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, Mickey Keenan, Shahla Ala’i-Rosales

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Abstract

Training of behaviour analysts for autism services, in general, has improved notably within a European higher education context. However, the discrepancies associated with regional economic, health care, social services, and institutional policies are problematic and 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. This problem is particularly pertinent in light of the decision by BACB 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 (1) the United Kingdom, (2) the Czech Republic, (3) Greece, (4) Iceland, (5) Italy, (6) Norway, and (7) Sweden. The post-Bologna European agenda for higher education and globalisation is discussed and opportunities for the training of behaviour analysts within European higher education are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Journal of Behavior Analysis
Early online date16 Jun 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 16 Jun 2020

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    Roll-Pettersson, L., Gena, A., Eldevik, S., Moderato, P., Sigurdardottir, Z. G., Dillenburger, K., Keenan, M., & Ala’i-Rosales, S. (2020). Higher Education and Behavior Analysis in Europe: Creating a Unified Approach for the Training of Autism Professionals. European Journal of Behavior Analysis.