Submission Deadline: September 13, 2013
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Criteria for priority consideration
Applying for continuing education consideration
The California Association for Behavior Analysis invites persons
engaged in research, teaching, or practice to submit proposals for
presentations at the 32nd Annual Western Regional Conference
on Behavior Analysis. Presentations on conceptual, experimental,
and applied behavior analysis are desired, including research
reports, technical presentations, case studies, and program
descriptions. Commentaries and reviews of methodological, legal,
ethical, social, philosophical, and historical issues are welcome,
as are presentations in areas such as behavioral medicine,
behavioral pharmacology, behavioral neuroscience, physiology,
biology, psychology, public health, and education. Promotion, marketing, and sales of products and services are to be done
via ads in the conference program book or
exhibit booths, not in conference presentations.
Submissions will be reviewed by the CalABA Conference Committee; not all submissions will be accepted.
Priority will be given to submissions that meet the following criteria:
- Abstract describes the presentation clearly and completely but succinctly (minimum 100 words, maximum 250 words).
- Content of the presentation is behavior analytic, or is clearly relevant to behavior analysis theory, research,
methodology and/or practice.
- Presentation is scholarly or scientific and is not designed primarily to promote or market any product, service,
agency, program, materials, etc.
- If the presentation describes research, the abstract clearly
describes the research methods and makes it clear that data collection has been completed at the time of submission.
- Content is consistent with the Behavior Analyst Certification
Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (see BACB.com),
including the guideline specifying that behavior analysts use and recommend interventions that have proved effective in scientific studies.
- The Conference Committee is particularly interested
in presentations that address topics that have been
under-represented at recent CalABA conferences, or which past conference attendees have requested, such
as: experimental analysis of behavior; conceptual behavior analysis; organizational behavior management;
behavioral pharmacology and toxicology; clinical behavior analysis; applications of behavior analysis
in human development and gerontology, brain injury and disease, physical rehabilitation, substance abuse,
health behavior, animal training, parenting, and regular education; research methods; ethical and professional
behavior; the practice of behavior analysis; and research that bridges basic and applied areas.
Please note that all presenters whose submissions are accepted are expected to deliver the presentation or arrange
for it to be delivered at the conference. Failure to do so may result in rejection of future conference submissions. All
presenters must register for the conference.
Audio/visual equipment must be ordered in advance. Due to budget constraints, CalABA will only provide the audio-visual
equipment listed in the submission instructions. Presenters who wish to use other equipment must provide it themselves.
- Single Paper (discontinued)
- NOTE: The 20-minute single paper format is no longer available
as a submission option - alternatives are 1) collaborating with colleagues
on a symposium and submitting a paper as part of the symposium, or 2) submitting a poster.
- A symposium comprises a series of presentations organized
around an empirical, conceptual, methodological, historical, or
practical theme, organized and submitted by a chairperson who
moderates the session. There may be 3 presentations followed
by remarks from a discussant that integrate the presentations,
or 4 presentations. Symposia are 90 minutes in duration.
- Panel Discussion
- Panel discussions involve 3-4 panelists who comment on a
theme or topic and/or take questions from the audience; the
discussion is moderated by a chairperson. Panel discussions
are 90 minutes in duration.
- Posters consist of visual displays of information, usually
reporting empirical research. Posters are organized into poster
sessions by the Conference Committee. Presenters will have
15 minutes prior to the session to set up the poster, and must
remove all materials within 15 minutes after the end of the session.
Please note that
posters for graduate programs that wish to participate in the
CalABA Graduate Program Expo must be submitted via the conference advertising application.
- Your poster is similar to a condensed version of an APA report. It should include the same sections, but in an abbreviated format.
- Poster stands/tackboards (with tacks) will be available for you to tack up your poster.
- Your poster should be about 4' x 4' in size.
- The poster session area will not provide projection equipment, electrical outlets, etc.
- Posters must only report findings of the research. No advertising or product identification by brand name is allowed.
- At least one of the authors must be by the poster to answer attendees' questions at all times.
- The text of your poster should be visible from at least 1 meter away. As a result, you should use a large font for your primary text (20 point or larger) and an even larger font for your headings.
- Avoid fonts that are script or difficult to read.
- Use graphs, and/or tables (preferably color) to show results. Graphics make your poster more interesting.
- A neutral poster is more amenable to the eye than a brightly colored background. A splash of color here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your poster "stand out" from the crowd.
- Try to keep your poster simple and avoid artsy or ornate presentations. Any color that is used should call attention to your poster, not obscure it.
- Although handouts are not required, it is recommended that you come prepared with a brief handout that summarizes your presentation that can be given other attendees (50 copies are recommended).
- A workshop is an intensive educational session presented by an
individual or team of individuals. The audience is expected to
gain skills or knowledge that they can apply in their work. This
is typically accomplished through active audience participation
and, when feasible, skill practice. Workshop presenters
must provide appropriate handouts to reduce note-taking
requirements, and encourage application of workshop content.
CalABA will duplicate a reasonable quantity of handouts if
given sufficient advance notice. Submissions for workshops
must indicate the level of knowledge and skill required
for audience members to benefit from the workshop (i.e.,
introductory, intermediate, advanced). Workshops are either
3 hours or 6 hours in duration. Presenters receive 20% of the
workshop fees paid by those enrolled in their workshop.
IMPORTANT: Applying for Continuing Education Consideration
CalABA is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the following organizations:
The CalABA Professional Standards Committee is responsible for managing CalABA's
continuing education program. We are committed to providing a number of quality
continuing education opportunities at the 2014 conference for Board Certified Behavior
Analysts® and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts®, as well as
California licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical
social workers, and
certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
Not every presentation at the CalABA conference can be offered for continuing education
for every category of certificant or licensee, however, because each of the accrediting
organizations has specific criteria for continuing education events and
instructors with which CalABA must comply. Therefore, the Professional Standards Committee asks everyone who submits
a proposal for a presentation at the CalABA conference (except posters) to review the continuing education section of
the submission form to see if your presentation might qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). If it does, we strongly
encourage you to provide the information requested to enable the Professional Standards Committee to determine if your
presentation can be offered for CEUs, including an abstract that makes it clear that the content and level of instruction will be
post-certification or licensure, i.e., will contribute to the professional development of individuals with advanced degrees and
credentials. If your presentation is approved for continuing education for one or more professions, it will:
- help attract an audience for your presentation
- help ensure that professionals attending the conference keep up with developments in the field
- help maintain the integrity and vitality of the field
- support CalABA and its continuing education program