5 ABA Conferences in 2019-2020
- Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Convention
- Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference
- Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions
- Association for Behavioral Analysis International Conferences
- Women in Behavior Analysis Conference
Professional conferences provide perfect opportunities to combine work and pleasure. Inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops, and chances to network are almost always on the agenda. Here are five conferences for applied behavior analysts to look forward to in 2019 and 2020.
1. Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Convention
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) is one of the nation’s leading professional organizations for applied behavior analysts. The APBA is dedicated to helping behavior analysts maintain successful careers and contribute to the growth of the field. One of the biggest perks of membership is attendance at the annual APBA Convention. The APBA is currently in the process of selecting the location and determining the theme for the 2020 event, which will take place in the Spring.
2. Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference
Each year, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies offers the Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference. The 2019 event will take place on Friday, November 22nd in Overland Park, Kansas. The day will be filled with presentations by five leaders of the field. This is an excellent conference for those who wish to take their applied behavior analysis (ABA) careers to the next level and search for leadership opportunities within the field.
3. Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions
Those with a particular interest in research will enjoy attending the Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions. This is another of the annual events hosted by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. It includes presentations of the most current research in the field and opportunities to collaborate with other professionals on best application practices. The 2020 event is scheduled for April 24th in San Ynez Valley, California.
4. Association for Behavioral Analysis International Conferences
The most successful applied behavioral analysts are those who maintain a global perspective on ABA. The Association for Behavioral Analysis International offers three opportunities to do this every year. The International Conference covers a wide variety of topics and features a poster session. The 2019 event is scheduled for September 29th and 30th in Stockholm, Sweden. The Annual Autism Conference focuses specifically on ABA as a treatment for disorders on the Autism spectrum. The 2020 event is planned for February 23rd through 25th in Miami, Florida. The Culturo-Behavior Science Conference offers a multi-cultural exploration of the field. The 2020 event will be October 7th through 9th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
5. Women in Behavior Analysis Conference
Women face unique challenges in the workplace as applied behavior analysts. The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism created the Women in Behavior Analysis Conference to provide an opportunity for women in the field to come together for continuing education, professional development, and supportive collaboration. Details about the 2020 event will be released soon.
Applied behavior analysis is a dynamic and rewarding field. A successful career in ABA requires consist efforts to keep learning and connecting with colleagues near and far. From continuing education units and professional development to collaboration and an excuse to travel to faraway destinations, conferences such as these five offer something for every applied behavior analyst.