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ABA in Germany

By Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA

In Germany, the advancement and awareness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come later than in most English speaking and other European countries. However, it is finally here in a qualified form. With this new awareness and popularity, there are many important issues that develop in regards to the way the ABA is presented and protected in the German language. Some of these issues regard proper translation of ABA terminology, access to well trained providers, access to appropriate training for those who wish to provide ABA services, cost coverage for families wanting these services, and balancing the integrity of ABA services while trying to meet a growing demand.

 

These issues have been a part of my concern since starting Knospe-ABA in 2004. They have also been a part of the concern of ABA worldwide since its inception in the early 20th century. As a Behavior Analyst who has been intensely trained and properly credentialed in ABA according to the standards of the international ABA community, I am constantly trying to balance, growing our staff to meet the demand for services while being sure not to water down the value of the ABA we are offering. It is important that the quality of services labeled as ABA in Germany do not fall below the international standards and expectations. 

 

These are very difficult issues as, until recently, there were not any ABA training programs available in Germany that are approved by the international ABA community. However, I am proud to say this has recently changed as the IFKV (www.ifkv.de) in Bad Dürkheim has partnered with the University of North Texas, USA, is now offering ABA courses that can lead students to certification. The international ABA community is made up of the many thousands of Behavior Analysts and radical behavior researchers who have combined and developed associations, and certification programs designed to assure a level of competency for ABA around the world. The three main associations currently guiding the science of ABA in the world are the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).

 

Please consider going to the Germany Society for ABA "ABA Deutschland" (www.abadeutschland.org) and supporting the ideal that ABA in Germany should be regulated and certified with the same expectations of the International ABA community. ABA Deutschland exists "To bring improved awareness of the internationally developed science of Behavior analysis both in its experimental and applied forms to the German language and populace. To protect the integrity of behavior analysis in all of its forms and applications, while contributing to its development, enhancement, and growth. To earn acceptance of ABA in Germany, as it is the rest of the world, as its own scientific endeavor useful in solving important social issues including the education and therapy of individuals in need." ABA Deutschland is not supportive or responsible to any individual ABA service provider and is meant to be inclusive of all ABA providers and supporters who follow the mandate mission statement above.