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.


11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Invited Panel #2
International Credentialing and Education Discussion
Thursday, September 1, 2022
5:40 PM–6:30 PM
Meeting Level 1: Liffey B
Area: PCH/EDC; Domain: Translational
Chair: Michelle Ellen Kelly (National College of Ireland )
Panelists: JENNA MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International), MARGUERITE HOERGER (Bangor University)

Attendees are invited to join panelists for a discussion of international credentialing and ABAI's Tiered Model of Education. The discussion will include recent developments in the United Kingdom including the coursework standards and higher-education system, a unique competency-based supervision system, and an ethics code. The discussion will also address how behavior analysts are working within the professional landscape and legal requirements within Ireland. We invite those interested in learning more about the recent developments in higher education and how regions are moving forward with new standards, models, and regulations to aid in the professional development of behavior analysts. Attendees are welcome to share information on how other countries (i.e., those not represented on the panel) are adapting to credentialing and professional development!

Instruction Level: Basic
JENNA MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Jenna Mrljak is a doctoral-level behavior analyst and holds BCBA certification. She earned her Ph.D. in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University under the advisement of Dr. Richard Malott. She taught and supervised several undergraduate and graduate behavior analysis courses and gained experience in behavioral systems analysis. She provided BCBA supervision in early childhood special education classrooms and worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her interests span many areas including early intervention, instructional design, education, technology, behavioral systems analysis, and social justice. She is dedicated to researching and delivering high-quality educational programs for all learners. Currently, she is the Director of Education at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She helps manage the Accreditation and VCS Boards, which also includes supporting a few hundred behavior analysis training programs worldwide.
MARGUERITE HOERGER (Bangor University)
Dr. Maggie Hoerger, BCBA-D is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Bangor University, where is she the course director of the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Her research interests and practice include working with school leaders and teachers to integrate behaviour analysis into maintained schools. She works with Local Authorities, SEN schools, and Pupil Referral Units to establish universal behaviour analysis provision with an emphasis on early years teaching and functional based interventions. The work has been funded by the Welsh Government. Maggie is currently serving as the President of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis.



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