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Advertising Treatment Outcomes

Law, rules and regulations, not Guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations.

  1. No one except a licensed behavior analyst (LBA) or certified behavior analyst assistant (CBAA) may use the titles "licensed behavior analyst" or “certified behavior analyst assistant.”

  2. A LBA or CBAA may only use the official title of “licensed behavior analyst” or “certified behavior analyst assistant” in advertising. Licensees in other professions that may practice applied behavior analysis may not use the titles of “licensed behavior analyst” or “certified behavior analyst assistant,” but may indicate that they provide the service in their advertising.

    Similarly, any areas of specialty may be mentioned separately, but not as part of the official title, i.e., Jane Smith, Licensed Behavior Analyst, specializing in Early Intervention, NOT Jane Smith, Licensed Early Intervention Behavior Analyst).

  3. The initials used in connection with a licensed behavior analyst's or a certified behavior analyst assistant’s name are "LBA" or "CBAA." The licensee’s title should be listed after the person’s name, i.e., Jane Smith, LBA.

  4. When advertising ABA services, LBAs and CBAAs may not make statements that are false, deceptive, misleading, or fraudulent, either because of what they state, convey, or suggest or because of what they omit, concerning their research, practice, or other work activities or those of persons or organizations with which they are affiliated.

    As examples (and not in limitation) of this standard, LBAs and CBAAs may not make false or deceptive statements concerning:

    1. their training, experience, or competence;
    2. their academic degrees;
    3. their credentials;
    4. their institutional or association affiliations;
    5. their services;
    6. the scientific or clinical basis for, or results or degree of success of, their services;
    7. their fees; or
    8. their publications or research findings.

  5. When LBAs and CBAAs provide advice or comment by means of public lectures, demonstrations, radio or television programs, prerecorded tapes, printed articles, mailed material, or other media, they take reasonable precautions to ensure that:

    1. the statements are based on appropriate and current behavior analysis literature and practice;
    2. the statements are otherwise consistent with these guidelines; and
    3. the recipients of the information understand that their receipt of the information does not establish a professional relationship between them and the LBA and/or CBAA.

  6. LBAs and CBAAs should not solicit or coerce testimonials from current patients and/or authorized caregivers who may be vulnerable to undue influence.

  7. LBAs and CBAAs should not engage, directly or through agents, in uninvited in-person solicitation of business from actual or potential patients and/or authorized caregivers or other persons who, because of their particular circumstances, are vulnerable to undue influence. However, this does not preclude attempting to implement appropriate collateral contacts with significant others for the purpose of benefiting an already engaged patient and/or authorized caregiver.

  8. If a LBA or CBAA learns of deceptive statements about his or her work made by others, the licensee should make reasonable efforts to correct such statements.

  9. LBAs and CBAAs should not compensate employees of press, radio, television, or other communication media in return for publicity in a news item.

  10. A paid advertisement relating to the LBA’s or CBAA’s activities must be identified as such, unless it is already clearly apparent from the context of the advertisement.

  11. LBAs and CBAAs who engage others to create or place public statements that promote their professional practice, products, or activities retain professional responsibility for the content of such statements.

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Last Updated: May 15, 2017