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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #263
Careers in Behavior Analysis: Moving Beyond Autism
Sunday, May 29, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 204A/B
Area: TBA/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Angela Joyce Cathey (Better Living Center for Behavioral Health)
JOHN WESENBERG (Better Living Center for Behavioral Health;
HUNTER BARRON (Better Living Center for Behavioral Health;; Better Living Initiative)
Abstract: As of October 1st, 2021, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) currently reports 73.16% of BACB certificate holders (BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs) are working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Therefore, out of 165,201 certificate holders, 120,861 are in ASD. We have to ask ourselves, are we becoming autism practitioners and not behavior analytic practitioners? Newly licensed certificate holders assume the only opportunity to disseminate behavior analysis and implement reinforcement schedules are on children with ASD. Many certificate holders do not know their options nor are they able to readily navigate a therapeutic context apart from ASD. This panel will provide critical steps in setting yourself up for success and engaging in new professional therapeutic opportunities. The bulk of the panel will address how to identify opportunities, better prepare yourself for crossing into new areas (e.g., update resume'), begin to translate new topographies using behavior principles, and be a supportive member of a multidisciplinary team.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Beyond Autism, Consulting, Mental Health, Multi-disciplinary teams



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