Reflection On Behavior Analysis

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Reflection I found it extremely helpful to be able to sit down with an experienced and knowledgeable BCBA and find out more exactly of what the job entails, and its day to day duties. It was important to gain this insight, as we can only learn so much in our academic studies. At the end of the day being a behavior analyst is to be part of a group of individuals committed to the higher purpose of bringing benefits to others, and they are the only ones who have been through what myself and my peers are going through now. The first thing that stood out to me during my conversation with Ms. Velarde, was how experienced she was in the industry. She has committed over 19 years of her life to individuals with developmental delays and it is truly …show more content…
Among these are that “Behavior analysts have a responsibility to ensure that their clients' rights are protected, that their specialized services are based on the most recent scientific and technological findings, that treatment is provided in a manner consistent with the highest standards of excellence, and that individuals who are in need of service will not be denied access to the most effective treatment available.” (Van Houten, et al.,1988) Two of these responsibilities rely on a unique aspect of the field of behavior analysis. The field of behavior analysis is unique due to the fact that we are obligated to stay up to date with the most recent scientifically validated treatments. Providing the most effective treatment available means being on top of the studies being conducted, and denouncing all treatments not empirically validated. When the interviewee was asked what advice she would solicit to an aspiring behavior analyst, her answer was in essence to never think you know it all, and to never stop learning from both the literature and your colleagues. This is in accordance with section 1.03 of the BACB ethical code, which states that BCBA’s must be “knowledgeable of current scientific studies and professional information in their areas of practice and to maintain competence in the skills they use.” (BACB,2015) The BACB has a CEU requirement to be completed every three year …show more content…
The interviewee provided very candid and insightful answers to my questions, and I am very appreciative of that. One of the most insightful answers she gave, was when asked about her education in ethics, she answered that she believed her post-graduate education in ABA ethics was lacking in application of the ethics code to scenarios that may be encountered after graduation. This made me thankful that the education in the field has truly evolved in the past 20 years to be more “student centered” and not based on traditional education models, but rather on developing competent professionals who are ready to encounter and solve ethical

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