« The Next Step for Behavioral Health Psychology, PLLC | Main | Bem (in press) on Psi »

Practicing without a License

In the state of NC, the psychology practice act specifically defines the practice of psychology to include applied behavior analysis (ABA) and behavior therapy.  For this reason, only those licensed to practice psychology or those with an exemption such as being licensed by another or the "healing arts" can practice applied behavior analysis.  In Arizona, the Psychology Board solved a similar problem by creating a division within that board that licenses Behavior Analysts.  The purpose of the regulation of health care professions is not to stifle competition or prevent the public from exercising free choice, but instead all of this licensure business is about protecting the public from quacks.  We understand this is necessary in medicine (would you go to an unlicensed medical doctor?)

Should the Psychology Board license Behavior Analysts or should the NC requirement stand that a Behavior Analyst must also be a licensed professional?  I know a proposal is out there, that Board Certified Behavior Analysts should be exempt, but who would regulate them, and what would that open for the regulation of health care practice.  My main concern is that there are individuals practicing in NC without a licence right now, who are taking advantage of the "good name" of ABA to practice whatever their pet method is under the name of Behavior Analysis, not even aware that this is prohibited by statue.

Tell me what you think.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (3)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: navigate here
    Excellent page, Stick to the wonderful work. Thanks for your time!
  • Response
    Response: code fibo review
  • Response

Reader Comments (2)

Wonderful post, very informative. You must continue your writing and I will be here reading your blog quite a lot in the future. I can’t wait to read your next wonderful post -luxury Miu Miu Pumps .

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterluxury Miu Miu Pumps

That's what I am looking for.damages dvd season 4 This is awesome and I also want to share something cool with you.Grey's Anatomy dvd That is cheap dvds and I hope you would like it.Covert Affairs dvd

January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOMG really nice dvd

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>