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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #69
CE Offered: BACB
Varieties of Experience in Establishment of Behavior Analyst Licensure: Reports From States With Newly Established Licensure
Saturday, May 26, 2018
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom B
Area: PRA/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Gordon Bourland, Ph.D.
Chair: Gordon Bourland (Trinity Behavioral Associates)
JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University)
JACKIE MOHLER (Family Outreach)

Beginning in 2009, 28 states in the United States have established licensure for behavior analysts. Not only does the nature of licensure vary across states, the processes and experiences of behavior analysts involved in establishing such licensure has varied greatly. Behavior analysts in some state some experienced little difficulty or opposition with the process being relatively brief while those in other states experienced much difficulty, dealt with opposition from members of other professions with the effort require multiple legislative sessions. In this discussion, the experiences of behavior analysts in 4 states where behavior analyst licensure was established in the last 2 years will be discussed. Information will be presented regarding the experiences in Michigan, South Dakota, Montana, and Texas. The discussion will include comparison of experiences, strategies and tactics of the states as well as recommendations for other states where licensure has not as yet been established. This discussion will be helpful for behavior analysts considering pursuing licensure in other states and will provide important information for persons interested in the history of the profession of behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts interested in establishment of state licensure of behavior analysts and persons interested in the history and ongoing development of the profession of behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will state the names of at least 2 of the 4 states in which behavior analyst licesnure was most recently established. 2. Attendees will state at least 2 difficulties experienced by behavior analysts in related to establishing licensure. 3. Attendees will state at least 2 tactics used in addressing opposition to behavior analyst licensure by members of other professions. 4. Attendees will state at least 2 recommendations for behavior analysts interested in establishment of licensure.
Keyword(s): Behavior analysis, licensure, state regulation



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