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  • 19 Mar 2021 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    Celebrate World Behaviour Analysis Day on 20 March 2021

    The 20th of March has officially been proclaimed World Behaviour Analysis Day by National Day Archive. A group of behaviour analysts have worked over the past year to make this day a real thing! Check out their website and Facebook for more information!

    http://behavioranalysisday.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/WorldBehaviorAnalysisDay

    #WorldBehaviorAnalysisDay #WBAD

    What can you do for World Behaviour Analysis Day?

    • Watch the inaugural video premiering on Youtube on 20 March at 12pm EDT

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSBeIJ68jZA

    • The Association for the Advancement of Radical Behavior Analysis, Italy’s ABAI affiliate chapter, is hosting an online event on 20 March from 4-6pm CDT

    http://www.aarba.eu/world-behavior-analysis-day-en/

    • Create your own unique way to celebrate this day of behavioural science and love for all things behaviour analysis.

  • 3 Mar 2021 7:09 AM | Anonymous


    2021 Conference Announcement 

    Let's Get Virtual!

    After the postponement of our 2020 annual conference in Sydney due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABA Australia had high hopes that we would hold our 2021 conference in Sydney as scheduled. About six months ago, the board of directors began discussing the reality of holding an in-person conference in 2021. To better understand our members' thoughts and preferences, we sent out a survey about the 2021 conference.

    Members’ Survey

    Out of the 84 respondents, most stated they had planned on attending the conference 2020. When asked how likely they would attend an in-person conference: 29.7% said unlikely, 27.4% were unsure, and 45.2% said likely to attend. When asked if the conference should be postponed again: 46.7% were unsure, 20.2% said yes, and 31.2% said no. When asked if the conference needed to be delayed again, what was the virtual format preference? There was a similar preference for either a virtual conference or webinar series. With this information and seeing what has unfolded with citywide and statewide lockdowns, it has become clear that holding a face-to-face conference in Sydney this July might not be possible. The COVID-19 virus is highly unpredictable and can get through some of the world’s strictest quarantine systems, meaning that we could potentially have to cancel the conference last minute due to government restrictions. As always, our top priority is making the annual conference a safe, productive, and enjoyable experience for everyone who attends. In these uncertain times, we have decided the best way to do that is to turn the annual conference into a virtual conference while keeping it in July. We have adjusted the dates a bit, as explained in more detail below.

    Conference Program

    We will have several prerecorded and some live presentations (available later on-demand) available across July 2021. We understand that the time spent online has increased over the past year and that ‘Zoom fatigue’ is real. We wanted you to be at your best when listening to our conference program, so we thought it best to let you choose when to watch the presentations.

    But what about networking and real connections?

    Networking is an essential part of a conference, one of the main reasons we love holding the conference. We are looking to host several small in-person networking events in each state and territory (yes, even you NT!). We will release more information about these events in the coming months. We wanted to provide a way for our members to connect with other local members or ABA nerds without crossing any borders. We are looking to hold these events in September - October 2021. As the requirements for live events change quickly, all we can say is that there will be presentations, roundtable discussions, and a poster session at each event.

    What if you want to present?

    We are securing several invited speakers worldwide (one of the benefits of a virtual conference). However, we still love to show off our local talent. Submission for presentations can be made on our website.

    How much will this cost?

    Virtual registration rates will be lower than for one of our in-person conferences. Check out our website for prices as they are based on your membership status. Ticket prices include access to all the recorded events and all BACB CEUs (Whoo Hoo!). There is an early bird discount if you purchase by 31/5. Tickets will go on sale 15/3/2021. We are also offering free tickets to people who live in low-income countries. One of our objectives is to disseminate this amazing science we love so much. As we are going virtual, this allows us to push our dissemination objectives beyond Australia's borders. More information about this is available on our website. Please spread the word about this opportunity!

    Sponsors

    We have sponsorship options available for our conference. Check out our website for options. Or contact us to discuss a customised sponsorship package.

    What if I bought a ticket last year and kept it?

    We'll be sending you an email shortly explaining your ticket options. More info here!



  • 27 Nov 2020 6:47 AM | Anonymous

    Hello Australia!

    Summer is almost here, restrictions are being eased, and COVID-19 is getting a boot with hand washing, mask wearing, and a heap of rule governed behaviour. It has been a long 9 months but we are finally starting to see the benefits of this hard work. That being said, the last 9 months have not been easy for most, people have been deeply impacted by COVID-19, and it will continue to dominate our lives until a vaccine is available to all. Nevertheless, behaviour analysis doesn’t have to stop and wait too.

    At ABA Australia we have been busy working on a number of tasks and hoping to create lasting change in Australia. Our main task has been to set up systems to launch self-regulation of behaviour analysis. But something had to be put on the back burner, so we haven’t been too busy working on getting next year’s conference ready (yup we just say it as it is).

    First let’s get the conference out of the way. As a board, we have a number of concerns about running a conference with COVID-19 still knocking at our borders. To help us make future decisions with our members' viewpoints in mind we’ve created a survey for our members to give us their opinions on having a conference or another postpointment and what could be viable alternatives. 


    1. Under the current restrictions in NSW the 4sq metre rule is still in place. That means the number of people at our venue is 125 maximum. This also means that lunch will not be a buffet but a boxed meal. Finally, our social hour will need to a seated event, making networking and socialising much harder... in NSW you are not allowed to stand and hold a drink. Poster session can go on, but again the 1.5 metre social distancing must be followed. 
    2. We will also have to consider the border restrictions between states, and whether delegates can travel interstate. We have recently seen how quickly these restrictions can be imposed.
    3. Our presenters will more than likely be only Australian and possibly our Kiwi friends, as we are not going to ask anyone to go through hotel quarantine to speak at the conference. 
    4. Additionally, dining out requires bookings, which could make planning food for the weekend a bit challenging. 
    5. Alternatives are that we postpone another year, and host a number of webinars throughout the year. This option would allow access to content from experts from around the world. With this option, a number of webinars would have to be pre-recorded due to time differences. 
    We are very open to hear our member’s opinions on these options and share their ideas. A survey link will be sent to our members and a few reminders to take the survey in the weeks to follow to make sure we get your opinion. 

    Self-Regulation

    Our workgroups have been busy and we cannot thank them enough for all their time and energy they have contributed to this project. Here is a list of tasks that have been completed:

    • Self regulation business plan created
    • Literature search and review on ABA and regulation
    • Summary of articles on ABA and regulation
    • Powerpoint created about regulation in Australia
    • Standards of practices template and suggestion created
    • Code of ethics template and suggestions created
    • Stakeholder engagement plan developed
    • Stakeholder registry being created 
    • Complaints process created
     

    There are still more projects to do but we are focusing next on creating the code of ethics and standards of practice and reaching out to our stakeholders. We would like to see a big push in this area in the next few months to be able to roll out our self-regulation. 

    BACB Application

    We are very excited to announce that our application has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). This means that BACB exams will continue to be available after 31 December 2022. Our status will be reviewed every 5 years to see if we continue to meet the necessary requirements. However, the BACB does caution that their regulations and legal issues may change at any time and we are subject to those changes. The BACB encourages us to continue to pursue our own regulation to ensure that we will have our regulatory body to continue to establish ABA a safe and ethical career in Australia.

  • 28 Mar 2020 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    We are here for you, even though we will stay apart


    As practitioners in the field of ABA we know these are challenging times for our members.  Many of you may be in limbo about whether you can continue to provide quality services to your clients. We are all trying to figure out how to deliver services safely, which is causing a lot of disruption to our client’s routines and service delivery, all while dealing with the uncertainty of where the next few months will take us. This is taking a toll on all of us.

    We want to update you on what the Board of ABA Australia is doing to help our community during these uncertain times. We feel now more than ever we want to ensure solidarity with our members and support the ABA community.

    We’ve added a page on our website to list various resources in relation to COVID-19. This page will be updated regularly with new content. We ask if you find a resource you think the ABA community would find useful please email us the link to the webpage. If you have a document you created and want to share it, again send it to us and we will post it on the website.
    • Send all resource links to admin@auaba.com.au.
    • Title the email ‘COVID-19’.
    • Please include a brief title to the link to make it easy to organise on the webpage.

    Connecting with others: We will offer opportunities for social hang outs where practitioners from around Australia can get together virtually and discuss how they are going and share ideas for making it through these uncertain times. These will be set up in the coming weeks and you can book your hangout time via our website. We’ll keep the group size small so everyone can have a chance to connect. 

    Our conference has been postponed to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for everything to gather and enjoy learning, seeing old friends, and making new ones. We have moved our conference date to 23rd - 25th of July 2021 and it will be held at the World Square Rydges Hotel in Sydney. If you have purchased a conference ticket, made a submission, or purchased a sponsorship package, you should have received an email about this. Please check out the website for more information.
     

    We care about the well-being of our members and the ABA community, and we urge everyone to follow best practises to stay safe and healthy during this time. We know that these are uncertain times, but we will get through this together – we are here for you.

     

    Kind Regards,

    Tessa, Alayna, Shell, Alex, Megan, & Josh

    ABA Australia Board of Directors

  • 13 Jan 2020 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    Check out our events for 2020!


    We've got two great events planned for the year so far. Check them out, get tickets now and don't miss out on our super early bird sale for the conference.
     
    Clinical Application of ACT for Behaviour Analysts: 3-Day Intensive Course
    Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D


    Date: 26th - 28th February 2019
    Time: 9-5pm each day
    Location: Charlestown, NSW
    21 BACB CEU

    Join Dr. Evelyn Gould for a 3-day intensive training course in the clinical application of ACT for ABA practitioners. This workshop is designed to provide practitioners with ‘hands-on’ training in assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, implementation, trouble-shooting, and treatment evaluation from an ACT perspective.

    Tickets - $695 Members / $950 Nonmembers
    SEATS ARE LIMITED!

    ACT TICKETS BUY NOW

    Pre-conference Workshop

    Dr. Sorah Stein, BCBA-D 
    Date: 24 July, 2020
    Time: 9am -  5pm
    Topic: Sexual behavior, functional assessment, and human rights

    Super Early Bird
    1/12/19 – 31/1/20
    Includes free BACB CEU for members

    Member $160
    Non-Member $230

    Annual Conference
    25th - 26th July 2020

    Tentative time: 8:30am - 5pm each day

    Keynote: Dr. Patricia Krutz from Kennedy Krieger Institute

    Invited speaker: Dr. Lewis Bizo

    More to be announced soon!

    We will be hosting a Saturday Night Social and poster session. This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and talk to researchers. Remember first drink is on us!

    SUPER EARLY BIRD SALE CONFERENCE TICKETS BUY NOW


    We are now taking submissions for our annual conference


    Checkout our submission page
    SUBMISSIONS OPEN CLICK HERE

  • 6 Jan 2020 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    A tough start to a new year

    We want to start by saying we are devastated to see the destruction caused by the astronomical number of bushfires across the country. Please, everyone, stay safe during these times and listen to the Rural Fire Service's warnings and recommendations. These bushfires are affecting all of us, and we need to support each other during this environmental disaster and look at how we influence climate change with behavioural science. But for now, we say focus on staying safe. 

    Global Certification

     
    Many of you are aware of the shocking announcement by the BACB on New Year's Eve for us. A horrible day for all Australia that will forever be remembered due to the horrific bushfires but also for the behaviour analytic community as the day we found out our certification was in limbo. ABA Australia is dedicated to supporting its members and the practice of ABA in Australia. We are finding out information at the same time as all of you. We will provide updates on the news to try to make sense of what has been said and what we plan to do. Here is what we can tell you:

     

    • Over the past year, ABA Australia has started discussions on how to start the national certification process for behaviour analysts (BAs) in Australia. We established a work group to start the process of figuring out how to do this. This project is still in its infancy. We are excited to hear the number of people willing to help in this area. In the coming weeks, we will present you with a more concrete plan and how you can best help.
     
    • If you have not already, please join the International Behaviour Analyst group on Facebook.This group is for BAs world-wide to voice concerns and share information. This group has developed a short survey for you to fill out about ABA practices and profession in your own country. Please fill out as this information be passed on to the BACB.
    • Make sure to read and re-read the BACB website page on global certification. They have some questions and answers to the concerns of BCBAs. From our understanding, those questions seem to get updated (changed or questions/answers added) from time-to-time, so please continue to monitor.
    • ABAI was in the dark, like the rest of us. They sent an email out on 4/1/20 stating their position on the matter. They also sent a survey out to their members, asking how ABAI can help. If you are an ABAI member, please read that email and respond to the survey. If you are not an ABAI member, they posted the email to their facebook page.

    We will make it out of this, the timeline is tight, and it would be nice to see the BACB expand it another few years to make it a little easier. Learning about the science of behaviour is to help people improve their lives, and people still need help. Keep up your studies during this time, seek supervision to become a better behaviour analyst; these things will not change, all that is changing is who will give you that stamp of approval.

     

    Stay Safe,
    ABA Australia Board of Directors

     

     

  • 16 Dec 2019 9:42 AM | Anonymous
    Hope everyone is having a productive and not too stressful end to the year. We we want to say for all those affected by the many bush fires across Australia, our thoughts are with you and we hope everyone continues to stay safe. We encourage members to find ways to support their local communities and states during this disastrous summer.
    We have a number of announcements to catch you up on. Please read below to find out the exciting events on offer!
    Check out our website for information about the 5th Annual Conference

    Our website is updated with information about our 5th annual conference being held in Sydney 24th-26th of July. Check out the pre-conference workshop and invited speakers.

    Ticket will go on sale shortly and we have a new super early bird prices, get in early to get the best deal. Also, get your tickets early as we sold out last year. Don't procrastinate.


    SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN
    We have a new submission option - clinical case presentations, check out the website more details.

    Clinical Application of ACT for Behaviour Analysts: 
    3-Day Intensive Course

    We are happy to announce that we will be offering a advance ACT 3-day intensive course given by the amazing Dr. Evelyn Gould. This is joint venture by Allambi Care and ABA Australia to provide you with a more in depth understanding of ACT and how to apply it to your practice. Check out the agenda. Seats are limited, so don't delay in buying your ticket.

    Join Dr. Evelyn Gould for a 3-day intensive training course in the clinical application of ACT for ABA practitioners. This workshop is designed to provide practitioners with ‘hands-on’ training in assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, implementation, trouble-shooting, and treatment evaluation from an ACT perspective. An introduction to the underlying philosophical and theoretical roots of ACT will be provided, however, the focus of this training will be on clinical skill building and the application of ACT alongside more traditional ABA strategies. The workshop will also emphasize the importance of establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with families, and engaging in self-practice for behaviour analysts. Participants will learn skills and techniques they can use within their everyday work, while still staying within their scope of practice. Training will include didactic presentation, modeling and role-play, with active practice opportunities for participants to apply and receive feedback on new skills. The workshop will include individual, small group and large group exercises, and there will be opportunities for participants to present case examples and engage in case consultation with peers and the trainer.

    Agenda
    Day 1
    • Session 1: Introduction to ACT (RGB, RFT, Private Events)
    • Session 2: ACT assessment and case conceptualization 1
    • Session 3: ACT assessment and case conceptualization 2
    • Session 4: Writing treatment goals and assessing progress
     Day 2
    • Session 1: ACT basics: Establishing the therapeutic alliance
    • Session 2: ACT basics: Shaping Curiosity and Broad Purposeful Attention
    • Session 3: ACT basics: Increasing Willingness and Motivation
    • Session 4: ACT basics: Strengthening Flexibility and Persistence
    Day 3
    • Session 1: Recap and Questions
    • Session 2: Putting it all together: Case Examples with Practice
    • Session 3: Putting it all together: Case Examples with Practice
    • Session 4: Advanced ACT Skills (Avoiding common pitfalls; trouble-shooting)
    • Wrap up

    Ticket prices
    Member - $695
    Non-Member - $950
    Ticket prices include morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and tea and coffee all day.
    Free BACB CEU will be available for all members

    FREE ADVERTING ON ABA AUSTRALIA WEBSITE !!!

    MEMBERS GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP. ALL MEMBERS CAN ADVERTISE THEIR BUSINESS OR IF THEY PROVIDE BACB SUPERVISION ON ABA AUSTRALIA'S WEBSITE FOR FREE. PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND WE WILL ADD IT TO THE WEBSITE.

    Not only will this benefit your business but if all member advertise their services we can provide a a robust directly to families/individuals/others professionals looking for service providers or supervisors.


    To have be listed as a service provider or BACB approved supervisor you need to:

    1. Be an ABA Australia member
    2.  For service providers be the owner, CEO, or General Manager of the company

    Supply us with the following information by emailing: advertising@auaba.org.au

    • Service providers – company name, service locations, types of services/populations serviced, website, and contact information
    • BACB approved supervisors – name, credentials, location, type of supervision offered (e.g., in person, remote), trainee type (RBT, BCaBA, BCBA candidates), individual and/or group supervision, date you completed the supervisor training, and contact information
    • All listings will be available indefinitely. Please contact us if anything changes in relation to your listing (e.g., company closes, contact information changes, you no longer have capacity for more trainees).
    Want to become an ABA Australia member or need to renew your membership?

    Click below to become a member or renew.

    Member Benefits:
    • Members receive reduced fees for the annual conference and other ABA Australia sponsored events.
    • Members receive a newsletter that contains news about activities of the association, reviews of books/articles of interest to behaviour analysis, and articles offering education information about the science of behaviour analysis and its application.
    • Members enjoy opportunities for networking and contributing of ideas through member meetings and committees.
  • 19 Sep 2019 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    To complete the survey follow this link: https://forms.gle/iBKNL1Tt59DEgNgo9 
    We look forward to working with you!!



  • 17 Sep 2019 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Position Paper Posted to Website


    ABA Australia has adopted position paper that states that ABA Australia does not support the use Facilitated Communication, Rapid Prompting Method, and Spelling to Communicate as a means for people with disabilities to communicate. To read more about about this position paper please click the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Warm Regards,
    Board of Directors
    Click to Position Paper
  • 29 Jun 2019 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    We are very excited to announce that ABAA is now an affiliate chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International (ABAI). We are honoured to be accepted as a national affiliate chapter as ABAI already has a national Australian affiliate chapter. In ABAI’s words, “This exception to ABAI’s policy

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