James E. Carr – The Evolution of Certification Standards for Behavior Analysts: The BACB’s Consumer Protection Mission


1.0 Type II CEU

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.

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