Dignity & Respect: Why Therapeutic Assent Matters | Ethics BCBA CEU Credits: 1 | Behavior Webinars LLC

Dignity & Respect: Why Therapeutic Assent Matters | Ethics BCBA CEU Credits: 1

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Flowers, J., Dawes, J. Dignity and Respect: Why Therapeutic Assent Matters. Behav Analysis Practice (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-023-00772-6

During therapeutic treatment and research in psychology and related fields, informed consent by the client or participant is required when they are over the age of 18; assent is required when a client or participant is under the age of 18 or a conserved adult. During both research and treatment, behavior analysts often work with neurodiverse individuals who have language deficits, and these clients may require unique assent procedures. This article will outline reasons behavior-analytic research and therapy require field-specific assent procedures. Furthermore, the goals of research and therapy are different and therefore assent may need to differ as well. This article will also argue that therapeutic assent during behavior-analytic treatment requires a unique set of guidelines and procedures that may differ from the behavior-analytic research.


Dr. Jaime Flowers a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) in California and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Her current research interest includes behavior analytic ethics, and functional behavior analysis in schools.


  1. After reviewing the article, learners will be able to understand the importance of tailored assent procedures in behavior-analytic research and therapy, especially when working with neurodiverse individuals with language deficits.
  2. Additionally, learners will gain insights into the distinctions between assent requirements for research and therapeutic contexts in behavior analysis, and will be equipped to apply appropriate guidelines and procedures for obtaining assent in behavior-analytic treatment settings.
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