Higher Education and behavior analysis in Europe: Creating a unified approach for the training of autism professionals

Lise Roll-Pettersson, Angeliki Gena, Sigmund Eldevik, Paolo Moderato, Zuilma Gabriela Sigurdardottir, Karola Dillenburger Dillenburger, Mickey Keenan, Shahla Alai-Rosales

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Abstract

Training of behaviour analysts for autism services, has improved notably within a European higher education context. However, regional discrepancies associated with economic, health care, social services, and institutional policies magnify the importance of creating appropriate unified training and consumer protection. Although the European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA) has endorsed the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) designations, the absence of European and national regulations, recognition, and accreditation remain significant barriers to quality training and implementation. These challenges are  particularly pertinent in light of BACB decision to limit certification to residents in the USA and Canada after 2022. Advances, challenges, and future directions are discussed within the context of higher education in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. The post-Bologna European agenda for higher education, globalization and opportunities for the training of behaviour analysts within European higher education are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-184
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Journal of Behavior Analysis
Volume21
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Behaviour analysis
  • Europe
  • IBI
  • autism
  • higher education
  • sustainability

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