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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Edward Taub – Behaviour Analysis and Neurorehabilitation

In the below video, Dr. Edward Taub is interviewed by Dr. Iver Iversen. The video is part of a series made available by the European Journal of Behaviour Analysis.

To subscribe to the EJOBA, click here.

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7th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis

The conference program for the EABA conference in Stockholm, Sweden is now available and the line-up of speakers looks impressive.  The Conference will be held from the 10th to the 13th of September.


If you would like to register for the conference, click here.

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A Behavioural View Of Sleep Through The Lifespan

From the TCD flyer:

Presenter: Professor Neville Blampied
Tues July 29th 2014 6-9pm
Venue: Room AB 3126 Arts Building in Trinity
The purpose of this presentation is to try to answer questions such as:
• What is sleep?
• Why do we sleep?
• What can go wrong with sleep at different ages?
• How can we solve and prevent sleep problems? – all from a behavioural science viewpoint

Admission free BACB CEUs (2 Type 2): €15 BACB Provider number; OP-06-0116

Please email Maeve Bracken at mbracken@tcd.ie and indicate if you are a parent, professional or student.

Chief nourisher in life’s feast – A behavioural view of sleep through the lifespan

For human beings, from birth to death, regular and refreshing sleep is vital to health and happiness. Nevertheless, significant numbers of infants, children, adolescents and adults experience sleep difficulties and disruptions. Chronic settling difficulties and nightwaking is common in infancy, sleep disruptions can occur in childhood and especially adolescence, and insomnia is a major issue for adults. Beginning with the work of Bootzin and his Stimulus Control Theory of Adult Insomnia, a behavioural perspective has contributed in important but under-appreciated ways to understanding and treating sleep disturbances across the lifespan. This talk will try to answer questions such as What is sleep? Why do we sleep? What can go wrong with sleep at different ages? and, How can we solve and prevent sleep problems? – all from a behavioural science viewpoint. Recent unpublished results from our lab on treating sleep problems in typically developing children and children with ASD will be presented.

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44th Annual PSI Conference

This year’s PSI Conference will be held in the New Park Hotel in Kilkenny from Novemeber 12th to 15th.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 12th of November with Conference presentations beginning on the morning of Thursday 13th. Presentations will also take place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th, with the Conference culminating with the Annual Gala Dinner on the Saturday night. 

For more information and to book your place, please visit the Conference Site.

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