1. A Day In the Life of an In-Home BCBA
    A Day In the Life of an In-Home BCBA
    Although Board Certified Behavior Analysts can hold many roles, quite a few BCBAs begin their career by providing in-home services. For many, these roles are contract roles that consist of separate rates for travel time, billable hours, and non-billable time. In some companies, BCBAs only supervise Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), while with others the behavior analyst may be supervising Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS), behavior technicians, or even consulting directly with teachers and parents to train those individuals in implementation of an intervention plan.   In general, having a set schedule- with the ability to modify sessions- is incredibly helpful in organizing the day. While many professionals may value the 9-5 daily schedule, working in homes often means that BCBAs- and the staff they are supervising- are working early or late hours on a regular basis. Most agencies have a schedule protocol in place, and BCBAs should be sure to log their sessions on a calendar that can be viewed by offsite support staff as well, in case of any emergencies. Considering that most RBTs require about 8 hours per month of supervision, plan to rotate and see each RBT for at least 2 hours per week. Depending on client scripted hours, sessions may need to be longer, or staggered, to see multiple RBTs working with the same client in a given week.
  2. Navigating the Transition to BACB Task List 5
    Navigating the Transition to BACB Task List 5
    In January 2017 the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) unveiled its 5th Edition Task List for supervisees accruing experience hours for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) credential. The publication and announcement provided ample notice to current and future supervisees as the 5th Edition Task List will replace the 4th Edition Task List on January 1, 2022. According to the BACB®, the updates to its task list were determined by a group of subject-matter experts after reviewing previous task lists, a survey from prior subject-matter experts, survey results from experimental analysis of behavior experts, and the published Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
  3. Culturally-Responsive Supervision
    Culturally-Responsive Supervision
    Cultural responsiveness, social justice, inclusion, and a multitude of other terms have emerged during the last few years in the United States. At their root, these terms allude to the perception and equitable treatment among people. As professionals and behavioral experts, behavior analysts have the responsibility to establish clinical environments in which cultural diversity is embraced, not merely tolerated. Recent initiatives within the field have included more published research, continuing education opportunities, and clearly established ethical guidelines in the Ethics Code of Behavior Analysts, the derivative of Professional and Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
  4. The International Behavior Analysis Organization™
    The International Behavior Analysis Organization™
    Established in January 2020, the International Behavior Analysis Organization™ (IBAO™) is an organization that exists to “ensure ethical practices, protect consumers, and maintain appropriate educational standards in the field of ABA around the world.” It was founded by Dr. Michael Mueller and Dr. Ajamu Nkosi after Dr. Mueller completed a two-day training for behavior therapists in the Republic of Moldova and recognized the need for an international credentialing organization. The IBAO’s™ main objective is to promote high-quality behavior-analytic services throughout the world. As such, its website is available in 26 different languages. The IBAO™ Professional Advisory Board consists of representatives from 22 different countries. Press releases are available in multiple languages as well, including American Sign Language. Additionally, the IBAO™ values are impressed upon ethics, education, and confidence.