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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #153
CE Offered: BACB
Measuring Competence in Supervision and Training: Proposing How to Address Experiential Requirements
Sunday, May 27, 2012
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
612 (Convention Center)
Area: TBA/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Nicholas L. Weatherly, Ph.D.
Chair: Keith Hersh (Spalding University)
NICHOLAS L. WEATHERLY (Spalding University)
AMY MCCOMAS (Indiana Applied Behavior Analysis Institute)
BELINDA HUGHES (Ball State University)

As the field of Behavior Analysis continues to grow, there has been an increase in the number of graduate training programs. The academic requirements to sit for certification are outlined by the BACB, as well as the accreditation standards by ABAI. Despite an outlined curriculum for academic coursework, there remains little to no standards for the content of what counts towards the experiential requirements for certification. Due to the large variety of careers behavior analysts pursue after training, it is difficult to identify what areas of training are mandatory for all behavior analysts. Further should those who seek to become practitioners have separate experiential requirements than researchers? Section 1.02 of the conduct guidelines address the behavior analysts ethical obligation to only provide services within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, and supervised experience. The panel proposes that there are important skill sets that should be required of all behavior analysts in training, as well as methods to measure competence, regardless of individual career goals. The panel will propose a few methods of assessing competence including video recording, practicum portfolios, and the use of task analysis, with a goal of encouraging all supervisors to utilize similar methods.

Keyword(s): competence, Supervision practicum



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