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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Panel #453
Behavior Analyst Licensure: Current Status in States With Licensure Laws
Monday, May 31, 2010
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Michael Weinberg (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
KIMBERLY NIX BERENS (Center for Advanced Learning, Inc.)
JIM BOUDER (The Vista School)
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Endicott College)
JOHN SCIBAK (Massachusetts House of Representatives; The Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Co-Chair of the Oral Health Legislative Caucus)
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
Abstract: In the past three years, licensing of behavior analysts has been signed into law in several states. This movement toward licensure and advancement of the profession of applied behavior analysis has prompted ABAI to establish a Practice Board in 2008. The Practice Board in conjunction with ABAI Council, has developed its own Model Licensing Act for behavior analysts. In addition, the BACB has also developed its own Model Licensing Act. In the past two years, several states have reviewed legislation, largely promoted in a funding bill being promoted by Autism Speaks. This legislation has itself been voted into law in a number of states, and in addition, several states have also included licensure of behavior analysts to ensure consumer protection and that high quality services will be provided. This panel consists of some key individuals involved with this process from states with licensure laws for behavior analysts. Panelists will present on the process involved with pursuing licensing legislation, who will oversee the process in their state, qualifications for licensure, who will be on licensing boards and selection processes, and will discuss their perspectives for future directions for this process.



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