What is BCBA?
When you are looking for behavior therapy, you would come across people who claim themselves as behavior analysis or a BCBA. So what is it exactly? BCBA stands for “Board Certified Behavior Analyst” is a graduate level certification in behavior analysis. It is a standard established by BACB “Behavior Analyst Certification Board®”. BCBAs are qualified to supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions. Simply put, BCBA is the minimum requirement to become a supervisor or behavior consultant. They have the credentials to design and implement treatment plans. As a BCaBA, he/she must receive supervision from a BCBA and cannot work independently. However, supervising RBTs are allowed.
About the organization
BACB is a non profit organization, it started in Florida since 1998. Soon after, in 2000, it went international. The aim of BACB is to establish a minimum standard for behavior analyst. BACB requirements are written by professionals in the field and are constantly modified and updated to meet the changing needs.
Until today, there are 22,620 behavior analyst globally, and certification courses are provided by different universities around the world. In Hong Kong, there are 43 behavior analyst and around 48 in mainland China, which is only 1.7% of the BCBA population in Florida.
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