Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Fourth International Conference; Australia, 2007

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Symposium #7
CE Offered: BACB
International Symposium - Developing University Courses in Behaviour Analysis around the World
Monday, August 13, 2007
9:30 AM–10:20 AM
L2 Room 6
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Simon Dymond (University of Wales, Swansea)
CE Instructor: Simon Dymond, Ph.D.

From a baseline of near-zero, university courses in behaviour analysis have increased dramatically over recent years in many corners of the globe. This symposium brings together the founders of behavioural courses from Europe (UK and Norway) and Australasia (New Zealand) to share their experiences and, hopefully, stimulate future courses.

Developing a BACB-Approved Training Programme in Australasia.
OLIVER C. MUDFORD (University of Auckland)
Abstract: In 2002 the University of Auckland programme was the first BACB-approved programme for training ABA to BCBA level outside the US. I will describe the three-year postgraduate sequence for comprehensive ABA education, research thesis and supervised practicum. The pleasures and pitfalls of growing an ABA training programme through its first five years may advise others who are encouraged to develop similar course sequences.
Development, Evaluation, and Outcomes of the First BACB-Approved Courses in the UK: Lessons Learned.
NEIL T. MARTIN (The Treehouse Trust), Simon Dymond (University of Wales, Swansea), Mecca Chiesa (University of Kent), Oliver C. Mudford (University of Auckland)
Abstract: In 2002, the Applied Behaviour Analysis Lecturers' Co-operative, in conjunction with The TreeHouse Trust, established the first approved course sequence in the UK to meet the coursework requirements of the Board Certified Associate Behaviour Analyst examination. Both the Co-operative and TreeHouse have evaluated each of the three course-offerings in terms of the effect on the development of individual skills and competencies, and general effect on practice. Findings are discussed and general outcomes shared in terms of the expansion of the behaviour analytic practice within the UK (there now exist several Masters-level courses in the UK) and the lessons learned from the process.
News from Norway: Establishing an Approved Course in Behaviour Analysis.
ERIK ARNTZEN (Akershus University College )
Abstract: Behavior analysis has a very strong position in Norway, mostly in applied settings. The traditional psychology courses have tended to not focus teaching on behaviour analysis at all. Therefore, we needed to establish a more academic education in behaviour analysis. Fortunately, the Norwegian authorities accredited the first master program in behaviour analysis in Norway in 2004. In the fall semester of 2004, the first students were accepted. In May 2006, the program was approved by BACB. The behaviour analysis track is one of three tracks in the master program called ‘Learning in Complex Systems’. In this presentation, I will describe the approved Masters course at Akershus University College and share our experience of establishing new courses in behaviour analysis.



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