As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) with over 12 years of experience, I have had the privilege of creating over 200 hours of online video content with some of the best behavior analysts in the world, including Patrick C. Friman, Susan M. Schnieder, Steven C. Hayes, Susan G. Friedman, Gregory P. Hanley, and many more. This article aims to provide comprehensive information about BCBA® CEUs (Continuing Education Units), including how to earn them, the topics covered, and the renewal process.
The Behavior Academy was founded in 2019 by Ryan O’Donnell, MS, BCBA® a behavior analyst and videographer who goes on-location to bring high-quality continuing education and entertainment to human service professionals. The Behavior Academy has over 100 hours of BCBA® online CUEs that often are referred to as “refreshing” and “enlightening” given the care for quality of content. Just see the inaugural film, This Way of Thinking starring Patrick C. Friman of Boys Town, Nebraska.
Dr. Patrick C. Friman, Director, Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health travels the world tirelessly sharing a new way of approaching behavioral and mental health that could revolutionize every aspect of the human experience. The struggle is this way of thinking requires clearly communicating a key message and shifting focus on the work of countless human service professionals. Join Sarah Trautman and Dr. Patrick C. Friman as the two explore the history of Father Flanagan, the campus of Boys Town Village, and how to reframe how we think about mental and behavioral health.
Immerse yourself in approximately 7 hours of video content with Dr. Patrick C. Friman in a cinema-quality learning experience of how a different way of thinking helps thousands of people every year at Boys Town, Nebraska. 7 BACB® Learning CEUs Available.
How does publishing REALLY work in Behavior Analysis? Is it possible for practitioners to conduct applied research on a regular basis? What are the current areas of innovation within academia? In This Way of Doing we tackle all of these questions.
This Way of Practicing is focused on providing practitioners with insights, tools, and ideas that will help support practitioners in expanding their clinical and professional repertoires. In this course, we discuss the importance of ABA state associations, national associations, accrediting bodies, and behavior analyst licensure. Here are a few notable examples:
This Way of Being was created to provide Behavior Analysts with thought-provoking ideas, perspectives and actions focused on valuing diversity, equity & inclusion. This course offers the opportunity to learn from Behavior Analysts in both academia and practice. You'll also learn from students, RBTs and even from a teenager who was a recipient of ABA services! Here are a few notable examples:
CHATTcon is a place for anyone who develops training methodologies and learning outcomes to share how they are uniquely impacting their clients. There are no boundaries at CHATTcon so speakers have very diverse backgrounds working with humans, computer programs, exotic animals, and more! It seems weird at first, but you will walk away like countless others having learned something from every speaker to better your practice of behavior analysis. Here are a few samples:
So you’ve recently obtained your BCBA® certification OR you’re in a spot where you’re like: WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WITH ABA? Maybe you’re even BURNT OUT in your current role?! Well, did you know that our field has produced over ~350 different domains of research on human behavior? In "Beyond the Task List!" I will guide you through four distinct things.
You stumbled into a field you absolutely LOVE and you want to shout from the rooftops! But the jargon you learned in graduate school just doesn't quite sink in... In fact, there’s even evidence now* that it turns people AWAY from the science we have all come to love. When you figure out how to solve this problem and you develop the skills to effectively share our field there’s a new world of opportunities that arise - kind of like a behavioral cusp.
Imagine a life where you can understand the seemingly weird things you do or those pesky habits that you can't quite control. For decades, the science of behavior has produced basic and applied research to shed light on how we make and sustain decisions. Translating this behavior analytic research into everyday modifications to your life can help you hack your behavior to be more healthy, responsible, and committed to long-term goals. We include things like how to shape your behavior in the contexts of:
"Educational traditions arise from blind spots regarding how learning actually occurs…They exist because people believe in them and, more important, because it’s just how we’ve always done things…I ask you to consider the possibility that sometimes our beliefs get in the way. Sometimes our beliefs prevent us from making progress, from being effective, from solving problems that really need to be solved. Is it possible to hold on to your beliefs but be willing to let go when doing so might make a difference? I think it is possible and I think pragmatism is what makes it possible." - Dr. Kimberly Nix Berens
Patrick C. Friman was in our inaugural course and popular film, “This Way of Thinking.” He is in a very unique position where he has mastered applying behavior analytic thinking to some of the most difficult mental health problems that are a part of the human condition. Explore how to apply this thinking to mental health topics as a behavior analyst would, including:
A BCBA® is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA® level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. They may supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBA®s), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT®s), and other professionals who implement behavior-analytic services1.
Earning BCBA® CEUs is an integral part of maintaining this certification. CEUs are units of credit that BCBA®s earn by participating in approved continuing education activities. These activities are designed to ensure that BCBA®s stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) has set specific guidelines for earning CEU®s, which include attending workshops, seminars, conferences, or online courses that are relevant to behavior analysis1.
The difference between a BCBA® and BCBA® CEUs lies in their nature and purpose. A BCBA® is a professional certification that validates an individual's competence in behavior analysis. On the other hand, BCBA® CEUs are a measure of ongoing professional development. Earning CEUs is a requirement for maintaining BCBA® certification, ensuring that BCBA®s continue to expand their knowledge and skills in the field.
The topics covered in BCBA® CEUs are broad and varied, reflecting the diverse applications of behavior analysis. They can range from autism and developmental disabilities to organizational behavior management, clinical psychology, and more. The goal is to provide BCBA®s with a comprehensive understanding of the latest research, methodologies, and ethical considerations in behavior analysis.
For instance, a BCBA® CEU course might cover advanced concepts in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, or it could focus on the application of behavior analysis in educational settings. Other courses might delve into the ethical considerations in behavior analysis or explore the use of technology in delivering behavior-analytic services.
The BACB® requires BCBA®s to obtain a certain number of CEUs during each certification cycle to maintain their certification. As per the BACB®'s guidelines, BCBA®s must earn a total of 32 CEUs every two years. Of these, at least four CEUs must be in ethics, and three CEUs in supervision if the BCBA® is providing supervision1.
BCBA® renewal should be done every two years, and it's crucial to plan ahead. The BACB® recommends submitting your renewal application at least 45 days before your certification expiration date to allow for processing time. Remember, you must have completed all CEU requirements before you can renew your certification.
In conclusion, BCBA® CEUs are a vital part of maintaining your certification and staying current in the field of behavior analysis. Whether you choose to earn your BCBA® CEUs online or through in-person events, make sure the content aligns with the BACB®'s guidelines and contributes to your professional growth.
About the Author:
Ryan O’Donnell, MS, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) with over 12 years of experience in the field. He has dedicated his career to helping individuals improve their lives through behavior analysis and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. He oversees The Behavior Academy and helps top ABA professionals create video-based content in the form of films, online courses, and in-person training events. He is committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information about the field of behavior analysis and the various career paths within it. Learn more about behavior analysis at The Behavior Academy.