The Mexican Organization of Practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis was established in 2021. OMPAC is a non-profit newly-formed organization focused on pushing recognition of Applied Behavior Analysis as an effective scientific discipline to support Mexican society. Our mission is to guide professionals interested in practicing Applied Behavior Analysis by setting standards and specialized training to treat socially significant behaviors. Among our goals are 1) to disseminate the practice of ABA in Mexico with the highest standards, 2) to provide reliable resources for people looking to deepen their understanding in ABA , 3) to facilitate communication among professionals in ABA in México and 4) set practice standards and specialized trainings. We plan to conduct regular events (workshops, trainings, webinars, etc.) with the purpose to disseminate and provide training in specific subspecialities of ABA. Our long term goal would be to set the standards to establish a Mexican Certification of Behavior Analyst.
The Standard Celeration Society (SCS) became an ABAI special interest group in 1995. The mission of the SCS states to uphold and advance the defining features and conventions of the standard celeration chart. The SCS aims to function as a friendly and enduring forum, supporting the application and dissemination of standard celeration charting across an expanding range of practitioners and other stakeholders. The values of the SCS that guide behavior in fulfilling the mission include acknowledgement and appreciation of the founding principles and applications of our science (e.g., “standing on the shoulders of giants”), authenticity, inclusivity, legacy, community, and kindness. Since 2015, the SCS has employed an organizational structure composed of a board of directors and volunteer leadership teams that actively work toward implementing new and maintaining current initiatives designed to further the organization’s mission. We have an active board of directors comprised of five members, each on 3-year terms. In addition to the board, the organization also consists of an executive director, vice presidents, and associate vice presidents. The board of directors provides guidance and decision-making for the SCS executive director, who carries out board initiatives with vice presidents, associate vice presidents, and other volunteers. Current leadership teams include finance, programs, membership, scientific and academic relations, operations, international relations, diversity, and website services. Since the beginning of 2015, our leadership teams have actively developed the underlying systems to support the SIG’s structure and facilitate institutional memory as there is transition in our leadership roles, an important component for voluntary leadership teams to maintain productivity. Current priority initiatives include providing more free continuing education opportunities for members, publication resources, and training program locations for students interested in academic training, internships, and externships, among others. The SCS offers membership for a low cost and includes discounted rates to annual conference each year, access to the historical publication database of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, and soon to be announced web-based continuing education events (annual fees: sustaining, $100; full, $50; student, $25). Current initiatives also aim to highlight our organization’s entrepreneurial members. The skills of the members, including insights and strategies developed over decades of business development in the area of precision teaching, are made available to others looking to start their own businesses. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the SCS, as this organization has a long history of entrepreneurs creating successful operations that provide clinical/educational services outside the mainstream of applied behavior analysis. Finally, as in many prior years, new and seasoned precision teachers gathered to learn and share research and clinical data at the SCS Annual Conference in November 2022 with both live and virtual attendance options. The society was honored to have Drs. Kim Berens and Mark Alavosius as keynote speakers along with an array of invited addresses, panels, and paper symposia. The SCS awarded Dr. Carl Binder with the Ogden R. Lindsley lifetime achievement award. Additionally, the conference offered a poster session and the annual chart share. This year, we celebrate our 36th Annual Conference November 9 – 11 in St. Pete Beach, Florida at the Tradewinds Island Resort. Please visit www.celeration.org for more information regarding the conference. The SCS eagerly welcomes new charters and members into our community. This nurturing group is full of brilliant and seasoned professionals who are always willing to offer advice or mentorship. Simply become a member and see the opportunities accelerate!
According to the US Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts: 2010- 2018 (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2022) the annual number of job postings requiring or preferring a BCBA has increased 1942% between 2010-2018. That number is likely even higher today. As the need for behavior analysts grow, behavior analysis educational programs have also increased to meet that need. A review of the BCBA Examination Pass Rates for Verified Course Sequences hints at that growth. In addition to the inception of these programs themselves, the mode of instruction has also evolved. A review of only those programs that possessed an ABA course sequence outside of its first four years of operation resulted in a total of 165 educational programs globally (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2019). Out of those eligible programs, 37 (22%) of them offered some type of instruction remotely in 2014. By 2018, that number increased to 80 (48%). It is hypothesized that that number is substantially higher today. At Manhattanville College, our NY-state approved and verified course sequence offers all classes in person and fully online. Stop by and say hi.
|Abstract: The Foundation for a Strategic Science of Teaching (FASST) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes to support, enhance, develop, and expand the strategic science of teaching and other behavior analytic initiatives committed to a science of teaching for all learners through research, application, dissemination, and replication, of the science of behavior analysis. Our mission is to contribute to the well-being of society by promoting teaching, professional education, collaboration, research, and competency driven applications of the science of behavior analysis to solve problems in the home, school, community, and workplace through application in settings that include public, charter and private schools; clinics; learning centers; and in the context of tutoring. FASST strives to create, promote, and otherwise enhance domestic and global dissemination of scientifically sound and otherwise reliable information on behavioral services and science, and to promote collaboration that advances this goal. FASST is committed to the dissemination of a strategic science of teaching through professional education, teacher training, and collaborative initiatives with interested parties.|