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 #350
CE Offered: BACB
40 years of ABA Preparing Competent Practitioners Part I: Advancing the Academic Experience
Monday, May 26, 2014
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
W193a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michael E. Rohr, Ph.D.
Chair: Matthew A.T. Lehman (Able Pathways)
MATTHEW A.T. LEHMAN (Able Pathways)
WESLEY H. DOTSON (Texas Tech University)
DAYNA BEDDICK (University of West Florida)

Programs to train behavior analysts have evolved greatly in the 40 years of ABAI. Current programs represent a wide array of delivery modes (on ground, online, hybrid), across a number of levels of training (master degree, graduate respecialization, and doctoral programs) in different departments and with different training requirements. How best to produce high quality student outcomes in these different program types to ensure a well-trained next generation of behavior analysts is important to program directors and members of our profession. Means of advancing the academic experience in behavior analysis training will be discussed with special focus on elements of the coursework requirement that maximize comprehension and application instead of just retention and getting beyond the basics in class and ensuring that the students demonstrate understand of the complexity of our science as it relates to the types of clients they're going to have to work with as a BCBA.

Keyword(s): BCBA preparation, program design, student outcomes, supervised experience



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