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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Paper Session #32
Dispositions of Practicing Behavior Analysts Regarding Professional Certification Processes
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:30 PM–4:50 PM
Scene DEF, Niveau 0
Area: CSS
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Elian Aljadeff-Abergel (Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee)
Dispositions of Practicing Behavior Analysts Regarding Professional Certification Processes
Domain: Service Delivery
ELIAN ALJADEFF-ABERGEL (Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee), Shiri Ayvazo (David Yellin Academic College), Michael Ben-Zvi (Israeli ABA), Iris Manor-Binyamini (University of Haifa)
Abstract: The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) was officially incorporated in May 1998 and it was originally intended to certify behavior analysts from the United States (Shook, 2005). Five years after the first round of BACB examinations were administrated, the exam was already available in several countries outside the US, including Israel (Shook, 2005). Several years later exams were also made available in native languages, increasing the number of applicants. In Israel there are seven BACB approved programs who prepare students to the BACB exams. The annual student enrollment rate to these programs vary from 20 to 80, resulting in approximately 140-200 graduates each year. Nonetheless, there are only 109 BACB certified behavior analysts in Israel. This presentation will present data collected from professional focus groups of in-practice Israeli behavior analysts, who will respond to questions aiming at understanding of (1) the motives to obtain the BACB certification, (2) the reasons to abstain from pursuing certification, (3) the extent to which behavior analysts in Israel conceive the BACB to be an international organization? And (4) the extent to which they perceive the BACB requirements suitable to Israel.



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