Ethics! Starting and running an ethical business or practice: An introduction for behavioral health professionals – 2/6/19

Starting and running an ethical business or practice: An introduction for behavioral health professionals

Adrienne Fitzer, MA, BCBA Founder and CEO of ABAC, Inc

Live Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, 2/6/19
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 pm  eastern

Recording Information:

  • This webinar is presented LIVE and will be recorded. All registrants have the opportunity to attend LIVE and/or view the recording during the 5 day limited access period that begins the day after the live webinar.
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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 by 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.


Learning Objectives:

1) Describe 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) List 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) Describe job role functions crucial to business ownership that can become barriers to clinical practice and/or personal goals if not addressed.

4) Refer to sections of various ethical codes to guide decision making, marketing, hiring, scheduling, and other business decisions.

Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II Ethics CEUs Live & Recording
  • Psychologists: 2 ETHICS CEs  Live & Recording
  • Nurses: Research in nurse entrepreneurship will be included during the webinar therefore may be eligible. Please check with your certification or licensing board.
  • Social Workers: 2 ethics continuing education clock hours
  • Certified Counselors: 2 continuing education hours Area: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues

For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page

6:30 pm: Introduction
6:35 pm: Presentation begins
8:15 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
8:30 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes

Adrienne Fitzer, M.A., BCBA, started in the field working with students with autism in the Washington, D.C. area over 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 and Queens College of the City University of New York. She holds a Masters Degree from Queens College in Psychology, and, as of publication of this bio, is the only registered Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Union County, NJ to hold the certification since 2003. In 2017, Adrienne went back to finish her doctorate and is currently working on her dissertation under the advisement of Bertram O. Ploog, PhD, LBA, BCBA. She hopes to finish her doctorate within in 20 years of starting :).

Ms. Fitzer completed her doctoral course work, on campus, in the Learning Processes Program offered by the Graduate Center, City University of New York at Queens College which at the time was one of few programs in the world accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. As a doctoral student, Adrienne was a recipient of a teaching fellowship, a research fellowship, co-chaired on campus conferences, and spent much of her time working with Dr. Lanny Fields in his stimulus equivalence research lab.

Ms. 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). Her research is published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and she has presented on behavior analysis at conferences and workshops.

From 2006-2012, Adrienne Fitzer  provided quality applied behavior analysis services to children with autism in 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. She opened The Applied Behavior Analysis Center (ABAC) in 2013 to achieve that professional dream. Her current interests (outside of her dissertation research) include ethical behavior of professionals who have, or who are, developing an internet presence, efficient but accurate data collection, ethical business ownership, and online consumer behavior.

Disclosure Statement:

Adrienne Fitzer does not receive royalties for any of the materials or companies discussed during this event

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Our webinars are available to anyone who is able to access the internet. For those who are vision impaired attendance codes are read aloud and graphs and videos are described verbally. For those who require it, our webinar platform allows for closed-captioning. For more information, contact us at

Cancellation, missed webinar, and grievance policy information

Before continuing make please note:
  • Not all webinars offer continuing education credit hours to certain professionals. Check each webinar for more information.
  • No CE credit is provided for the Free ABACLive Cambridge Center Series webinars or for university/college class supplemental material.
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Attendance Codes:

Participants are required to attend the entire webinar.  ABAC presenters embed codes randomly within their webinar. These are not hidden. The codes are read out loud and left on the screen for about 20s. The codes are not case sensitive. You must write them down or other wise record them as participants must submit the codes via our attendance code submission form following the webinar to ensure attendance.


In addition, participants are required to pass a post-test with 80% accuracy.


The moderator will present a visual model of how to access the post-test, evaluation, and code-submission form at the end of the webinar.

Each of these are formatted as online forms and are available after the live event and for the duration of the recording access period.

Cancellation policy-

If you are unable to attend a webinar, please email Adrienne at as soon as you can. We will not accept cancellations within 1 hour of the webinar start time.  If your cancellation is received prior to 1 hour before the event, we are happy to move you into another webinar or issue a refund. Please check make sure you know how long the webinar recording is available for. Most events are recorded and access is granted for up to 5 days. We will no longer offer transfers to other classes if you miss the webinar.

In the rare event ABAC must cancel a webinar due to low enrollment or presenter conflict, an email will be sent to all individuals who have already signed up arranging an transfer to another webinar or a refund.

Missed Webinar and Grievance Policy

ABAC, Inc, it’s owner, and employees do not receive royalties or non-financial benefits for the sale of any books or products authored by our guest speakers unless Adrienne Fitzer is listed as co-editor or author.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

ABAC webinars are available to anyone who is able to access the internet. For those who are vision impaired, attendance codes are read aloud and graphs and videos are described verbally. For speech impaired, questions are submitted via chat. For those who require it, our webinar platform allows for closed-captioning. For more information, contact us at

Accommodations for All Participants

If you need additional accommodations or if you are new to the webinar platform and would like the opportunity to practice how to login, Adrienne would be happy to work with you. Please email her directly at