Psychology Society of Ireland’s Division of Behaviour Analyais: 10th Annual Conference

The Tenth Annual Conference of the PSI Division of Behaviour Analysis will be held on June 10th and 11th 2016 in Maynooth University Ireland.

This year’s workshops include;

1. Jon Bailey (Florida State University): Dealing with real-world ethical dilemmas regularly met in practice. (3 Ethics CEUs available)

2. Peter Sturmey (City University of New York): Reducing the use of restraints and restrictive behavior management practices

Keynote Addresses include;
1. Greg Madden: A game-based approach to incentivising children’s fruit & vegetable consumption”

2. Peter Sturmey: Training caregivers in evidence-based practices for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism

To book your place for day one please click here and to book your place for day two, please click here.

For more information about the conference, please download the conference flyer.

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Programme for 9th Annual DBA Conference Published


The programme for this weekend’s annual DBA conference has been released. Please click on the below link to download it. 


Remember, you can still register online by visiting the main PSI events page.

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Online Registration Open for DBA 9th Annual Conference

Online registration for the 9th Annual Psychology Society of Ireland Division of Behaviour Analysis Conference is now available through the PSI website.  The conference will be held in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway on April 17th and 18th.

Keynote Address 1: Brian Iwata, University of Florida, “Continuing Controversy over Shock”
Keynote Address 2: Peter Killeen , Arizona State University, “The four causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”

Volunteer paper, symposia and posters in all areas of behaviour analysis are invited.
As indicated above, student research posters are also invited.

Please send abstracts to Julian Leslie by March 27th 2015.


BACB Credits available €5 per credit, payable separately at venue.

PSI Credits available free of charge
Further information: Jennifer Holloway

Submission Information

Include the following:

  • Submission type: Symposium / individual paper /poster
  • Authors (presenter first)
  • Affiliations
  • Abstract (not exceeding 150 words)


For a symposium:
Provide a title for the symposium, provide details of three papers, give details of chairperson and/or discussant. Note that BACB rules require a senior person (e.g., PhD supervisor) to take one of these roles and review the papers if the session is to be eligible for BACB credits.


All submissions will be reviewed before inclusion in the programme.


Please send all the information required to Julian Leslie by  March 27th  2015. 

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Open Submissions for Volunteer paper, symposia and posters in all areas of behaviour analysis

We are delighted to announce that our annual conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis will be held April 17-18 at the Galway Bay Hotel close to Galway City. Our distinguished keynote speakers are Professor Brian Iwata, University of Florida, and Professor Peter Killeen, Arizona State University.  Full details and submission information for papers and posters  (deadline March 27) are on the attached notice. As indicated there, the meeting will  open with a workshop from Professor Iwata.

This is the ninth successive year we have held this meeting, and each has been better than the last, so  we expect this trend to continue!  All those interested  in behaviour analysis and its applications in the community are very welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there

Julian Leslie, Chair

On behalf of the Division of Behaviour Analysis Committee

Psychological Society of Ireland

DBA 2015 conference with submission details

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Save the Date: The Ninth Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis

The Ninth Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis will be held on April 17th and 18th 2015 at The Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.

Previously, we announced that Brian Iwata, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, will present a keynote address and workshop. Now, we are pleased to announce that Brian will be joined by the DBA’s own Julian Leslie and Peter Killeen in providing workshops and keynotes.

Dr. Kileen keynote will address using insights from behaviour analysis in the treatment of ADHD.  To learn a little more about some of his work, click on the video below:

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ABA for Autism in the Irish Times

The Irish Times has an excellent article on autism interventions in today’s edition in which they interview Professor Samuel Odom of the University of North Carolina.

Prof Odom will be the keynote speaker at the NCSE conference in Dublin today on special needs education.   When interviewed by the Irish Times, Prof Odom tackled the myth that ABA represented a single approach to autism:

As a rule, Prof Odom said: “No single approach works with every child. The ABA approaches, which use a range of strategies are quite a good choice.” But he stressed there were different ABA models, including pivotal response treatment which showed “very good effects” in trials and the “early start Denver model” which focused not only the child’s learning, but also developing new strategies for teachers.

To read the whole article, click here

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BACB Examinations Eligibility Changes

In 2015, there will be  a change in the coursework requirements for the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) examinations.  The BACB will now be using the 4th edition task list.

For those who have completed their studies  using the 3rd edition task list and who plan on sitting the BCBA or BCaBA examinations, the following information from Christine Ratcliff of the BACB  is important:

Applicants must complete all of the eligibility requirements (degree, coursework, and experience) prior to December 31, 2014.  If they do so, and have all of their application materials to the BACB by March 31, 2015, they may qualify under the Third Edition Eligibility standards.  If approved, they will have the same two-year approval to sit for the exam that all applicants are given.

It is important to note that while individuals who have met the 3rd edition task list requirements may be allowed to sit the examinations in 2015 if they submit their applications before the relevant deadlines, the examinations will be based on the 4th edition task list.

For further information, please contact the BACB.

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DBA Conference 2015

The DBA is pleased to announced the first of its keynote speakers for its April 2015 Conference.  Brian Iwata, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, will present a keynote address and workshop as part of the conference programme.

Dr Brian Iwata

Dr Brian Iwata

Dr Iwata  is credited with developing the first model for conducting functional analyses of problem behaviour.  Dr. Iwata is the former Chief Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Chair of the Human Development Study Section of the National Institutes of Health and the President of the following societies:  the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, Division 33 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the FloridaAssociation for Behavior Analysis.  He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

He has published over 225 articles and chapters on various aspects of developmental disabilities including basic skills acquisition, community preparation, eating disorders, self-injurious and aggressive behavior, and staff performance.

If you would like to learn more about Dr Iwata’s views and research, you might find the below interview interesting.

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Notes on the 7th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis

Professor Julian Leslie of the Division of Behaviour Analysis writes:

The Division of Behaviour Analysis was well represented at the recent 7th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis in Stockholm. Stockholm is a beautiful and cultured city, and if you stay a short time you don’t run out of money!  As usual, the European Association for Behaviour Analysis meeting was extremely international and all the presentations were of high quality.  As delegates, we were delighted to be invited a reception at the Town Hall, a magnificent building where Nobel prizes are awarded so we felt at home. We were slightly disconcerted that the Mayor thought she was welcoming delegates to a meeting solely about supporting children with autism. As at all recent behaviour analysis conferences, there were many autism-related presentations but many more about the scientific study of human behaviour  in general and the application of  that science to many human problems.

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BCBA Supervisor Post Certification Training:

BCBA Supervisor Post Certification Training 

(8 hr workshop: 8 CEUs)

As part of the new BACB requirements, all BCBA Supervisors must complete;

8 hrs CPD in a post certification, competency-based, BACB approved training module or workshop on Supervision.

To fulfill these requirements, the DBA will be hosting a workshop which will be delivered by Rita Honan PhD, BCBA-D, in The Psychological Society of Ireland Offices, Grantham Street, Dublin 8.

BCBA Supervisor Post Certification Training
(8 hr workshop: 8 CEUs) Dec 6th 2014

PSI Offices Dublin 9.30-6pm Cost €110 (DBA Members €100)

The BACB 2012 Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline will serve as the basis for this 8 hour training.

Summarily, the goals at the conclusion of this workshop are for the participants to be able to:

  • describe the function of supervision
  • identify the constituents and process of a supervisory relationship
  • describe how the major models of clinical supervision can be adapted for use when supervising behaviour analysts
  • detail the key characteristics of supervisory content and practices in applied behaviour analysis
  • describe their approach to evaluation/performance feedback in the supervisory relationship
  • describe and discuss the ethical issues related to supervision
  • use information from the workshop to build a more effective model for their own supervisory practice

Registration Details

Places MUST be pre-registered through the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) website:

Attendees must arrive in advance of the workshop in order to sign in and collect their evaluation sheets. Please remember to sign out also and return the evaluation sheets in order to achieve your CEUs. Attendees must attend for the entire duration of the workshop.

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