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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #18
CE Offered: BACB
PDS EVENT: Navigating the Licensure Process: A Discussion of Behavior Analyst Licensure Laws
Saturday, May 23, 2015
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
213AB (CC)
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda E. Urbanczyk, M.S.
Chair: Mallory Garrett (The University of Memphis)
GINA GREEN (Association of Professional Behavior Analysts)
WILLIAM H. AHEARN (New England Center for Children)
AMANDA E. URBANCZYK (Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis)

There are currently 19 states in the United States that have passed bills related to the licensure of behavior analysts. Establishing state licensure involves navigating a legislative system that may be unfamiliar to the practitioners and scientists who comprise our field. This process involves numerous steps, and requires behavior analysts to communicate effectively with legislators and professionals from other disciplines. Once state licensure is established, there are additional challenges as rules and procedures are established for the new credential. During this panel discussion we will learn about this process from three panelists who have been in the forefront of getting licensure bills passed. They will talk about strategies they found useful in achieving state licensure, and specific roadblocks they have come across in different states. The implications of their experiences for behavior analysts in other states considering licensure will also be discussed.




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