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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #510
CE Offered: BACB
Casting a Wide Net: Bridging Disciplines With Applied Behavior Analysis
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
W184d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: John D. Molteni, Ph.D.
Chair: John D. Molteni (University of Saint Joseph)
MELISSA ROOT (University of Saint Joseph)
NICHOLAS GELBAR (Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis)

Behavior Analysis has broad applications across disciplines but receives little recognition as a unique discipline in fields where certification and licensure are required. Behavior analytic techniques are widely used without recognition of their foundation or an understanding their underlying principles (e.g., reinforcement and time-out from positive reinforcement). Alternatively, given the prevalence of behavior analytic interventions in the treatment of autism, practitioners may be limited to a population that has a level of recognition for third-party reimbursement. Opportunities exist for behavior analysts to influence practice in a number of fields even where there is not a significant presence. This panel will examine how behavior analysts who are credentialed in other areas are able to influence policy, organizations and drive outcomes that support their related fields (e.g., psychology and education) while identifying themselves as behavior analysts. Examples of organizations within which these methods have been applied (e.g., higher education and school systems) will be discussed. An interactive discussion of future directions for supporting behavior analysis will conclude the presentation.

Keyword(s): Credentialing, Interdisciplinary, Practice issues, Program Development



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