Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #121
CE Offered: BACB
Starting From Scratch: Training Behavior Analysts in Latin America and the Lessons Learned
Saturday, May 25, 2019
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Fairmont, Second Level, International Ballroom
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Estefania Carla Alarcon Moya, M.A.
Chair: Estefania Carla Alarcon Moya (ABA Technologies Inc.; Florida Institute of Technology)
CAROLA SCOLARI (Universidad Autónoma de Chile)
PENELOPE JOHNSON (Johns Hopkins University)

Obstacles for training behavior analysts in Latin America, where educational resources are scarce, transcend the language barrier. While it seems reasonable to expect that an increase in behavior analytic programs to train qualified clinicians will increase the availability of higher-quality ABA services for citizens in need, other leading factors need to be considered and addressed simultaneously in order to promote the correct desired change that could benefit, and not impair, the current organization of the system. Some of these factors might include the promotion of continuing professional development, ethical practice and professional regulation of the field. Panel participants will discuss their experiences training behavior analysts with diverse backgrounds across Latin America. They will examine the current environmental contingencies disadvantaging the systematic and responsible growth of the profession and provision of high-quality services in these countries, and identify what behaviors from all stakeholders can have the greatest impact on these desired results. Most importantly, they will analyze the antecedent- and consequence-based solutions that could support and maintain these desired changes in the long-term.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Supervisors, faculties, practitioners interested in international dissemination

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, students will be able to: 1. State the rationale for increasing the number of well-trained certified behavior analysts in Latin America 2. Identify the desired behaviors from all parties involved in the training and certifying of behavior analysts in Latin America 3. List antecedent- and consequence-based solutions to increase the number of certified behavior analysts in Latin America
Keyword(s): Dissemination, International development, Latin America



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