Behavior Analysts practice in many different settings, with many different people. During graduate school, BCBAs-in-the-making generally complete a good deal of coursework related to Applied Behavior Analysis, and—ideally—get a good bit of practical, supervised training “in the field.” Such experiences are justifiably focused on mastering the concepts and practice of ABA. Some of these new BCBAs, however, will find themselves in positions practicing ABA with colleagues, team members, and collaborators who work for someone else. They may have many other interests, concerns, and pressures that are not well-aligned—or even at odds—with those of our nascent BCBAs. Consequently, in these situations, as a consultant, a prerequisite to practicing good behavior analysis is practicing good consulting. And the two are not the same.
In this presentation, Dr. Baekey and Dr. Lund will review the skills that can make a good Behavior Analyst a great consultant, and consequently, a much more effective practitioner with clients in those settings.