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OBM Network. ABAI 2013 Business Meeting. 2012-2013 Awards and Recognitions. OBM Network Website Coordinator Randall Hallman, M.A. Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Alyce Dickinson. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • OBM NetworkABAI 2013 Business Meeting

  • 2012-2013 Awards and Recognitions

  • OBM Network Website CoordinatorRandall Hallman, M.A.

  • Lifetime Achievement AwardDr. Alyce Dickinson

  • The most important thing I can say about Alyce is that she is a friend and has served me as a counselor and confidant for many years. -Aubrey DanielsThere is no doubt in my mind that Alyce deserves a place on the list of those who have made critical contributions to OBM, sustained over a lifetime.-Chuck CrowellShe is one of the vanguards of our field, and one of its most ardent cheerleaders and defenders.-Maria MalottWithout her, the heaviness of being a struggling student would have never been replaced by the lightness of being successful.-Shezeen OahAlyce has mentored many of us in some form or fashion and the field is bigger and stronger for it.-Judy Agnew

  • Update from Dr. Alyce DickinsonOBM and License Laws

  • Discussed current state of license laws and pros and cons of licensing for OBM professionalsAd hoc committee was appointed to follow-upAlyce Dickinson, Amanda Mentzer, & Richard OBrienMain concern addressed by the committeeLack of representation when laws are being craftedLack of awareness by OBM professionals when laws were/are being consideredFailure of the advocates of the laws, usually human service providers, to consider potential implications for other applied behavior analysts

    *OBMN Meeting 2012

  • Broad title and/or practice laws (no exclusions)You cannot call yourself a behavior analyst and/or practice behavior analysis unless licensedTitle and practice laws: AZ, KY, VATitle law: WIPractice law: MORestrictiveLaw covers only behavior analysts who provide services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders or those with pervasive behavioral disorders/disabilitiesRI, ND, NV, OKRI also has an explicit exemption for OBM

    *Categories of License Laws

  • No law, certification by BACB is sufficient protection for citizensWV, June 2012

    *Categories of License Laws

  • States pass licensing lawsNo national professional association is directly involvedFor historical and budgetary reasons ABAI is not involvedBACB has crafted a model license law that states often use as a starting pointAPBA does monitor and attempt to influence state and national legislation that it believes will benefit BACB credentialed behavior analystsStates typically consult with ABAI affiliated state chapters when crafting laws


  • Because ABAI is not involved in licensing and because the state affiliated chapters are often predominantly composed of human service providers, many of whom are also members of APBA, other applied behavior analysts are often not aware when laws are being considered or perhaps they are aware but are not aware of their significance/relevance (its only relevant to human services, let those guys handle it and do the work)

    *Representation Gap

  • BACB revised its model license law in Oct. 2012 based on concerns expressed by this group and applied animal trainers last yearLaw now contains exclusionary language for OBM and AAT should states wish to adopt it

    *BACB Model License Law

  • Very positive stepIncreases awareness of potential licensing concerns of OBM professionals by BACB certified professionalsTacit agreement/acknowledgement that it is reasonable to exclude OBM from licensingIssues for those advocating exclusion of OBMshould states wish to adopt itOBM and AAT are on board, pull up the rope, Jack

    *BACB Revised Model License Law

  • Laws should be broad title and practice lawsProtect the general public and field of behavior analysisIncrease the quality of ABAEnhance the status of behavior analysts with other professions: professionalize the fieldLaws should be broad title and practice laws that exclude certain specializations, such as OBMLaws should be restricted to those who provide clinical services (autism, DD), which excludes all other areas of applied behavior analysisLaws should not be passed; current certification process is sufficient to protect consumers and the field (i.e., WV)

    *Four Perspectives on Licensing

  • ***************************************ABAI State Affiliated Chapters***************************************The Gap:ABAI is not involved in licensingChapters are often dominated by HS providers

    *Key to Representation

  • After this committee raised concerns about representation, it was discussed byABAI Executive Council in Dec. 2012Representatives of ABAI, BACB, & APBA


  • Do nothing as a groupA member could periodically check with the ABAI state chapters re license laws and disseminate this via the list servAdvocate that ABAI serve as a clearing house for member notification when laws are being consideredTo determine intent of current broad title & practice laws (do they actually cover areas other than clinical services), a member could interview a license board memberSurvey OBMN members to determine whether it wants to develop an official position re license laws, advocating restrictive laws or OBM exclusionary lawsOther suggestions?

    *Potential Next Steps for OBMN

  • ABAI OBM Leadership ConferenceRamona Houmanfar, UNR

  • OBMN Membership Survey ResultsJames Morrison, WMU

  • PositivesThe majority of members read our newsletterMembers are satisfied with newsletter lengthPopular items include case studies, discussion articles, book reviews, and research studiesNegativesThe majority of members dont know how to submit an articleThe majority of members indicated that announcements were least preferred section of newsletterTo be expectedForced choice


  • Top reasons for not attending: Cost / LocationPossible solutions?Partner with other ABAI chapters/SIGS, other organizations (e.g., CalABA, ISPI)Top comments regarding conference:Fewer consultants/better mix of practice/researchMore data-driven presentationsConference

  • PositivesTop hits: Forum, recommended books, and video of the monthWorking on several ideas to expand upon theseBuilding new websiteTraining web master positionSolicit updated book lists and teaching materialsNegativesMost people check in once a month or lessRecommendationsPossible job postings section?Other recommendations?Website

  • NegativesSurprisingly few members have Twitter or Facebook accountsThose that do use social media would like theoretical discussion, research links, event notices, announcements for the newsletter and journalRecommendationsThoughts on increasing social media use?Social Media

  • GrantsThe majority of members are unaware of the grants offered by the OBM NetworkAwardsThe majority of members are unaware of award nominationsMembershipLarge increase in international membershipOther

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