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Dated 01/05/2008 12:32:48 PM -0600


BY LAWS for the Practitioner’s Issues In Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group for the Association for Behavior Analysis International Interim status and subject to revision in 2009.

Our Mission

As applied behavior analysis forms into a profession it is logically developing challenges uniquely related to the practice of behavior analysis in systems such as education, mental health, manufacturing, social services, and developmental disabilities. This SIG is dedicated to the establishment of behavior analysis as a unique clinical practice. We support federal, local and state initiatives including but not limited to the licensing of behavior analysis


Officers of the PIBA SIG Forming the Board of Directors:        


The Chair


  • prepare the agenda for all membership meetings.
  • preside at all membership meetings.
  •  by virtue of his office be Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization.

  •  appoint all committees, temporary or permanent.
  •  see all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed.
  •  be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization.
  •  have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of any organization, including decision-making responsibilities and exercise of executive authority.



The International Chair


  • Upon approval or authority of the Chair, act in the capacity and on behalf of the chair and in the best interest of the mission and purpose of the PIBA SIG.
  • Upon approval or authority of the Chair, seek counsel and advice from the membership and cause a vote of the membership on issues relevant to the mission and function of the PIBA SIG.
  • In the event of the absence or inability of the Chair to exercise his office become acting Chair of the organization with all the rights, privileges and powers as if he had been the duly elected Chair.



The Secretary


  • keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books and disseminate them through the list serve.
  • It shall be duty of the Secretary to file any certificate required by any statute, federal or state.
  • shall give and serve all notices to members of this organization through the list serve.
  • shall be the official custodian of the records and seal of this organization.
  • may be one of the officers required to sign the checks and drafts of the organization.
  • shall present to the membership at any meetings any communication addressed to him/her as Secretary of the organization.
  • shall submit to the Board of Directors any communications, which shall be addressed to him/her as Secretary of the organization.
  • shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary.




  • have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and shall be solely responsible for such monies or securities of the organization.
  • cause to be deposited in a regular business bank or trust company a sum not exceeding $ 1,000.00 and deposit the balance of the funds of the organization shall be deposited in a savings bank except that the Board of Directors may cause such funds to be invested in such investments as shall be legal for a non-profit corporation in this state.
  •  must be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. No special fund may be set aside that shall make it unnecessary for the Treasurer to sign the checks issued upon it.
  • render at stated periods as the SIG Board shall determine a written account of the finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the reporting meeting.
  • exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer.



Members of the Board of Directors

  • Officers shall by virtue of their office be members of the SIG Board.



Election and Business Procedures: 

  • The SIG will elect new officers by a simple majority vote of a quorum of 20% of --- or so many ----paid members of the PIBA annually at the ABA-I conference.
  • Officers may nominate and choose replacements for any/all officers during the year when necessary.
  • PIBA will follow (Roberts Rules of Order or other).



Terms of Office: 

  • The Chair will hold office for three years.
  • The International Chair. Secretary, Treasurer, and Consumer/Family Representative will hold office for two years.


Financial Activities of the PIBA SIG:


Membership Dues 

  • Membership dues will be voted on yearly with a 2/3 majority needed to raise the membership price.
  • Initial membership will be set at $41/year for full members and $21/year for student members and consumers/consumer families.


Compensation and Salaries:


  • No officer shall for reason of his office be entitled to receive any salary or compensation, but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent an officer or director from receiving any compensation from the organization for duties other than as a director or officer.



Development Activities: 

  • Members and the officers shall take necessary measures to implement fund raising activities including, but not limited to, sale fees of print versions of its journals, membership fees, selling of advertising space, selling continuing education or other training opportunities via the journals, sale of other publications whether owned by the PIBA or by agreement with other parties. Such funds generated by these and other reasonable activities shall be deposited in bank accounts managed by the treasurer, under direction of the Chair, and are to be used for operation of the PIBA, its journals and publication division. 


  • The SIG shall meet every year at the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s annual conference.



The agenda for the first three years

will be completely dictated by the vote of the membership and will include the execution of crucial current issues or the following issues, unless those below are completed to the satisfaction of the membership, then new issues should be voted on:


  1. Writing a formal letter endorsing licensure to be made available for any chapter pursuing licensing
  2. Discussing with ABA the creation of post convention institutes at basic and intermediate levels.
  3.  Adopting of a formal position in favor of licensing behavior analysts.
  4. Establishing methods to ensure that bridging studies linking basic research are actively pursued by applied researchers.  Methods to be explored are the creation on a yearly panel discussion on the issue and finding a place to publish such a panel discussion.
  5. Finalizing a version of Behavior Analytic Licensing Model act as it appears on the site and distributing of that model act to all ABA:I members.
  6.  Writing a formal position paper endorsing private insurance funding for behavior analytic services for autism and other developmental disabilities
  7. Writing a position statement formally opposing CMS's position that habilatative services should not be paid.
  8. Creating a pamphlet series with request that ABA:I sell it and give royalties to the SIG to help earn income on issues like: (1) Finding a competent behavior analyst and (2) evaluating your behavior analytic services.
  9. Creating six white papers to be determined by the committee including (1) behavioral treatment of autism. (2) Behavioral treatment of disruptive disorders, and (3) behavioral treatments for addictions.
  10. Surveying the ABA:I membership to find out the top five practitioner issues and pursuing them.
  11. Helping create more behavior analytic faculty and trying to create funding programs for behavior analytic practitioners seeking faculty positions. Exploring ways to get clinical faculty mentored from ABA:I members. Ensuring that a list serve exists to post faculty positions. Ensuring that sufficient publishing opportunities are available for young faculty who are pursuing tenure.
  12. Writing a formal position opposing on APA's model licensing act and helping ABA chapters battle such act if it appears in any state.
  13.  At the chair’s discretion and with the support of the SIG board, requiring that membership dues be used to help local affiliate chapters educate the public about behavior analytic services.
  14. Appointing a committee to ensure that current research is making its way efficiently into clinical practice.
  15. Over the next five years, developing a committee charged with the sole responsibility of issuing practice guidelines that highlight evidenced based behavioral intervention, and in addition, conducting trainings to ensure that behavioral models of child development and evidenced based interventions are available to all behavioral clinicians. Reappointing this committee every three years to modify guidelines as science progresses.



Voting Issues between SIG meetings


It is recognized that many critical issues to the practice of behavior analysis will occur between ABA:I conferences. In this day and age, technology provides a means to ensure that effective consultation with the membership can occur.

  • All issues of importance will be voted on between meetings through an electronic list serve of the membership.
  • Each item voted on will have at least 2 weeks of balloting.  This two-week rule can only be waved with a quorum vote. For a vote to be successful, a quorum of at least 20% of the membership ---I would like to see a number of members here to make it easy to determine --- needs to vote on the issue and a majority needs to vote in the issues favor.



  Succession of Leadership 

  • At the Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in May 2008, the founding Chair shall turn over leadership of the SIG to Michael Weinberg the current Treasurer. After that initial appointment, the membership will elect a new Chair every 3 years. 
  • At that time, all other positions shall be open for voting placement at the ABA conference. All positions, with the exception of the Chair shall be held for two years.



Footnote: ABA International SIG Handbook


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