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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #157
Diversity submission Bridging the Gap: The Establishment of Behavior Analysis Professional Associations Across Latin America
Saturday, May 29, 2021
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Estefania Carla Alarcon Moya, M.A.
Chair: Amanda Bueno dos Santos (CEDIN)
ESTEFANIA CARLA ALARCON MOYA (Florida Institute of Technology; CeABA Chile)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an emergent field in Latin America (LATAM). The popularity of ABA evidence-based practices led to rapid growth in demand, rising faster than services could be supplied. The quality of services available is a concern. Furthermore, the absence of local regulations (both legal and ethical) to practice ABA is a common detriment that all countries in LATAM share. Until recently, most efforts to create support systems for the education of new qualified ABA practitioners were mostly linked to the BACB certification. Nevertheless, the discontinuation of the international scope of the credential posed a challenge for the region, opening the opportunity for several countries to discuss and reflect on how to bridge the gap. In the present discussion, panelists will share their experiences on how they have been actively collaborating in the creation of local task forces. They will also discuss the process by which they have established a consensus on the competencies and ethical standards representing their communities. Additionally, panelists will discuss the diversity of challenges across the region and outline potential solutions to support other countries with fewer resources to advance in the development of local ABA practice standards.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: Basic
Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the challenges to regulate practice in Latin American Countries 2) Outline solutions to overcome the main challenges Latin American Countries face in the development of their own regulatory bodies. 3) List actions to create collaborative forces in the design of standards representative of Latin American countries
Keyword(s): Dissemination, Latin America, Practice Standards, Professional Associations



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