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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #286
CE Offered: BACB — 
Licensure of Behavior Analysts: Ethical Considerations, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps
Monday, May 30, 2016
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Montreux, Swissotel
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amanda N. Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair: Amanda N. Kelly (Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis)
KRISTEN E. KOBA-BURDT (Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis)
KAREN KELLUM (University of Mississippi)

Requests for the regulation of the practice of behavior analysis is ever increasing with the adoption of insurance coverage for ABA services. Developing licensure for practitioners of behavior analysis might be possible and could produce benefits for consumers as well as practitioners. In certain cases however, pursuing licensure can be a risky undertaking. This panel consists of individuals from three states in the US, that have recently adopted Licensure laws. Our panelists will describe the pitfalls and pivotal moments along the way. Finally, the panelists will discuss and suggest strategies that may be helpful for other states also seeking to regulate (or redefine) behavior analytic practices.

Keyword(s): ABA Licensure, Hawaii Licensure, Mississippi Licensure, Washington Licensure



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