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Special Interest Groups

One of UK-SBA’s overarching aims is to provide an information resource on all aspects of Behaviour Analytic practice and research.   In line with this aim, UK-SBA has a commitment to ensuring that all the disciplines within Behaviour Analysis are fully represented, through the assemblage of special interest groups (SIGs).

What is a UK-SBA Special Interest Group (SIG)?

Special interest groups (SIGs) are a critical component of UK-SBA. They allow members with specialised interests to network with one another, as well as arranging specific activities to support SIG members.  SIGs are important entities in promoting the mission and objectives of the organisation.

A SIG is a group of UK-SBA members (at any membership level) who wish to coordinate activities around a particular area of interest.  These activities are intended to support the mission and objectives of the organisation, whilst also affording specific benefits to SIG members.  Examples of SIGS from other behaviour analytic organisations include Positive Behaviour Support, Teaching Behaviour Analysis, Evidence-based Practice, Organisational Behaviour Management, and Autism, just to name a few.

Currently, our SIGs include:

What types of things do SIGs do?

SIGS may coordinate a range of activities aimed at sharing information or promoting behaviour analytic practice within their particular area of interest.  For example, SIGS might organise a forum for discussion of relevant issues, arrange training events or speakers for their group, construct bibliographies of key readings in their area of interest (which could be published on the UK-SBA website), or meet to discuss new or historical research in their area.

You can read a summary of SIG activity for the last year here.

Do I have to be a member of UK-SBA to start or join a SIG?

Yes, SIGs are comprised of members of UK-SBA.  However, members from any membership category (full, affiliate or student) can apply to start a SIG or be a member or officer in the SIG.

If I want to establish a SIG, what do I need to do?

If you are interested in establishing a UK-SBA SIG, the first step is to find at least five UK-SBA members who are interested in being members of the SIG.  You must then complete an application (click here for an application), which requires you to outline the goals of your SIG.  The application will be reviewed by the UK-SBA Board and you’ll receive a letter indicating whether your SIG has been approved.  If your application is not approved, the UK-SBA will provide guidance on what you need to do to obtain approval.  There is no deadline for SIG applications.  However, applications should be received by the 15th of the month preceding the quarterly Board meeting at which you would like your application reviewed.  Board meetings are held in January, April, July, and October.  Completed applications should be sent to [email protected]

Once a SIG application is approved, what does UK-SBA require of SIGs?

Once your SIG is approved by the UK-SBA Board, your SIG will be required to hold an annual meeting (either in person or virtually, at a time deemed appropriate by your members) and submit an annual report to the UK-SBA Board by 1 January each year. SIGS in the first year of operation also will need to submit a 6-month progress report to describe the activities of the SIG and progress towards meetings their goals.  Templates for the 6-month progress report and annual report are available on the UK-SBA website.

 Do SIG activities have to be approved by the UK-SBA Board?

Activities need only be approved by the Board if you plan to use the UK-SBA name or logo on any written or electronic materials (e.g., advertising for an event, letters to MPs).  Any events in which you wish to provide BACB-approved continuing education units must also be approved by the Board.  You should submit a description of the activity or event (and a copy of any related materials) to the Board at least six weeks prior to the event/activity.

What support does UK-SBA provide for SIGs?

Each SIG will have a dedicated page on the UK-SBA website.  The page must include a statement of the SIGs mission and goals.  SIGs may also post additional information that may be useful to their members, UK-SBA members in general, and to the general public.  The UK-SBA Board also will provide written feedback on the SIGs progress and annual reports.  SIGs may also contact the UK-SBA SIG Coordinator ([email protected] ) for additional guidance and support.

How will the SIG post information to the website?

One person should be designated by the SIG to coordinate uploading information with the UK-SBA webmaster.  We ask SIGs to limit their requests to 2 per month unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Therefore, it will be helpful to collect several pieces of information and submit them all in one request, rather than making separate requests for each piece of information the SIG wishes to upload.  Requests for uploads should be sent to [email protected]

Are there any fees associated with forming a SIG or being a member of a SIG?

There is no fee for forming a SIG.  SIGs are not allowed to charge dues for being a member of a SIG.  Any activities coordinated by the SIG in which a registration fee is charged must be approved by the UK-SBA Board.

May UK-SBA SIGs affiliate with other organisations?

UK-SBA SIGS may not  formally affiliate with other organisations because doing so may cause confusion for UK-SBA members and the wider public.  If your SIG would like to provide a link (via the SIG’s webpage) to another group that is not specifically behaviour analytic, these links must be approved by the UK-SBA Board.  If approved, the links will include a disclaimer of endorsement by UK-SBA.