Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #88
Practicum and Supervision Methods
Saturday, May 24, 2008
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Area: TBA
Chair: Joshua K. Pritchard (University of Nevada, Reno)
Intensive Practicum in the Real World: A Collaborative Approach to Pre-BCBA Supervision.
Domain: Applied Research
THOMAS P. KITCHEN (Achievement Center/Mercyhurst University), Phillip J. Belfiore (Mercyhurst College), Robert Gulick (Achievement Center)
Abstract: With the much-welcomed changes to BACB requirements with regard to supervised experience, many college and university programs who prepare students to sit for the BCBA exam are working to meet the challenges associated with providing adequate supervision to accompany coursework. This address will discuss the structure of one college’s provision of a BACB-approved Intensive Practicum program to provide seamless cohesion of coursework and supervised experience. It will also discuss the creative collaborative relationship between the college, a human service agency committed to the field, and a cohort of behavior analysts working within the community. The session will address the development and progress of this program two years into its implementation. The session attendees will hear about the obvious benefits of such a collaborative effort, as well as obstacles that required prompt resolution (some of which were significant during the initial year of implementation).
Competency Based BACB Supervision.
Domain: Applied Research
JOSHUA K. PRITCHARD (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Since the inception of the BACB, behavior analysts have become board certified through an application process requiring specific coursework, supervision by other qualified practitioners, and successfully passing a standardized exam. In the last few years, however, these requirements have tightened, requiring more coursework and cleaner measure of supervision time from the applicant. Yet, a common criticism of BACB certification is the requirement for practical supervision. For a while, the only requirement was a signature attesting that the applicant had indeed been supervised for a specific amount of time. Now, there is a form to fill out for each session of supervision on which the supervisor selects the area that was supervised at that meeting. It is our desire to take this one step further – require that supervision be more competency based, a criterion we tout as a hallmark of good training. In this paper, we investigate how to create and implement such a model for which supervision can be done and competency can be assessed without becoming impractical.



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