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The Training Experiences of Behavior Analysts: Compassionate Care and Therapeutic Relationships with Caregivers


Successfully working with families of children with autism requires technical behavior-analytic skills and critical interpersonal relationship-building skills. Taylor, LeBlanc, and Nosik (2018) suggested that many Board Certified Behavior Analysts might have been trained in graduate programs that focus primarily on conceptual and technical skills with little coverage of skills related to building therapeutic relationships. The current paper provides the results of an online survey of the precredential and postcredential training experiences of behavior analysts. The majority of behavior analysts surveyed indicated that they received no explicit didactic training or reading assignments on relationship-building skills in their graduate coursework in behavior analysis. Approximately half indicated that their practical experience supervisor provided guidance and mentoring on these skills. The majority of behavior analysts indicated that it is very important or extremely important that professional training programs develop formal training in this area.

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LeBlanc, L.A., Taylor, B.A. & Marchese, N.V. The Training Experiences of Behavior Analysts: Compassionate Care and Therapeutic Relationships with Caregivers. Behav Analysis Practice 13, 387–393 (2020).

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