Over the past few weeks, the Board has been taking a fresh look at how we can meet some of the goals of EABA. Of particular interest was finding ways to enhance the website so that it becomes a central hub for members to share ideas and resources for teaching and research.
In the next few weeks, we hope to implement the following:
1. We will add a map of Europe and mark on it the location of members and the various university courses.
2. We have already started a blog section with our first blog covering the activities of Maithri Sivaraman. We hope others will contribute and make this an interesting and regular segment of the website.
3. Webinars are being planned.
4. We would like to see a Journal Club organised by students across Europe in which selected authors will be invited via a video link to discuss their research. Please contact EABA if you are interested in participating to help make this club a regular event.
5. Space will be created on the website for sharing files. We would like to encourage members to share resources such as teaching material and software they may have for running practical classes.
6. We will be conducting a poll to establish the need for Special Interest Groups.
7. A special area will be established for parents of children with autism. Hana Lupacova from the Czech Republic (Parents for Kids with Autism (Rodiče pro děti s autismem), www.roprodesa.cz) has agreed to chair and coordinate meetings between parents across Europe to help gather information about their struggles to access ABA services in their respective countries.
Finally, here is some news that will be of interest to members of EABA. Recent changes introduced by the BACB have created waves of uncertainty for professionals across Europe. A major new initiative funded by Erasmus+ is currently underway to help nudge a fresh beginning in Europe. The website for the project is currently under development, but here is some basic information about the goals of the project.
Objectives of the current project
To ensure transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications for Behaviour Analysts in Europe
The Objectives of the project will be achieved through
Developing and setting professional standards in Behaviour Analysis with comprehensive standardisations (referenced to European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and 6 National Qualifications Framework (NQFs)
Creating competency profiles for entry-level and Masters level EuroBAs)
Ulster University, N. Ireland
Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland
Stockholm University, Sweden
European Institute for the Study of Human Behaviour (IESCUM), Italy