The Evolution of Certification Standards for Behavior Analysts: The BACB’s Consumer Protection Mission

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About the presentation:

As a result of the rapid growth of applied behavior analysis, the profession has recently welcomed large numbers of new practitioners to its fold. Not surprisingly, more practitioners serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than any other population. In response to the current concentration of practitioners in the ASD area, numerous professional presentations and publications have called for a greater diversity of practice areas within the profession. I will provide a critical analysis of such exhortations and illustrate that the premise of many of them is mentalistic and that they are fundamentally unlikely to change practice-area distribution. Instead, I will provide an assessment of how practitioners enter various areas and illustrate various strategies that might be effective in increasing workforces in underrepresented practice areas.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe recent BACB data trends.
  • Describe the process the BACB uses to revise its standards.
  • Describe the basic elements of the BACB’s ethics and disciplinary system.

About the presenter:

James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D is the Chief Executive Officer of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. His professional interests include behavior analyst credentialing, behavioral assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities, verbal behavior, and practitioner training. Dr. Carr has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on these and other topics. Dr. Carr is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and has served on the editorial boards of 10 other behavior analysis journals, including 4 appointments as associate editor. Dr. Carr is the president of the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis and past president of the Mid-American and Alabama Associations for Behavior Analysis. He received his doctorate in 1996 from Florida State University under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Bailey and previously served on the behavior analysis faculties at University of Nevada-Reno (1996-1999), Western Michigan University (1999-2008), and Auburn University (2008-2011).