Course Details

Description of the Course: There is a growing interest among behavior analysts to expand their scope of competence and practice within the areas of health, sport, and fitness behavior. While the BACB Task List and state licensure laws describe the scope of practice in which credentialed and/or licensed behavior analysts may engage, behavior analysts are also ethically required to practice within their scope of competence. Using the 2020 Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (effective January 1, 2022) as a guide, this talk will highlight relevant codes while covering the responsibility behavior analysts have to ensure adequate scope of competence and discuss topics that practitioners should consider before moving in these practice areas such as type of client(s), setting(s), areas of specialization, etc. In addition, the instructor will provide recommendations for research, as well as an overview of skills outside of training that is typically obtained within behavior analytic graduate programs (e.g., motivational interviewing, ACT, nutrition, exercise science, training programming) that might be beneficial, as well as certifications that are best-suited for specific areas of interest (e.g., health coaching vs. personal training vs. sports performance).

Number of Learning CEUs: 2; Certified behavior analysts can earn 2 Ethics (Type 2) CEU for watching the recording, responding to the Course Evaluation and Feedback form, and completing the CEU Survey. 

Attendance Procedure: Attendance/verification codes will be shown and read during and at the end of the video recording. Attendees will need to enter these codes into the CEU Survey.

Course Covers the Following Behavior Analysis Content: Ethics, Practice, Research

Course is Designed For: Professional Behavior Analysts, BCBAs/BCBA-Ds, and BCaBAs. This event is also open to others with an interest in behavioral interventions for health, sport, and fitness, including students in graduate-level ABA programs.

Course Level: Intermediate

Access Duration: Course is available to purchasers for a duration of 7 days.

Course Learning Objectives

  • List potential applications of behavior analysis and employment opportunities within the areas of health, sport, and fitness (HSF).

  • Distinguish between scope of practice and scope of competence.

  • Identify and provide examples of ways in which an individual can increase one's scope of competence within the areas of health, sport, and fitness.

  • Describe your responsibility to clients and the general public while adhering to the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts when conducting research, making public statements, and using social media.

  • Identify examples of ethical and unethical behavior in hypothetical examples that illustrate the importance of, and potential ambiguity in, ethical practice in the areas of health, sport, and fitness.

  • Be able to identify and provide examples of skills outside of training that is typically obtained within behavior analytic graduate programs that might be beneficial.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Getting Started in HSF_Ethical Considerations

  2. 2
    • Getting Started in Health, Sport, and Fitness-Ethical Considerations: Course Evaluation and Feedback Survey

  3. 3
    • Getting Started in Health, Sport, and Fitness-Ethical Considerations: Attendance Codes & CE Survey


Lead Instructor

Julie Slowiak

Julie M. Slowiak, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Executive Director of the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness SIG, a non-profit organization, and Founder of InJewel LLC, a values-focused coaching and consulting company. Julie earned a B.A. in Psychology and Organizational Communication, M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. Julie's research, teaching, and applied work focus on designing physical and social environments to support individual and organizational health, performance, and wellbeing. Her research blends her training in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management with topics studied in the fields of occupational health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and applied sports psychology.