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So You Want to Get BACB Certified...

Sal Ruiz
May 15, 2017 8:36:59 AM

Behavior analytic literature provides some excellent guidelines for implementing the principles of behavior analysis with clients. For example, the dimensions of behavior analysis have demonstrated the importance of describing behavior in observable terms, demonstrating functional relations, providing replicable procedures, intervening to improve the lives of the organisms we work with, making a durable behavior across settings, and ensuring the procedures work (Baer, Wolfe, & Risley, 1968; Baer, Wolfe, & Risley, 1987).

Following these guidelines is critical to success, whether you work with typically developing people, those with a diagnosis, or non-human organisms. To do this well in the early stages of your career requires structured support from behavior analysts with a history of successfully building behavioral repertoires.... and meaningful BACB supervision should utilize the same principles and guidelines that applied behavior analysis services deliver.

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With Supervision from a Chartlytics Precision Teaching practitioner, we implement deliberate strategies to ensure supervisee success. We aim to shape up a repertoire of best practice and produce behavior analysts who perform well beyond minimum competencies.

Here’s how we do it:

  • First, we help our supervisees gain command of the literature through careful examination of seminal documents in the field.
  • Second, we provide practice opportunities to define and measure behavior. We place a unique emphasis on defining behaviors precisely and mastering best measurement practices for various scenarios.
  • Third, we guide supervisees through single case research designs and graphical displays while modeling analyses and decision-making processes, ultimately building supervisees’ analytic skills with graphed outcome data.
  • Fourth, we identify and strengthen the behaviors needed to operate independent of the supervisor.

The process provides a high level of guidance through supervision and gradually fades based on the performance of the supervisee. Precision Teaching emphasizes data analysis to determine when change is appropriate; the same model is applied to our BACB Supervision. The supervisor initially provides a high level of involvement and the amount of guidance changes as needed, based on progress data.

Further, we offer individual sessions and group sessions based specifically on which option best fills the needs of our individual supervisees. Individual sessions include content such as focusing on client needs, developing data collection tools, and measurement tactics. Depending on client needs or supervisee interest, we may also assign literature to contribute to a well-rounded understanding of certain concepts or procedures. A group session may include behavior analytic discussion led by the supervisees, or this time can be used to help connect future behavior analysts for the development of a professional network.

The field of behavior analysis has built a successful record of creating behavior change by individualizing interventions and measurement. Chartlytics Supervision provides the same level of individualization and measurement. We seek to create behavior analysts that have a strong foundation in measurement. Through guided support and careful analysis of data, great change can occur. Supervisees will one day become BCBAs who will impact the lives of many individuals, so we take supervision seriously.

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Meet the Author:

sal-profile-2.pngSal Ruiz, BCBA, Doctoral Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University.
Sal Ruiz is a third year PhD. Candidate in the College of Special 
Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Research interests include Functional Analysis, The Standard Celeration Chart, and Challenging Behavior. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Sal was a Behavior Specialist in a public school in Northern New Jersey. He obtained his BCBA credential in August 2013 and is currently supervising those pursuing certification. Visit Sal on LinkedIn



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