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 #335
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: I Didn't Learn This in Grad School: What Every BCBA Needs to Know About Opening Their Own Clinic
Monday, May 30, 2016
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Columbus Hall AB, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Other
Chair: Lauren Phillips (University of Houston - Clear Lake)
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Endicott College)
DANA B. HARRIS (Spectacular Kids ABA Therapy & Consulting, LLC)
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)

There are many components to starting one's own early-intervention clinic within the field of behavior analysis. Knowing where to start can often be a barrier to effectively allocating one's resources to develop the most successful clinic. Following these initial decisions, it is essential to ensure that the materials developed, and treatments delivered uphold the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Additionally, maintaining compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is crucial to ensure that protected health information of one's clients is appropriately safeguarded. Come learn from experts in the field as they discuss their experiences of opening their own clinics, upholding HIPAA regulations, evaluating problematic derivations from the BACB ethical guidelines, and working on a state licensing board to protect consumers through the enforcement of professional ethical standards.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the presentation, participants should be able to: (1) determine a good starting point and avoid common errors associated with starting one’s own clinic; (2) evaluate the BACB ethical guidelines, and establish policies that uphold these guidelines; (3) manage the flow of information in a manner that is compliant with HIPAA regulations.
Keyword(s): Clinic Startup, Ethics, HIPAA Compliance



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