APBA 2018 – Presentations by Oregonians

Panel Discussion

Facilitating Science-Informed Practice and Decision-Making in BCBA Candidates
Friday, April 20, 2018
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Chair: Dawn Bailey, Oregon Institute of Technology
Maria Lynn Kessler, Oregon Institute of Technology, Alice Austin, AKA Consulting, Inc. – Anchor Academy, Melissa Gard, Building Bridges, Nina L. Deese, Behavioral Solutions Consulting, Inc.
Reliance on science is a defining feature of applied behavior analysis and an ethical and professional obligation for all behavior analysts. Thus, it is imperative that academic training programs develop the habits of scientific inquiry in our students so that they are well-prepared to meet the challenge of staying current throughout their professional careers. Coordination between course work and supervised experience is essential to the development of these habits. The panelists will discuss the challenges encountered in preparing BCBA candidates and will describe strategies for meeting thOse challenges. Results from a survey of practicing BCBAs about the scientific inquiry strategies they use will be reported. Experiences from the field will be discussed. Examples of assignments from course work and practicum as well as suggestions for supporting the integration of scientific inquiry habits into practicum placements will be provided.