The Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis (GABA) was founded in 2001 to provide: (1) a professional network and resource for behavior analysts in Georgia; (2) a forum for members to collaborate, disseminate recent research, share ideas, and discuss needs; (3) a voice to promote the ethical and effective use of behavior analysis; (4) a resource for those seeking ABA services in Georgia; (5) the organization of an annual regional ABA conference; and (6) a provider of continuing education for professionals in Georgia.
A Letter from the 2013 GABA President:
Dear GABA friends and members,
As an affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, we continue to support the local behavior analysis community through an annual conference, newsletters, and networking. Thus, it is our pleasure to report that the behavior analytic community continues to grow in Georgia. There are now over one hundred fifty-one BCBAs and BCaBAs in the state!
In 2012 GABA held its 5th annual conference on October 26th in Atlanta. Attendance increased for the fifth consecutive year. A stellar lineup of speakers presented on a range of topics, including Janet Lund, who delivered the presidential address. Other speakers included Gina Green, Timothy Weil, Jon Bailey, and Raymond Miltenberger. The speakers covered a broad range of professional, clinical, and scientific topics to appeal to the diverse interests of our membership. Titles of these talks included: “Ethics is Not for Sissies”, “Evidence-Based Practice: Implications for Behavior Analysts”, “Public Policies on the Practice of ABA: Status and Some Lessons Learned”, “Derived Stimulus Relations: Acceptance Requires Seeing What it Looks Like and How It Can Be Used to Affect Change”, and “Teaching Safety Skills to Children: What Works and What Doesn’t?”. For 2013 we have another impressive lineup of speakers, including Bill Ahearn, David Wacker, Jack Marr, Caitlin Delfs, and Coby Lund.
Our goals for 2013 include improving and expanding our website to include more practical information and resources for behavior analysts and consumers in the state, pursuing non-profit status for the organization, and once again maintaining an exceptional mid-sized annual conference to provide scholarly and practical learning opportunities to behavior analysts in our state, as well as Type II continuing education credits.