Higher Education and Behavior Analysis in Europe: Creating a Unified Approach for the Training of Autism Professionals.
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Original versionRoll-Pettersen L, Gena, Eldevik SE, Moderato P, Sigurdardottir ZG, Dillenburger K, Keenan M, Alai Rosales. Higher Education and Behavior Analysis in Europe: Creating a Unified Approach for the Training of Autism Professionals. . European Journal of Behavior Analysis (EJOBA). 2020;21:158-184 https://doi.org/10.1080/15021149.2020.1758990
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.