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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #510
Professional Development Series: Issues and Implications From Graduate Program Directors, Service Providers, and BACB Personnel
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
9:30 AM–10:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Tom Sharpe (Educational Consulting, Inc.)
TOM SHARPE (Educational Consulting, Inc.)
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
JOSE A. MARTINEZ-DIAZ (Florida Institute of Technology)
CHRISTINE L. RATCLIFF (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: The importance of kind and type of graduate training in ABA programs is receiving greater attention in relation to the dual purposes of training scholars and training service providers. Ongoing development and growing influence of BACB certification designed to ensure quality control of professional caregiving provides additional challenge. This panel discussion brings together graduate program directors, service delivery providers, and BACB personnel to discuss postsecondary training practices across the functionally related competency areas of (a) research activity to further a foundational knowledge base, (b) postsecondary teaching and outreach, and (c) applied professional service delivery. Discussion is focused on additional postsecondary training issues in relation to the growing ABAI and BACB emphases in the areas of: characteristics of effective behavior service delivery, form and function of required residency-based training experiences, and the related changes in emphases across required coursework progressions core to those training activities. Currently, a range of university-based undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral granting programs, and independent corporate organizations largely engaged in internet-based education, are all involving in the growing arena of professional service delivery training in concert with professional BCBA Certification activity. Recommendations for these programmatic initiatives, and the many different pedagogical procedures implemented are discussed.



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