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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Symposium #363
Professional Development Series: On Being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Monday, May 30, 2005
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Private Dining Room 3 (3rd floor)
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Cade T. Charlton (Utah State University)
Discussant: Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University, BMC, FABA)
Abstract: The advantages of receiving behavior analytic services are quickly becoming evident to a large population of consumers. However, with the increased number of service providers, it is becoming more difficult to be certain that consumers are receiving the best possible service. To help alleviate this concern, many consumers are recognizing the importance of working with a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). This symposium unites some of the top experts on the certification process to discuss what is involved with becoming board certified, the advantages of certification, and the process of becoming a board certified behavior analyst. This is a student committee organized event.
Background and Rationale for Certification of Behavior Analysts
JAMES M. JOHNSTON (Auburn University)
Abstract: This presentation will review the background for certification ofbehavior analysts, the rationale for certification, and the advantagesof certification for individuals and the field. In addition, thebackground and organization of the Behavior Analyst Certification Boardwill be reviewed.
Application for the BCBA Examination
FAE MELLICHAMP (Professional Testing, Inc.)
Abstract: This presentation will cover the issues surrounding application to sit for the BCBA examintion. The discussion will include issues surrounding standards for both levels of board certification.
Certification Versus Licensure and the Status of BACB Certification
GERALD A SHOOK (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: This presentation will cover issues related to the issue of certification versus licensure. Included in the discussion will be the current status, future directions, and the impact of the board certification process.



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