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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #200
CE Offered: BACB — 
Issues Regarding Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis: Practicum and Supervision
Sunday, May 28, 2017
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: TBA/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kyle E Rowsey, M.S.
Chair: Kyle E Rowsey (University of Southern Mississippi)
MICHAEL E. ROHR (Behavioral and Counseling Services, LLC)
NOELLE NEAULT (Simmons College)

Dixon et al. (2015) ranked graduate programs in behavior analysis per the publication rates of their faculty. While controversial, this established the contention that research productivity may be a vital component of graduate training. Conversely, Malott (1992) argued that graduate programs should focus less on researcher skills and more on developing practitioners. At ABAI 2016, Wilder, Reeve, and Dixon offered a panel to discuss the importance of research in graduate ABA training. The purpose of this panel is to continue and expand that discussion, particularity with respect to the practicum and supervision graduate programs provide to students. Participants will take part in an open discussion regarding the role and integration of research into practice experiences. Should supervisors encourage or even require students to take a case-driven research model, such as the one proposed by Reid (1992)? Should practicum and supervision experiences focus more on the delivery on services without attention to specific research issues? Can ABA practice truly be separated from a research-based orientation and still uphold the seven dimensions of ABA as outlines by Baer, Wolf, and Risely (1968)? These questions and many others will be discussed in an open forum. This is part two of a two part panel.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Supervision



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