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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #289
PDS: Professional Perspectives: Essential Questions in Graduate School for Professional Preparation in ABA
Sunday, May 24, 2020
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence D
Area: TBA/DEV; Domain: Translational
Chair: Bradley Ray Tiefenthaler (Montana State University Billings, Family Outreach, Inc. )
ELLIE KAZEMI (California State University, Northridge)
CHERYL A. YOUNG-PELTON (Montana State University in Billings)
JACKIE MOHLER (Family Outreach)

Too many students graduate without being fully prepared to handle their professional responsibilities. Instead of focusing on meaningful and transcendent topics (i.e., archetypal themes, conflicts, and resolutions), we tend to focus on immediate requirements and measurements (i.e., rubrics, grade points, credits, etc.). We read our books, write our papers, and take our tests to satisfy rubric requirements, pass our classes, and ultimately graduate; but we don’t normally transcend the material and focus on the conflicts we will face in the future. This Professional Development Series asks those questions, engages these topics, and focuses on the most important conflicts within the field of ABA from three professional perspectives – an ABA practitioner, researcher, and professor – to better prepare students for professional responsibilities. Please, join the conversation!

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Conflicts, Perspectives, Questions



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