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§5-86-2  Definitions. –

Published: 2015

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Licensing of Applied Behavior Analysts

SECTION 5-86-2

   § 5-86-2  Definitions. –

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall be construed as follows:

   (1) "Applied behavior analyst" means a person licensed to

practice applied behavior analysis under the provisions of this chapter and the

rules and regulations authorized by this chapter.

   (2) "Applied behavior analyst aide" means a person not

licensed pursuant to the laws and rules applicable to the practice of applied

behavior analysis, who works under the supervision of a licensed applied

behavior analyst, who assists in the practice of applied behavior analysis and

whose activities require an understanding of applied behavior analysis, but do

not require professional or advanced training in the basic anatomical,

psychological, and social sciences involved in the practice of applied behavior


   (3) "Applied behavior assistant analyst" means a person

licensed who practices applied behavior analysis under the provisions of this

chapter and the rules and regulations authorized by this chapter.

   (4) "Board" means the licensing board of applied behavior

analysts within the Rhode Island department of health, established pursuant to

the provisions of § 5-86-3 of the chapter.

   (5) "Department" means the Rhode Island department of health.

   (6) "Director" means the director of the Rhode Island

department of health.

   (7) "Education" means the academic program pursued by the

person in obtaining the bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree, that the

programs to include formal course work, seminars and practica.

   (8) "Psychologist with equivalent experience" means a person

deemed to hold equivalent licensure as an applied behavior analyst upon

satisfying equivalency requirements through submission and satisfaction of

written evidence of education and relevant experience to the department

pursuant to subsection 5-86-9(c) of this chapter.

   (9) "Practice of applied behavior analysis" means the design,

implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications by a behavior

analyst to produce socially significant improvements in human behavior. It

includes the empirical identification of functional relations between

environment and behavior, known as functional assessment and analysis. Applied

behavior analysis interventions are based on scientific research and the direct

observation and measurement of behavior and environment. They utilize

contextual factors, establishing operations, antecedent stimuli, positive

reinforcement and other consequences to help people develop new behaviors,

increase or decrease existing behaviors, and emit behaviors under specific

environmental conditions. The practice of applied behavior analysis expressly

excludes psychological testing, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, cognitive

therapy, sex therapy, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, and long-term counseling as

treatment modalities. Such services are provided by a person licensed under

this chapter only when applied behavior analysis services are prescribed by a

child psychiatrist, a behavioral developmental pediatrician, a child

neurologist or a licensed psychologist with training in child psychology

pursuant to § 27-20.11-4.

   (10) "Supervised experience" means the practical application

of principles, methods and procedures of the science of applied behavioral

analysis in accordance with the requirements of § 5-86-9 of this chapter.

   (11) "Supervision" means that a licensed applied behavior

analyst is at all times responsible for supportive personnel and clients.

   (12) "These regulations" mean all parts of Rhode Island rules

and regulations for licensing applied behavior analysts, applied behavior

assistant analysts, and psychologists with equivalent experience.

   (13) "Training" means the pre-professional or professional

supervised experience received by the person at the pre or post-doctoral level

that experience to have been obtained in an internship, clinic, or other

similar professional setting.

History of Section.

(P.L. 2012, ch. 318, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 338, § 1.)