WHAT IS COEBO
SETTING THE ETHICAL STANDARD
COEBO is an acronym that stands for “Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations”. COEBO began as a seven item document created by Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D that would hopefully would serve as an attestation that all organizations that provide behavior analysis services would agree to follow. Over time the document became a movement rallying behavior analysts from around the world to help spread the word about COEBO. After some time and deliberation, the COEBO community decided that the code was not enough to achieve our mission of improving organizational behavior so we decided to create an organization would that would help to improve organizational not only setting the standard for ethical organizational behavior but also by credentialing behavioral organizations.
COEBO also stands for “Credentialing Of Ethical Behavioral Organizations” (COEBO) and is a corporation established in 2015 to set and maintain the standards of ethical practice for behavioral organizations set forth in The Code Of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations. The COEBO organization meets these standards by certifying worthy organizations through a standardized credentialing platform. The COEBO organization was designed by behavior analysts, for behavioral organizations.
Behavior analysis is the foundation of our movement and our organization. Our decisions are data-based and morally pluralistic.
The vision of the COEBO organization is a world without unethical organizational behavior.
Created and designed utilizing behavior analytic technologies, the mission of the COEBO organization is to establish a standard of ethics for behavioral organizations and to credential behavioral organizations.
- # of organizations credentialed with COEBO
- # of items in the code
- # of organizational ethical code violations
- Average time to respond to possible violations
- % of organizational ethical code violations resolved.
- % of organizational ethical code violations answered
Any instance of members of the COEBO community reallocating resources from their organization to add to or update to the COEBO or the COEBO community.
Any instance of a member of the COEBO community discussing the advantages, disadvantages, and possible side effects of items on the code with another member (or multiple members) of the COEBO community publicly.
Any instance of a member of the COEBO community communicating through any medium accurate information regarding how and why items in the code were created or decisions were made regarding the COEBO community as a whole.
Any instance of a member of the COEBO community publicly displaying minutes from COEBO meetings, structure of the COEBO organization, process maps of the COEBO organization, and partnerships or the COEBO organization.
SHOWING THE WORLD THAT YOU PRIORITIZE ETHICS
COEBO credentials are awarded to behavioral organizations that meet or exceed the standards set down by the COEBO organization.
OBTAIN A CREDENTIAL
Meet the definition of a behavioral organization
Register behavioral organization online
Complete organizational attestations
Complete organizational exams
Pay COEBO credential fee
MAINTAIN A CREDENTIAL
Continue to meet the definition of a behavioral organization
Update organizational profile online
Complete re-credentialing application
Complete organizational re-attestations
Complete organizational re-exams
Pay COEBO re-credentialing fee
THIS IS HOW WE SET THE ETHICAL STANDARD
The ethical standards are conceived by members of the COEBO community and ratified by members of the COEBO board. Standards are reviewed bi-annually by the COEBO board and based on the suggestions from the community.
1. COEBO COMPLIANCE
Behavioral organizations only provide truthful and accurate information in documentation submitted to COEBO and correct inaccurate information immediately.
Behavioral organizations hold all workers accountable to COEBO and require them to take and pass a competency-based examination on the COEBO as well as annual follow-up training.
2. THE WORKER
Continuing Education: Behavioral organizations support all of their credentialed workers in fulfilling their continuing education requirements by providing workers with flexibility in scheduling as long as the event does not interfere with ethical treatment of their clients or creates undue hardship on the organization.
Materials: Behavioral organizations provide their behavioral workers with materials that they require to complete their job ethically provided that the materials requested are reasonable and does not creates undue hardship on the organization.
Supervision: Behavioral organizations provide adequate supervision by a qualified supervisor for all behavioral workers requiring supervision. Behavioral organizations do not ask supervisors to supervise more individuals than one person can competently manage.
3. COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW
Laws and Regulations: Behavioral organizations conform to the legal and moral codes of the social and professional community of which the behavioral organization is a member.
Confidentiality: Behavioral organizations will take any and all reasonable precautions to respect the confidentiality of those with whom they work and consult.
4. BACB COMPLIANCE
Behavioral organizations uphold the BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts with all behavioral and non-behavioral workers across all departments in their organization.
5. BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Behavioral organizations make every effort to have their workers participate in behavior analytic events and promote Behavior Analysis and the COEBO to the public.
6. SERVICE DELIVERY
Caretaker Training: Behavioral organizations provide stakeholder training to consumers of their services.
Evidenced Based Services: Behavioral organizations only provide behavioral services that are evidence-based, and true to the BACB Task List and/or Seven Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis, and will abstain from offering or promoting “alternative treatments” that are not evidence based.
Competence: Behavioral organizations do not ask behavioral workers to work out of their area of competence.
Transferring services: Behavioral organizations will make reasonable efforts to locate and contact another suitable provider within the vicinity of the consumer unless the consumer requests otherwise and will ensure that all consumer files, materials, data, or information required for continuity of care is transferred to the new provider within a reasonable time frame.
7. RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT
Integrity: Behavioral organizations follow through on their professional obligations, commitments, and contractual agreements and refrain from making professional commitments or agreements that they cannot keep with their workers, and consumers of their services.
Coercive Contingencies: Behavioral organizations do not advance any social or economic contingencies (e.g. bonus, raise, promotion, etc.) that might unduly influence the behavior of any Board Certified professional in their organization to violate the BACB Guidelines.
Accepting Gifts: Behavioral organizations do not allow any behavioral or non-behavioral worker to accept gifts, money, in-kind services, or goods in any amount or value that was not originally outlined in their agreement for services.
Reporting: Behavioral organizations do not ask any behavioral or non-behavioral professional to modify timesheets, reports, or clinical recommendations to satisfy organizational needs and follow all applicable rules and guidelines communicated by funding sources.
Whistle Blowing: Behavioral organizations support any workers who come forward with any claim of undue pressure to violate the BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts or COEBO.
Ethics Officer/Committee: Behavioral organizations appoint an internal Ethics Officer and/or Ethics Committee to address internal ethical issues.
8. THE CONSUMER
Consumer Rights: Behavioral organizations obtain any relevant consent from consumers of their services and inform their consumers of their services before the commencement of service delivery where they can file complaints about any service provided by their organization.
Terms & Financial Arrangements: Prior to the implementation of services behavioral organizations provide in writing, the terms of consultation, requirements for providing services, financial agreements, and responsibilities of all parties. If terms change, behavioral organizations will notify consumers.
9. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Hiring and Recruitment: Behavioral organizations will not advance any social or economic contingencies (e.g. bonus, raise, promotion, etc.) that might unduly influence any behavioral or non-behavioral worker to solicit another behavioral organization’s workers to leave their organization or make disparaging remarks about other organizations.
Collaboration and Cooperation: Behavioral organizations shall make reasonable efforts to work in concert with other behavioral organizations.
10. THE MEDIA
Behavioral organizations accurately represent the services they provide and do not engage in misleading, false, or deceptive statements. Behavioral organizations do not exploit consumers of their services for marketing purposes. or solicit testimonials and/or post testimonials in any format.
CREDENTIAL YOUR ORGANIZATION AND START IMPROVING YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
If you are interested in getting your organization credentialed, submitting a code suggestion, or have a question about credentialing, please fill out a contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COEBO
A behavioral organization is an entity registered as a corporation (Type C or S) or as a limited liability company (LLC) that employees or contracts certified or registered professionals with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to conduct applied behavior analysis services as defined by the (BACB) within the community. A behavioral organization employs at least one full time certified practitioner in good standing with the BACB and employs or contracts at least one Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in good standing with the BACB.
ORGANIZATIONAL WELCOME PACKET
Packet of documents given to new or current consumers of the organization’s services. This document may contain information explaining the organization’s services, introduce key workers to the consumer, contains financial terms, policies or procedures or various other items.
A Behavioral Worker is: Any employee, contractor, student, or intern that has a current work agreement with the behavioral organization and is assigned by the behavioral organization to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to consumers or other organizations within the community.
Packet of documents or book given to workers at an organization that contains various information on their job responsibilities, organizational policies and procedures, etc.
Created and designed utilizing behavior analytic technologies, the mission of the COEBO organization is to improve organizational behavior in order to advance the field of behavior analysis in an ethical manner.
Person in authority position at the organization that is a signer for the company
The COEBO community is made up of any and all individuals working or studying in field of behavior analysis.
Any recipient of services provided by a behavioral organization.
- The COEBO competency based exam is a made up of 30 multiple choice exam questions.
- Each question provided in the exam has four possible answers.
- Examination content is based on the current Code Of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations.
- Each content area is equally weighted against the other content areas
THE EXAM CONDITIONS
- Examinees are given two hours to complete the exam.
- Each individual question is timed and examinees are given two minutes to finish each question.
- If the candidate does not finish the exam within the time allotted.
- Examinees are allowed to take the exam as many times as they need to in order to pass the exam.
Examinees will be able to take the COEBO exam through the COEBO portal in the future. However, currently, COEBO has partnered with another learning management system to provide a platform for COEBO examinees to take their exams. Either way, all COEBO exams are taken online.
- Organizations must obtain at least 80% overall to pass the audit.
- Organizations that DO and DO NOT pass the audit will receive a full report detailing their scores in each content area with suggestions on how to improve their scores in each area.
- Organizations that DO NOT pass the audit will be encouraged to correct the items missed and re-submit their application
- Organizations that DO pass the audit will be instructed to fix any missed items for the following year’s re-credentialing audit.
- Credentialing is processed monthly and take one month to complete
- If COMPLETE applications are submitted by the first day of the month they will be processed and returned to the organizational candidate in 30 days.
- If the application is not complete until after the first day of the month deadline, then processing will begin the following month on the first day of the month.
- Initial credentialing audit costs $100
- Re-credentialing audit costs $75
- Re-processing of a credentialing audit costs $50
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AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME
Average time to respond to code violation (10 points possible)
10 Points: 24-48 Hours
9 Points: 48-72 Hours
8 Points: 72-96 Hours
7 Points: 96-120 Hours
6 Points: 120-144 Hours
0 Points: More than 144 Hours
% OF VIOLATIONS RESOLVED
% of organizational ethical code violations resolved. (10 points possible)
10 Points: 90-100%
9 Points: 80-90%
8 Points: 70-80%
7 Points: 60-70%
6 Points: 50-60%
0 Points: Less than 50%
% OF VIOLATIONS UNANSWERED
% of organizational ethical code violations unanswered (10 points possible)
10 Points: 0-10%
9 Points: 10-20%
8 Points: 20-30%
7 Points: 40-50%
6 Points: 50-60%
0 Points: More than 50%
Current Credential with COEBO (70 points possible)
70 Points: Current Credential with COEBO
0 Points: No Current Credential with COEBO
LETTER GRADE CALCULATIONS
Behavioral organizations are awarded points based on 4 factors, which are weighted according to COEBO’s analysis of the value of each factor. The points are calculated and a letter grade is awarded based on the point range the behavioral organization falls into.
LETTER GRADE WEIGHTING
In most cases, whether or not the behavioral organization is credentialed or not drives a behavioral organization’s weight. The organization showing their desire to learn and apply the ethical code is the of the utmost importance to COEBO. However, complaint history holds the remaining weight a business’s letter-grade rating as the way that each behavioral organization handles ethical violations.
- If a behavioral organization does not have any complaints AND is NOT credentialed, then their score will be NA
2. If a behavioral organization does not have any complaints AND is credentialed, then their grade will be an “A”.
COEBO does not guarantee the value of any organization based on any of the ratings.
Rating changes currently occur in real time depending on data derived from the performance of each individual behavioral organization.
Based on a possible 100 points, grades are as follows: