By Nicole Condit
The year 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of The Association for Behavior Analysis Deutschland (ABA-D).
ABA-D is devoted to representing and communicating ABA to the German public as a socially and ethically viable and scientifically based therapeutic intervention in various settings.
This past year, we have been undertaking strong efforts to establish contact and to network with organizations, who are devising standards and recommendations about autism treatment within Germany. ABA-D has created, in partnership with physicians and other stakeholders in the field of autism, a set of ABA Quality Criteria to be submitted to the German Ministry of Health in order for ABA to be approved as a therapeutic intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
We have also begun the process of working together with the Professional Association of German Psychologists (Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen) to establish the BACB professional qualifications as comparable with those of Licensed Psychologists.
ABA-D has been preparing and collaborating with other stakeholders to establish the framework for a post-graduate course sequence in the field of ABA.
We have grown to include 48 members. The 2020 annual meeting was held online as we were all faced with a worldwide pandemic. However, we look forward to our next in-person meeting in Berlin.
We remain committed to our mission to spread knowledge of behavior analysis to professionals and parents, promote the science in Germany, and invite more members and professionals to join us. For further information or to join the chapter please visit: www.aba-d.de.