Criterion-Referenced, Competency-Based Training in Behavior Modification

  • Richard H. Hirschenberger
  • Patricia S. McGuire
  • Don R. Thomas


The field of behavior modification relies on the use of both professionals and paraprofessionals for the delivery of treatment. The competence of the people involved in the delivery of treatment is an essential element in ensuring high-quality and effective services. The need for both initial training and ongoing in-service training is and will continue to be a critical factor in assuring that the services provided in a behavioral program are of the highest quality.

The purpose of this chapter is to describe the development of a competency-based, criterion-referenced assessment and training program. The assessment and training materials were developed to meet the needs of practicing professionals and paraprofessionals. An overview of the competency-based, criterion-referenced training system will be provided. The process that was used in identifying, verifying, and operationalizing specific behavioral competencies as well as information regarding the methods of assessment and training will be presented. Problems and issues in verifying the effectiveness of training will be discussed, and future directions for continued development will be outlined.


Behavior Modification Criterion Item Training Material Behavior Analyst Simulation Exercise 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Hirschenberger
    • 1
  • Patricia S. McGuire
    • 1
  • Don R. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Brainerd Regional Human Services CenterBrainerdUSA

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