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Webinar 22nd November 2021

Webinar 22nd November 2021

ABA in the Middle East: History, Successes, Challenges and Collaborative Dissemination

22nd November 2021 18:00-19:30 GMT via Zoom

This presentation will provide an overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Middle East, namely the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I will focus on the UAE where I reside and coordinate the only Verified Course Sequence in the country. The aims of this presentation include: (i) introduce attendees to the history of ABA in this region; (ii) outline the successes across the domains of teaching, research and service, with a focus on advocating for the licensure of behavior analysis;  (iii) discuss the challenges faced as behavioral ambassadors in the region; and (iv) describe collaborative dissemination efforts which may motivate behavior analysts working in culturally diverse settings to become more effective ambassadors for our science.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will gain an understanding of the history and development of ABA in the Middle East and licensure of behaviour analysis
  • Attendees will learn about ongoing work and successes in ABA across research, teaching, and service in this region
  • Attendees will be introduced to challenges for behavioural ambassadors within this context
  • Attendees will gain knowledge and understanding regarding collaborative dissemination and overcoming challenges

About Our Speaker

Dr. Michelle P. Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.) She obtained her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) diploma in Melbourne, Australia and taught neurotypical children, teenagers and adults in Seoul, South Korea, Tanzania, East Africa, and Barcelona, Spain before working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Kelly moved to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the day after submitting her PhD thesis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2012 and has lived in the Middle East ever since. She is currently an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Education and Postgraduate Diploma in ABA in the Counseling, Special Education and Neuroscience division at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 2015, she registered ECAE as an approved continuing education (ACE) provider with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and has served as the ACE coordinator since then providing regular professional development opportunities to behavior analysts. Dr. Kelly co-founded and serves as the current President of the Association for Behavior Analysis- United Arab Emirates (ABA-UAE), an affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, registered with the Dubai Association Center. She is an active researcher who publishes in top ranking, peer-reviewed journals and has an ongoing, strong commitment to community outreach. She founded and runs two very active Facebook groups, ABA Ireland and ABA Middle East which together have over 15,000 members. Dr. Kelly chaired the taskforce that developed the Professional Standards for ABA, time allocation for Applied Behavior Analysts (ABAs), and Professional Development Framework for ABAs in the UAE. She has been awarded an International Development Grant by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis and an International Dissemination Grant from the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis- Special Interest Group.

Additional Webinar Information

BCBAs and BCaBAs will earn 1.5 CEUs for attending this event. Other attendees will earn a certificate of attendance.

Registration is FREE for EABA members. The registration fee for non-members is €25.

The registration deadline is November 18th.  Please note that you must register even if you are an EABA member. Joining instructions will be emailed prior to the event.

Event Information

Event Date 22-11-2021 6:00 pm
Event End Date 22-11-2021 7:30 pm
Cut off date for registration 21-11-2021 12:00 pm
Individual Price €25.00
Location Online

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