Michael F. Dorsey, PhD, BCBA-D – The Professionalization of Applied Behavior Analysis: A Review of the Current Status of Licensing
1.0 Type II CE Credits/ 1.0 Ethics Credits
This presentation was filmed at the 2014 CCBS Ethics in Professional Practice Conference
Since Nathan Azrin first declared in 1974, “what we are seeing may be the birth of a new and unique profession,” referring to Applied Behavior Analysis in the first Presidential address delivered at the inaugural meeting of the Midwest Association for Behavior Analysis (MABA), we have grown and matured into a true profession. The process began with the development of what is now a highly successful international board certification process. Now, states across the country are adopting licensing laws that place our profession inline with other human service professions. The Massachusetts licensing law is scheduled to go into effect in mid-October of this year. This presentation will review some of the events that led to this historic moment and discuss what behavior analysts should expect.
Michael F. Dorsey earned his PhD in psychology, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1979. Dr. Dorsey is a licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He a Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan School at Endicott College. Dr. Dorsey is the Chair of the Practice Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. During his career, Dr. Dorsey has had the unique privilege to serve on the faculty of several prestigious universities and colleges including The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an author/co-author of many professional publications, including participating in the development of the Functional Analysis/Assessment methodology. Dr. Dorsey has been a Gubernatorial appointed member of the Developmental Disabilities Councils of both Florida and Massachusetts, and chaired the Governmental Affairs Committees for Massachusetts for over six years — testifying on numerous occasions both at the federal and state level concerning proposed legislation, policies and budgets. Currently Dr. Dorsey spends much of his professional time conducting Independent Educational Evaluations for parents and school districts. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) cases, as well as an expert witness in various Probate, Superior, and Federal Court cases involving the education and treatment of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities.