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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Special Event #398
CE Offered: BACB
The ABAI Licensing Committee: Why? When? What? Who? Where?
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Salon A
Domain: Theory
Chair: Gordon Bourland (Trinity Behavioral Associates)
CE Instructor: Gordon Bourland, Ph.D.
Panelists: MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Amego Inc.), GRANT GAUTREAUX (Nicholls State University), GORDON BOURLAND (Trinity Behavioral Associates)

The ABAI Licensing Committee was established in the last 3 years to serve as a resource for behavior analysis organizations interested in licensure of behavior analysts. The Committee is a component of the Affiliate Chapters Board. The members are highly experienced behavior analysts who have experience in effectively addressing public policy issues in state government,especially pertaining to behavior analyst licensure. The reasons for the establishment of the committee, its history, operation, previous, current and anticipated activities, and the resources that it offers behavior analytic organizations will be described. The presentation will address, also, the fit of Committee activities with a behavior analytic perspective on social institutions (e.g., how its activities are relevant to metacontingencies effecting social institutions, exemplify Skinner's perspective regarding behaviorists engaging with issues relevant to a culture, incorporation of behavior analytic principles in addressing public policy issues, and promote ethical behavior in the culture). Audience participation will be encouraged

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

LBAs, BCBAs/BCBA-Ds, leaders of state behavior analysis organizations, persons interested in public policy issues including behavior analyst licensure

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will state the function of the ABAI Licensing Committee, 2. Attendees will state how assistance of the ABAI LIcensing Committee may be obtained, 3. Attendees will describe 2 types of resources available from the ABAI Licensing Committee.
GRANT GAUTREAUX (Nicholls State University)
GORDON BOURLAND (Trinity Behavioral Associates)



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