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D.O.E: Job Code for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)
Department of Education Announces Job Code for Board Certified Behavior Analysts
The DOE’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently announced the creation of a job code for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Click here to access the DOE's announcement. Given the intensive educational and behavioral needs of children, adolescents, and adults with autism, Autism New Jersey is working towards advancing initiatives that increase the availability and quality of behavioral services. Our recent collaborative public policy work with the Department of Education focused on recognition for professional behavior analysts. Click here to see detailed information. This important policy change sends a clear message that the distinct and specialized contributions of BCBAs are valued within the school community. This job code allows public, private, and charter schools throughout the state to hire BCBAs who may not be DOE certified and informs them that they are allowed to hire and compensate BCBAs who do not hold DOE certificates. Click here to read more.
Coming in April: Statewide ASERT Website & Resource Center
ASERT, Pennsylvania’s leading source of autism-related resources and information, is launching a new website in April 2013 - PAautism.org. The website will provide autism-related resources and information for individuals with autism, their families, communities, and the providers who support them.
Here are a few key features of PAautism.org:
- A rich database of events, trainings, conferences, news, community resources & information
- A robust filtering tool that allows users to find information on specific topics quickly and easily
- Compatibility with tablets and mobile devices
In addition to PAautism.org, the ASERT Resource Center continues to be a valuable resource and is available statewide Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (877-231-4244).
Stay up-to-date before the launch by subscribing to ASERT’s email list.
To learn more about the new website, visit PAautism.org/sneakpeek or download the attached postcard and flyer.
Please help us spread the word about PAautism.org by sharing the attached postcard and flyer with your network or by referring them to PAautism.org/sneakpeek.
ASERT is a statewide initiative funded by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services, DPW.
BACB Reveals New Continuing Education Requirements
1. The recertification cycle will be changed from 3 to 2 years. With this change, certificants will renew and recertify in alternate years.
2. The number of required continuing education credits per 2-year recertification cycle will be 32 for BCBAs/BCBA-Ds and 20 for BCaBAs. These changes represent 33% and 25% increases in continuing education hours for BCBAs/BCBA-Ds and BCaBAs, respectively.
3. The ethics and professional behavior category will be restricted to ethics content only and all certificants will need to obtain 4 hours per cycle from this category. It should be noted that BCBAs/BCBA-Ds who wish to supervise individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs will also need to obtain 3 hours of continuing education per recertification cycle as part of the 32-hour requirement.
4. A new category of continuing education activities (CE Type 7) has been added to reflect the learning that occurs in scholarly activities such as the publication of journal articles and editorial reviews.
BACB Announces New Supervision Curriculum Available
As announced in the September 2012 newsletter, the BACB will be instituting new requirements for BCBAs and instructors in approved course sequences who supervise the applied experience of those pursuing certification, as well as BCBAs who supervise the ongoing practice of BCaBAs. The most significant of the new requirements will be the completion of a post-certification, competency-based, training program on supervision. This training needs to be completed no later than December 31, 2014.
The basis of the newly required supervision training will be the BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline, which is now available on the website. The curriculum outline includes the following content:
• The Purpose of Supervision • Important Features of Supervision
• Behavioral Skills Training • Delivering Performance Feedback
• Evaluating the Effects of Supervision • Ongoing Professional Development
For the complete list of changes and additions to the supervision requirements please visit the BACB website at http://www.bacb.com
The Presidents of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) met on December 11, 2011 to discuss how these organizations can best serve and advance the field of behavior analysis. The discussion covered the aims and efforts of the three organizations in approaching that overall goal, the relationships among the organizations, and the role each plays in our discipline. This constructive meeting reinforced the importance of cooperating to advance our field, and resulted in the following affirmation:
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends treatment of ADHD with behavior therapy and medications, when appropriate.
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ABAI, APBA, and the BACB pledge to work together to support and advance the interests of the field of behavior analysis. We acknowledge the importance of each organization’s role, and agree to move forward in a cooperative and collegial manner.
Approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, March 7, 2012
Approved by the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Board of Directors, March 15, 2012
Approved by the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, May 25, 2012
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