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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #150
Behavior Analysis as an Applied Field: Concerns and Solutions
Saturday, May 25, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 103 B
Area: AUT/TBA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Adriana (Adie) Anderson (Easterseals Southern California/Endicott College/)
CAROLYN CRYSDALE (Endicott College)

The exponential growth of the field over the last several years has warranted some concerns regarding quality as it pertains to graduate training programs, staff training, and service delivery. In his presidential address at the sixth annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Michael (1980) described good news and bad news regarding the growth of behavior analysis (now titled “Flight from Behavior Analysis”). In a similar fashion, this panel will address some of the good news and bad news as it relates to the field in the present day. As a result of the growth and demand for services, behavior analysts are now confronted with contingencies that were never encountered during the field’s formative years. Although the growth is promising and much good has resulted, these contingencies have also led to the development of some major concerns. In this panel, six main concerns and potential solutions will be discussed. These concerns include graduate training programs, staff training, ABA as a business and private equity, large caseloads, burnout, and turnover.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Professors, assistant professors, or adjunct faculty in higher education institutions. Any individuals that work in a service delivery or applied setting. These individuals may include clinical directors, assistant clinical directors, individuals that provide supervision to behavior analysts, clients, and/or direct care staff, staff trainers, or direct care staff.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) list and explain the current concerns in the field of applied behavior analysis as outlined in this panel; (2) analyze the proposed solutions and assess their feasibility within applied or institutional settings; (3) list additional potential solutions related to concerns with graduate training programs, staff training, and other variables affecting service delivery.
Keyword(s): graduate training, private equity, service delivery, staff training



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