can convey your understanding in your own words. This section is worth 20% of your grade.

Evaluation of Ethics

In this section, you will evaluate the controversial treatment using at least three of the BACB ethics codes and justify your own opinion on the topic. You may provide the specific code numbers and titles of the codes you discuss. You will
not copy/paste the code description. Discuss the relevance of the code to the topic in your own words. Cite and reference the BACB Ethics Codes for Behavior Analysts. For a distinguished score, you will also justify your own opinion on the topic. This section is worth 30% of your grade.

Effective Evaluation

In this section, explain how to effectively evaluate treatments to determine if they are evidence based or not, using specific examples of behavior analytic procedures for evaluation. This section is worth 10% of your grade.

Communicating with Colleagues and Families

In this section, you will explain how to communicate the importance of using evidence-based strategies to colleagues and family members (also discuss the difference in how you will communicate to each party) and use at least one recent scholarly resource. This section is worth 10% of your grade.


In academic writing, the conclusion is intended to help the reader understand why your research/discussion points should matter to them after they have finished reading the paper. A conclusion is not merely a summary of your points or a re-statement of your research problem/discussion but a synthesis of key points.

**First person language should not be used in academic writing. You can use first person language only when sharing your opinion on the topic.


Add your references here, properly formatted following APA 7.

These are
potential references to the use of the paper. Remove any references that are not used to support the discussion in the paper.

Autism Treatment Center of America. (2022, April 5}).
The Son-Rise ® Introduction

[Video]. You Tube.

Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (2020). Ethics code for behavior analysts. Retrieved

[Month Date, Year],

Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019).
Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education.

Emerge Pediatric Therapy. (2023, January 10).
How to use a sensory diet (explained by a

pediatric OT) [Video]. You Tube.

KenDBerryMD. (2020, November 21).
Autism: What role diet plays (ASD Food Choices) – 2024

[Video]. You Tube.

Leichtweisz, Jessica. (2019, November 19}).
Should children with autism get chelation [Video].

You tube.

NeuroClastic. (2021, October 22)}.
Learn about rapid prompting method (RPM) and watch

Lucien’s journey to reliable communication [Video]. You Tube.

The Oxford Center. (2023, December 8}).
Sadie’s Story: Autism and hyperbaric oxygen therapy

[Video]. You Tube.

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