Teaching Graduate Students to Identify and Adhere to Practicum Requirements | Ethics BCBA CEU Credits: 1 | Behavior Webinars LLC

Teaching Graduate Students to Identify and Adhere to Practicum Requirements | Ethics BCBA CEU Credits: 1

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A critical component of becoming eligible to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam is the completion of fieldwork experience hours according to the BACB Experience Standards (2018). The accrual of experience hours must meet stringent criteria and is strongly recommended to be documented using the BACB Fieldwork Tracker. Thirteen graduate students in behavior analysis were taught to enter data into the BACB Fieldwork Tracker using mock fieldwork scenarios. Training was conducted using group behavioral skills training. The training occurred remotely using both synchronous and asynchronous components. Of the 13 participants, 11 showed improvement from baseline, and 10 met and maintained performance at mastery levels at the end of the study. Social validity scores indicated that most participants felt the training was helpful, and they reported lower levels of fieldwork accrual–related stress following training (81.8% and 72.7%, respectively). Limitations and areas for future research are discussed.

Objectives

  • Participants will examine the use of group BST to teach graduate students how to accurately use the BACB Fieldwork Tracker. They will analyze study outcomes, including the improvement in data entry accuracy and the reduction in fieldwork-related stress among participants, to understand the impact of BST on learning complex procedural skills.
  • Participants will assess the remote delivery format of BST, including its components like instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback, provided via a teleconferencing platform. They will critique the training's effectiveness based on participant performance and social validity measures, discussing the potential for implementing similar remote training approaches in other educational or professional settings.

Reference

Parry-Cruwys, D., Atkinson, R., & MacDonald, J. (2021). Teaching Graduate Students to Identify and Adhere to Practicum Requirements. Behavior analysis in practice, 15(2), 433–442. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-021-00571-x

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