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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Symposium #194
CE Offered: BACB
Crafting Evidence-Based Policies Using Data Displays of International BACB Certificants
Sunday, May 24, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: CSS/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Mack S. Costello (Rider University)
CE Instructor: Mack S. Costello, Ph.D.
Abstract:

Beyond the exponential growth in the professional practice of applied behavior analysis, measured by increasing numbers of certified behavior analysts, little is known regarding what factors mediate and stimulate said growth. This presentation examines the number certified behavior analysts there in the world, and specifically examines how we can help grow our field on the international stage. Using geo-coded data that does not aggregate state data and charts plotting dispersal of certified behavior analysts we can examine the equitable distribution of behavior analysts and identify areas needing support. The first analysis will review BACB certificant growth at the global level, while the second analysis will provide insights about what policies and/or resources are related with rapid certificant growth. Finally, a case example of grass-root efforts to stimulate growth in Ontario, Canada will be discussed. Attendees will leave this presentation with up-to-date information of certificant trends at the international level, some ideas for how to stimulate certificant growth using a grass-roots behavioral-systems approach, and learn about current front-line efforts to generate change in Ontario, Canada, and how these can be generalized to other geographic regions with appropriate cultural tailoring.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): certification trends, geographic distributions, policy
Target Audience:

Certified practitioners in the field and educators in verified course sequences.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will leave this presentation with up-to-date information of certificant trends at the international level, some ideas for how to stimulate certificant growth using a grass-roots behavioural-systems approach, and learn about current front-line efforts to generate change in Ontario, Canada, and how these can be generalized to other geographic regions with appropriate cultural tailoring.
 
World-Wide Certificant Trends
NEIL DEOCHAND (University of Cincinnati)
Abstract: Where in the world are certified behavior analysts? This presentation will provide an in-depth review of the current frequencies of certificants across the globe. Various country-level heat maps of the world and each individual continent will be shared with the audience. Attendees of this presentation will learn about how certificants vary both within and across countries; for example, the audience will view heat maps by each type of BACB certification for each location. By the end of the presentation, attendees will have a solid understanding of the level of certificants across the world. By the end of this discussion, our aim is to help identify nations that are reaching a potential ‘tipping point’ towards exponential growth.
 
Policies to Stimulate BACB Certificant Growth
HARLEY LANG (Vancouver, BC)
Abstract: What policies bring-about growth in North America? This is an important question because the identification of policies or resources that are related with growth could inform the development of policies in nations where growth is slow or not existent. The first part of this presentation will provide an in-depth review of the geographical locations of BACB certificants within each province and state. This is displayed in the form of state-level maps that include approximate citizen populations, the number of BACB certificants in each census area, and the presence of verified course sequences. The second half of this presentation will review policies, such as licensure and insurance, that are in place within the United States, and the results of statistical analyses that seek to shed light on what types of policies tend to stimulate growth.
 
A Case Example of Stimulating Growth in the Field: Ontario, Canada
Joan Broto (Dalton Associates), KENDRA THOMSON (Brock University )
Abstract: What examples are there of grass-root advocacy efforts to stimulate the field of behavior analysis at the international level? The previous presentations in this symposium have identified some nations that are on the cusp of a ‘tipping point’ towards exponential growth, one of them being Canada. In this presentation, recent efforts to stimulate the development of the professional practice of behavior analysis in Ontario, Canada will be shared.
 

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