Behaviour Analysts Speaking Publicly

Training Public Speaking Behaviour: How to engage your audience when communicating ABA.

On the 22nd April at 8 to 9pm the Community of BCBAs Northern Ireland will host Guy Poland BCBA who will present an online CEU event on the topic of Public Speaking. See the Community of BCBAs Facebook page for details.

This event online is for those interested in improving their public speaking skills in order to disseminate applied behaviour analysis. The content includes managing anxiety and avoidance of public speaking behaviours, how to structure the speech and presentation, design tips for visual prompts, setting up the environment to promote reinforcement, and motivation for public speaking.

Evidenced-Based Practice for Autism in Irish Primary Schools

24th March 2021 8-9pm 

Free Event / 1 CEU available

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Sorry for that (unavoidable) postponement. We’re back on track!

On the 24th March 2021 Lorna Barry (PhD candidate) will provide us with an overview and discussion of her doctoral research, funded by the Irish Research Council, titled: Bridging the gap: Understanding Irish teacher’s implementation of evidence-based practices in the education of children with Autism. 

Lorna is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with experience working with school-age populations, which stoked her interest in this topic. She will present the results of a scoping review conducted on the barriers and facilitators to implementing EBPs in schools, a qualitative interview study conducted with mainstream teachers in Ireland, and the results of a survey study that examined teachers’ knowledge and use of EBPs. Implications for practice and recommendations for practitioners will then be discussed. This event will be of interest to anyone looking to gain insights into factors that may help or hinder teachers’ use of EBPs with students with autism in Ireland, so come check it out! 

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The Spirit and Aim of an Applied Science

On Tuesday 19th Jan at 7 pm Dr Malika Prichett will join us to discuss her forthcoming paper entitled, ‘The Spirit and Aim of an Applied Science. Social Justice is the Spirit and Aim of an Applied Science of Human Behavior: Moving from Colonial to Participatory Research Practices‘. Which is due to be published in a special issue of Behaviour Analysis in Practice 

Dr Prichett and her colleague’s paper is a remarkable contribution to our profession’s discussion of its role as applied science. It confronts where our science has failed those to whom it is applied and in so doing has drifted from its original egalitarian aims. Dr Prichett’s paper challenges the reader to reconnect with the spirit and aim of our applied science. 

Dr Prichett’s message is particularly timely and vital for Irish Behaviour Analysts. In March 2018 Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention of Human Rights for people with disabilities. The ratification of the UNCRPD will mean that the rights of people with disabilities will no longer be the paternalistic aspirations of those who support them. Our discipline must confront the opportunities this presents.

Please click here to register. Attendance and one ethics CEU is free to members. Attendance is free for non-members, and one ethics CEU is €5.

Hope you can make it! Alan Secretary MBAF

Annual General Meeting 2020

The formal notice to the members of this years AGM has gone out. However, if you are not a member, but are interested to learn about the activities of the MBAF. You are welcome to come along.

This year the AGM will be held on 30th November at 7 pm. Please click here to register; Click here to register. 

If you have any items for the agenda, please email them to, before Tuesday 23rd November. The agenda will be circulated on Thursday the 26th.  

2020 has been an exciting year for behaviour analysis in Ireland. It is more important than ever that we come together as a community and secure the future of our profession.

Behaviour analytic interventions delivered via Telehealth

The Community of BCBA’s Invites you to an event with Emma Craig, BCBA PhD Candidate on examining the effectiveness of behaviour analytic interventions delivered via Telehealth in training professionals working with children with autism spectrum disorder. One CEU (continuing education unit) is available with this event. This event is free

Join us on zoom on Monday 16th November, 8-9pm. Meeting ID: 810 3877 7014, password: 103457.

Emma Craig is coming towards the end of her PhD under the supervision of Dr Katerina Dounavi, BCBA-D at Queen’s University Belfast. Emma will be presenting her PhD research, ‘Examining the Effectiveness of Behaviour Analytic Interventions via Telehealth in Training Professionals Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder’. During the presentation, attendees will be guided through the results of a systematic literature review examing telehealth as a model for delivering behaviour analytic interventions to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Secondly, attendees will be informed of the methodology employed to train professionals teaching functional living skills to individuals with autism to teach functional living skills. Results will be discussed. Additionally, a further study on the effectiveness of conducting functional analyses and functional communication training via telehealth will be discussed. Recommendations for clinical practice will be made. One FREE CEU is available for attending this event.

Working group on the creation of an Irish Society for Behaviour Analysis

The Division of Behaviour Analysis in Ireland has established a working group on the creation of a Behaviour Analytic Society of Ireland (working title).  

The working group are in touch with Neil Martin, Director of International Development with the BACB.  Our discussions with Neil are progressing well, and we are addressing;

1) Extending the availability of testing to Irish applicants

2) Accessing the BACBs support to establish a representative body for BCABs in Ireland

The working group intends to;
1) Form an organisation that represents BCBAs in Ireland 

2) Establish Behaviour Analyst as a recognised professional qualification in Ireland

3) Align with international organisations representing BCBA

We are making progress on these fronts.  However, it is vitally important that Irish and Northern Irish BCBAs become involved in this process. 

As the process unfolds, there will be votes on the direction of this new organisation.  

Not being involved at this stage will mean that your voice goes unheard at this critical time.  Now is the time to come together and secure the future of our profession.  

Contact the Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum for Information

Please circulate to all the BCBAs you know.  

An open meeting to discuss the development of Behaviour Analysis in Ireland

Following the Division of Behaviour Analysis’ open meeting on the 24th Feb 2020, the Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum will host an open online meeting on 3rd March @ 19:30. The discussion will be moderated by a member of the MBAF committee and we hope to have a lively and engaging conversation about your hopes for the development of the behaviour analytic community in Ireland.  Numbers will be limited and assigned on a first-come first serve basis.  Hope you can make it. 

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Advisory Panel

The Munster Behaviour Analyst forum is a voluntary group made up of Behaviour Analysts working in Munster. As behaviour analysts, our members are committed to evidence-based practice, delivered within a human-rights framework.

We want to put transparency and accountability at the heart of our organisation.
For this reason, we are setting up an advisory panel. We hope the advisory panel will be made up of both parents of children and people who have received behavioural support and consultancy, in homes, schools or any other settings. We would also be interested in hearing from people who have not received these supports, but believe that they have a need for them.
Our organisation is owned and run by our members. Presently, our primary activity is organising training events. Since we are organised by our membership, the activity of the organisation is open to change based on the needs of our community.

If you are committed to people with disabilities and the wider public receiving evidence-based therapy and education, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

For further information, fill out this form. Everyone who completes the form will be contacted.

NICE Clinical Practice Guidelines for Challenging Behaviour

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The HSE National Service Plan for 2020 names ‘specialist behavioural support interventions’ p.57 for children and young people with complex / high support needs and intellectual disabilities as a service priority for 2020. Therefore, it is vital that professional communities with expertise in specialist behavioural interventions, facilitate dialogue and direct their colleagues towards best practice.

To support this dialogue the MBAF Journal Club will hold a facilitated discussion of the NICE guidelines. These guidelines outline best practice in the delivery of specialist behavioural interventions.  

The guidelines are available below

Challenging Behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and intervention for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.

Date: 7th Jan, 2020 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Location: online. A link to the meeting room will be sent to registered participants.  

Number of Type 2 CEU’s: 1

Attendance Procedure: Sign in and Sign out with active participant responding and a feedback questionnaire.

Total Event Fee per participant:  Free to MBAF members and €5 to non-members

Names of Event instructors: The discussion will be chaired/facilitated by Alan Tennyson BCBA.

The event covers the following:

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care in the UK. The guidance provided by NICE is intended to direct the clinical activities of health and social care practitioners in the UK. This documents represents a significant review of the available evidence. Therefore the guidance they provide has a significant impact on training and delivery of services.  

These NICE guidelines pertain to interventions and support for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges. It highlights the importance of understanding the cause of behaviour that challenges, and performing thorough assessments so that steps can be taken to help people change their behaviour and improve their quality of life. The guidelines also covers support for family members or carers.

Attendees will be asked to consider and report on where these guidelines are congruent with their current practice and where they differ.  

Event is designed for: BCBA-D, BCBAs, BCaBAs and professional responsible for delivering services to children and adults who are described as challenging or who are at risk of challenging behaviour.

Event Level: Intermediate / advanced (BCBA / BCBA-D & BCaBA)

Learning Objectives for participants:

  1. Participants will read the NICE guidance.
  2. Participants will be asked to discuss two or more of the seven principal recommendations
  3. We recommend that BCBA’s attending review the BACB Fourth Edition Task List prior to attending


  1. General principles of care
  2. Support and interventions for family members or carers
  3. Early identification of the emergence of behaviour that challenges
  4. Assessment
  5. Psychological and environmental interventions
  6. Medication
  7. Interventions for coexisting health problems and sleep problems
  8. Participants will be asked to provide a critical appraisal.  Specifically, participants will be asked to consider and report on where these guidelines are congruent with the BACB Fourth Edition Task List and where they differ.  

Description of type 2 CEU Event:

These guidelines are specific to the remediation of challenging behaviour in people with an intellectual disability (learning disability in the UK).  It is therefore critical that BCBA’s working with this population have a through understanding of these guidelines.

This discussion group aims to;

  1. Develop participants skills identifying conceptually systematic interventions (4.01, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts)
  2. Confirm that participants are ‘maintaining competence in the skills they use by reading appropriate literature.’ (1.01, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts)
  3. Confirm that participating behaviour analysts have reviewed and appraised the literature with respect to ethical behaviour (2.09, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts)

Each participant will be asked to come prepared to provide a verbal report on the content of two or more of the seven principal recommendations and to answer questions from other participants on the contents.  Following this, a discussion of the topic will be facilitated/chaired by the identified facilitator. The facilitator will ensure that each participant contributes to the discussion.


NICE (2015) Challenging Behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and intervention for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.  

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