Tallahassee, Florida – June 28, 2012 – The Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (“BACB®”) has authorized the development of a new professional credentialing program for behavioral technicians, the front-line staff who implement behavior plans. The number of behavioral technicians has grown along with the demand for quality behavior-analytic services. This growth, along with requests to identify and evaluate standards for behavioral technicians by regulatory and funding stakeholders, firmly establishes the need for a new credential. The RBTTM credential will complement the BCBA-DTM, BCBA®, and BCaBA® credentials as an entry-level program that reflects the education and training necessary for the duties of a behavioral technician. The process for developing the behavioral technician credential will involve a large-scale survey, a meeting of subject matter experts, and additional input from key stakeholders. Requirements for the new credential will then be submitted to the BACB Board of Directors for final input and approval before being disseminated to the field along with an implementation timeline.
For official pdf of press release from BACB, click here.
Please consider writing an email (BY MONDAY 3/26/2012) to show support for continued funding for DD Councils in MA...thank you! - Behaviorbabe, 3/24/2012.
I have been contacted by Daniel Shannon, the Executive Director of the MA Developmental Disability Council, requesting OUR help in securing support for their continued funding (see attached note below). The state DD Councils have always been a friend of ABAI and our mission. I am writing to request that you ask your members and state organization to send emails/letters on Monday morning to Sens. Brown and Kerry of Massachusetts as well as your Senators to support this effort.
Please "cc" Daniel Shannon on all correspondence.
Thank you for your help,
Dear Council friends and colleagues: I realize this is short notice, but…
Staff at NACDD, our national organization, will be meeting with MA Senators Kerry and Brown next week to discuss funding for DD Councils. They have asked me to encourage friends of the Council to send letters by Monday Morning, March 26th to Senators Kerry and Brown asking them include funding for DD Councils on the list of priorities that they will submit to the Appropriations Subcommittee before its deadline of March. 29th.
What we need from you:
We ask you to send letters by email to the staffers below.
Send Senator Kerry’s letter and attachments to: -- Alison_Bonebrake@kerry.senate.gov (Please note there is an underscore _ between the first and last name)
Send Senator Scott Brown and attachments to: -- Daniel_Diorio@scottbrown.senate.gov (Please note there is an underscore _ between the first and last name)
Once you have sent the e-mails please let me know that you have done so. Feel free to distribute this to others.
Daniel M. Shannon, Executive DirectorMA Developmental Disabilities CouncilQuincy, MA 02169Phone - 617-770-7676 X108Fax - 617-770-1987www.mass.gov/mddc
DBA SIG - If you are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis worldwide, this is the place for you. The DBA SIG is looking to release behavior analysis from its pigeon-holes, and really publicize the potential our science has to develop global solutions in all realms of life. Behavior analysts have demonstrated our efficacy in very specific populations, and we're really good at proving that our interventions work...to ourselves. We are not as good at getting the word out to those who aren't aware of the science of behavior.
Some general ideas for disseminating behavioral science include:
Carr, J. and Fox, Eric. Using Video Technology to Disseminate Behavioral Procedures, (2009). Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 919-923.
Morris, E. Public Information, Dissemination, and Behavior Analysis (1985). The Behavior Analyst, 8, 95-110.