ABAI Graduate Program Course Content: Implications for Education and Training for the Field
May 27, 2023
May 27, 2023
This workshop is presented by Hopebridge Chief Clinical Officer, Jana Sarno! Join her at the 49th Annual ABA Convention in Denver, CO for this presentation and more!
Graduate training programs in behavior analysis are tasked with developing well-rounded and competent behavior analysts. To help ensure the quality of education in behavior analysis, professional organizations such as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) provide standards, guidance, and oversight of courses and educational training. However, within the guidelines and standards set by the BACB and ABAI, there is significant leeway in terms of the what material is covered and how it is taught. In this symposium, we will present data from three projects that sought to evaluate the content and approach to teaching in behavior analysis graduate training programs. Caitlyn Peal will present data gathered from a survey of Verified Course Sequence (VCS) instructors on what philosophical topics are included in graduate courses. Leonora Ryland will present the results of a review of syllabi from VCS programs regarding instruction on norm- and criterion-referenced skills assessments. Jana Sarno will then present data from a survey study that assessed the education and training experiences of behavior analysts in administering standardized skills assessments