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.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||European Journal of Behavior Analysis|
|Early online date||16 Jun 2020|
|Publication status||Early online date - 16 Jun 2020|
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.