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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Paper Session #472
CE Offered: BACB
Expanding Our Scope of Competence: What We Can Learn From Other Fields
Monday, May 31, 2021
5:00 PM–5:25 PM
Area: TBA
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Daniel Almeida (Beacon Services)
CE Instructor: Daniel Almeida, Ph.D.

Expanding Our Scope of Competence: What We Can Learn From Other Fields

Domain: Service Delivery
DANIEL ALMEIDA (Beacon Services)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code provides limited guidance on how behavior analysts achieve competence in new areas of practice. The Code says that we need to engage in appropriate study, training, supervision, and consultation from competent practitioners before practicing in a new area. However, our field lacks specific guidance on how to train practitioners to achieve competency. This paper will examine how competent practitioners are trained in the fields of medicine and psychology and how their training protocols may have relevance to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. In those fields, the definitions of competence will be reviewed. In addition, non-technical skill repertoires that are components of competent practice and the methods for teaching them will be examined. They include repertoires that are critical for successful practice such as clinical decision-making, problem solving, rapport building, and culturally responsive practice. Suggestions for how these practices can be adapted to Applied Behavior Analysis will be offered. Implications for graduate training will be discussed.

Target Audience:

Participants should be acquainted with the literature on scope of competence.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) state two definitions of competence from fields outside of ABA; (2) state two non-technical skill repertoires that are components of competent practice.



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