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.

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #419
CE Offered: BACB
The Behavior Analysis Training System
Monday, May 27, 2019
8:00 AM–9:50 AM
Fairmont, Second Level, International Ballroom
Area: TBA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Kelly Kohler (Western Michigan University)
Discussant: Richard W. Malott (Western Michigan University)
CE Instructor: Kelly Kohler, Ph.D.
Abstract:

The overarching goal of the Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) is to train BS, MA, and PhD students who are science-based practitioners, rather than researchers. This lab focuses on training students in the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis, with an emphasis in systems analysis and developmental disabilities. This symposium will examine the Behavior Analysis Training System at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral level.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism, graduate training, undergraduate training
Target Audience:

Students, supervisors, and faculty in the field of behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe a behavior analytic approach to undergraduate training; (2) describe a behavior analytic approach to graduate training; (3) describe the science-based practitioner model.
 
The Undergraduate Student Experience: Course Work
HERIBERTO BOBADILLA (Western Michigan University), Clare Marie Christe (Western Michigan University), Michael Kranak (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University are first introduced to behavior analytic concepts and principles in our Introduction to Behavior Analysis course, along with the supplemental Operant Conditioning Lab (rat lab). This presentation will examine how a behavior analytic approach to college teaching is used to train and recruit students into the field of behavior analysis.
 

The Undergraduate Student Experience: Practicum and Research

MICHAEL LEE TOMAK (Western Michigan University), Kaylee Tomak (Western Michigan University)
Abstract:

In the Autism Practicum, undergraduate students are trained to be behavior technicians providing one-on-one ABA therapy in a discrete-trial preschool classroom. Some students also complete an undergraduate Honor's thesis under the mentorship of a second-year Master's student. This presentation will describe our training and mentorship models.

 
The Master's Student Experience
KELLY KOHLER (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) Master's program trains MA students who meet the qualifications for graduation and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Students in the MA program complete a BACB Verified Course Sequence, gain practicum experience, teach an Introduction to Behavior Analysis course, and complete a Master's Project. This presentation will describe our training system.
 
The Doctoral Student Experience
SOFIA F. PETERS (Western Michigan University), Kohei Togashi (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: PhD students in the Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) gain experience as science-based practitioners. They complete theses and dissertations where the first goal of the research is that the child benefits from the research. In addition to their research and coursework, PhD students are given an assistantship, either overseeing the MA instruction of the Introduction to Behavior Analysis course, or providing BCBA supervision to the Master's students. This presentation will describe our PhD program.
 

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