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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #511
CE Offered: BACB
40 years of ABA Preparing Competent Practitioners Part II: Systematizing the Applied Experience
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
W193a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Deirdre Lee Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Chair: Deirdre Lee Fitzgerald (University of Saint Joseph)
JENNIFER KLAPATCH (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
JESSICA E. FRIEDER (Western Michigan University)
ELLIE KAZEMI (California State University, Northridge)
Abstract: In the 40 years of ABAI, many elements in programs to train behavior analysts have changed. In Part II of the discussion on Preparing Competent Practitioners, means of advancing the supervised experience component of the graduate training experience are explored. Noting a variety of program formats and durations currently exist, challenges in creating a graduates with repertoires that prepare them to face the challenges of our profession will be addressed. Differences in university-based and community-based supervision sites, types and experience of supervisors, and competency requirements for students will be discussed with a focus on what works to control outcomes. Panelists will discuss applied training standards, practices for implementing them, supervision processes, and requirements that produce valued results in creating systematic increases in the quality and rigor of the applied experience in behavior analysis training.
Keyword(s): BCBA preparation, program design, student outcomes, supervised experience



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