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The Colorado State Board of Registered Psychotherapists regulates psychotherapists in the state. Board activities include review of licensure applications, complaints, and enforcement of disciplinary actions against those found to have violated the Mental Health Practice Act or board rule. The Board is made up of seven members, three public and four professionals, who meet six times per year.
Debbie Stafford, RP, ChairProfessional Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2020
Caprece Byrd, RP, Vice ChairProfessional Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2020
Stacey Ewan, RPProfessional Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2022
VacantProfessional Member | Term Expires:
Jane O'ShaughnessyPublic Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2022
Graham DeWitt Public Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2020
Lesli HirokawaPublic Member | Term Expires: July 1, 2023
Meetings and rulemaking hearings are normally held at 1560 Broadway, Denver, Colorado. For specific dates, times and locations, please refer to the calendar below. Please note that meeting dates are subject to change and/or cancellation. If you need minutes from previous meetings not listed below, please contact the program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: Are Behavioral Therapists required to register with DORA as a psychotherapist to engage in applied behavior analysis?
A: Applied Behavior Analysis and Psychotherapy: The practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) differs from the practice of psychotherapy. The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts defines ABA as “the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional and environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in human behavior. The practice of ABA includes the empirical identification of functional relations between behavior and environmental factors, known as functional assessment and analysis. ABA interventions are based on scientific research and direct and indirect observation and measurement of behavior and environment. They utilize contextual factors, motivating operations, antecedent stimuli, positive reinforcement, and other procedures to help individuals develop new behaviors, increase or decrease existing behaviors, and emit behaviors under specific environmental conditions.”
ABA practitioners (e.g., those certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) are not required to register as a Psychotherapist pursuant to section 12-43-702.5, C.R.S. unless they engage in the practice of psychotherapy as defined in section 12-43-201(9), C.R.S. in addition to their ABA work.
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