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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Special Event #87
SQAB Tutorial: The Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Behavior Analyst Profession
Saturday, May 29, 2010
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
007CD (CC)
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Presenting Authors: : GERALD L. SHOOK (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: The tutorial will explore the development of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) including the growth of the BACB since its inception a decade ago; the process used by the BACB to develop degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements to qualify for the examinations; the development of the examination content and construction of the examinations; the spread of certification to countries outside of the United States; and future development of BACB behavior analyst credentialing. The presentation will examine the role BACB certification has within the larger context of the behavior analytic field and the contributions that the BACB has made to the growth and development of the field. The tutorial will focus on how Behavior Analyst Certification Board certifications can help individuals have fulfilling careers as professional behavior analysts and will provide examples of career paths that are available for behavior analysts with Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certifications.
GERALD L. SHOOK (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Dr. Gerald L. Shook is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and Principal of Shook & Associates. The most important professional development in the field of behavior analysis has been the creation of an international certification program, and the person most responsible for this achievement is Jerry Shook. During the 1980s, he spearheaded the certification of behavior analysts in the state of Florida. He then fostered adoption of the Florida model in state after state and subsequently established this model as the blueprint for an international program. As the only formal program of credentialing in behavior analysis, it has had profound effects on both service delivery and university training throughout the world. In many ways, the program has created the profession of "applied behavior analysis."



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