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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Invited Tutorial #421
CE Offered: BACB
Professional Competency: You May Have It Now, But Can You Keep It?
Monday, May 31, 2021
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Theory
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Edward Daly, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer J. McComas (University of Minnesota)
Presenting Authors: : EDWARD DALY (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

This presentation will examine what the sciences of expertise and professional judgment have to teach behavior analysts about cultivating, maintaining, and expanding professional competencies following training. The topic will be presented in the context of the field’s ethical standards with respect to (a) relying on scientific knowledge, (b) respecting the boundaries of competence, and (c) maintaining and continuously improving professional competence in the complex environments in which we work. This complexity makes our work environments highly conducive to judgment errors that compromise our ability to assure that our clients receive the best-possible treatment. But, the greatest potential source of error lies within the professional who assumes that prior training and experience assures competence. Although the research on professional expertise and judgment has largely been carried on outside the field, our very own principles of behavior and professional practice can be useful to us if we apply them to ourselves properly in managing our professional behavior. The implications for practice of the sciences of professional expertise and professional judgment will be examined in terms of how we behavior analysts can self-manage our professional behavior to assure that we are doing everything within our power to address the needs of our clients.

Target Audience:

All behavior analysts.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) discuss what the science of expertise has revealed about how professionals grow and flourish or fail to grow in their competencies over time in their careers; (2) discuss practitioner sources of error in judgment and decision making and how they potentially harm our clients; (3) review how to self-manage their professional behavior to minimize judgment errors and grow in their competencies through the systematic application of principles of behavior.
EDWARD DALY (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Edward J. Daly III, BCBA-D, conducts research on functional assessment methods and school-based consultation. He has co-authored numerous chapters and journal articles on this topic. Dr. Daly is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches course work in Applied Behavior Analysis, school-based interventions, and single-case experimental designs.



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