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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Invited Tutorial #468
CE Offered: BACB
Tutorial: Licensure for Behavior Analysts: Has the Time Arrived?
Monday, May 26, 2008
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Ph.D.
Chair: Maria R. Ruiz (Rollins College)
Presenting Authors: : MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)

This tutorial will focus on the comments made in the preceding panel discussion on the topic of licensure of behavior analysts by Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D., BCBA. In his presentation, Dr. Cautilli presented a comparison analysis of the professionalism of Behavior Analysis and other professions, with regard to licensure and their histories. This tutorial will present some parallel histories of development with other professions including psychology, social work, speech, and the NBCC (certification for counselors). The issue of licensure for behavior analysts is indeed a controversial one with myriad guild, professional and legal ramifications and considerations. Given the now 50 year history of Behavior Analysis flagship journal, JEBA, and 40 years if JABA, as well as the creation of the BACB in 2000, now the standard for behavior analyst practitioners in the United States and other countries, has the time come for licensure? The reasons for licensure and what makes it different from certification will be presented. Ethical and legal ramifications (protecting the public), as well as third party payment, are among the main distinctions, and reasons for pursuing licensure.

MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
Dr. Michael Weinberg is editor and a co-founder of the Behavior Analyst Today, and Behavior Analyst Online journals, and founder and president of Orlando Behavior Health Services, L.L.C., a BACB approved CE provider. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 in the experimental analysis of behavior program at Temple University, and B.A. in psychology in 1977 with an ABA focus at the E.K. Shriver Center and Northeastern University. Dr. Weinberg is a licensed psychologist in three states, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with over 30 years of experience in the field, providing treatment to children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and other disorders. He has been on the part-time faculty of Temple University, Psychology Department, adjunct at Rutgers University, and Penn State University. He was also a BACB approved independent instructor of certification courses in Florida. Dr. Weinberg has published articles and book chapters in behavior analysis in the areas of juvenile justice, functional analysis, and reactive attachment disorder. He conducts workshops and training on OBM, behavioral counseling approaches, and other areas. A Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and collaborated in the development of an accreditation process for programs providing ABA services.



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