7 Resources for Therapists to Dive Deeper into Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism
As our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) know, the learning doesn’t stop once they pass the BACB exam. The role comes with a non-stop world of education – and challenges – as the field is constantly changing and our community continues to find out more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
To help our BCBAs and other Hopebridge heroes keep up with the guidelines, trends and changes in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), we worked with our in-house experts to curate a list of key organizations that support BCBAs throughout their journey. From licensure and ethics to coding and other business practices for providers, this list was created to help them every step of the way … and now we want to share it with you, too!
Whether you are a BCBA, RBT, student of ABA or just a passionate autism advocate, below you will find the organizations you should connect with as you seek more education.
Organizations BCBAs Need to Know About:
Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) If you’re a BCBA or in school to become one, we know you’re already aware of the BACB … but, how familiar are you with the ways the organization can continue to help you post-exam? Not only does this source provide certifications, but it offers a wealth of information surrounding the profession, including handbooks, licensure information and the Inside the BACB podcast for the most updated content.
ABA Ethics Hotline It can sometimes be difficult to understand how the Code of Ethics for the ABA field applies to specific situations. This site offers responses for the difficult scenarios that arise every day within the practice of behavior analysis. With opportunities to review common topics, ask questions and confirm answers with ethicists, this resource offers independent ethics consultation and guidance for both new and experienced therapists.
The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP) With a mission to cultivate, share and advocate for provider best practices in autism services, this nonprofit association offers a vast amount of resources for those dedicated to working in evidence-based practices like ABA. Even for non-members, the site offers webinars, conferences, CEU opportunities and guidelines available for review.
Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) The ABAI is the primary membership organization for individuals interested in the philosophy, science, application and teaching of behavior analysis across the world. Members can take advantage of conventions (virtual and in-person), job opportunities, electronic journal subscriptions, continuing education opportunities, special interest groups and articles that cover topics of interest to those in the ABA field.
ABA Coding Coalition Comprised of representatives from other key ABA and autism-focused organizations, the ABA Coding Coalition aims to support the implementation and education of the 2019 CPT® code set by ABA service providers and payers. The website shares FAQs, information on advocacy efforts and other key resources for working with CPT® codes.
At Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers, continuing education and growth is a top priority for our team. This list is just a sample of the many resources available to students, professionals and parents looking to expand their education around autism and ABA therapy. We’re always searching for ways to connect our Hopebridge heroes with the best in journals, literature, conferences, webinars and podcasts, so stay up to date with us on the blog for more recommendations.
Our support for our BCBAs and team members never stops. From paid, on-the-job training opportunities through our Behavior Analysis Fellowship (BAF) program, to a formal onboarding process for BCBAs, we are with our heroes every step of the way so they can be there for our kiddos. Want to work and learn with us, too? Visit our job site to view open positions at our centers across the country.
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