Behavioral Skills Training Protocol
Which BACB Fifth Edition Task List item will be taught?
A-1. Identify the goals of behavior analysis as a science (i.e., description, prediction, control).
A-2. Explain the philosophical assumptions underlying the science of behavior analysis (e.g., selectionism, determinism, empiricism, parsimony, pragmatism).
A-3. Describe and explain behavior from the perspective of radical behaviorism.
A-4. Distinguish among behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and professional practice guided by the science of behavior analysis.
A-5. Describe and define the dimensions of applied behavior analysis (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).
B-1. Define and provide examples of behavior, response, and response class
B-2. Define and provide examples of stimulus and stimulus class.
B-3. Define and provide examples of respondent and operant conditioning.
B-4. Define and provide examples of positive and negative reinforcement contingencies.
B-5. Define and provide examples of schedules of reinforcement.
B-6. Define and provide examples of positive and negative punishment contingencies.
B-7. Define and provide examples of automatic and socially mediated contingencies.
B-8. Define and provide examples of unconditioned, conditioned, and generalized reinforcers and punishers.
B-9. Define and provide examples of operant extinction.
B-10. Define and provide examples of stimulus control.
B-11. Define and provide examples of discrimination, generalization, and maintenance.
B-12. Define and provide examples of motivating operations.
B-13. Define and provide examples of rule-governed and contingency-shaped behavior.
B-14. Define and provide examples of the verbal operants.
B-15. Define and provide examples of derived stimulus relations.
C-1. Establish operational definitions of behavior.
C-2. Distinguish among direct, indirect, and product measures of behavior.
C-3. Measure occurrence (e.g., frequency, rate, percentage).
C-4. Measure temporal dimensions of behavior (e.g., duration, latency, interresponse time).
C-5. Measure form and strength of behavior (e.g., topography, magnitude).
C-6. Measure trials to criterion.
C-7. Design and implement sampling procedures (i.e., interval recording, time sampling).
C-8. Evaluate the validity and reliability of measurement procedures.
C-9. Select a measurement system to obtain representative data given the dimensions of behavior and the logistics of observing and recording.
C-10. Graph data to communicate relevant quantitative relations (e.g., equal-interval graphs, bar graphs, cumulative records).
C-11. Interpret graphed data.
D-1. Distinguish between dependent and independent variables.
D-2. Distinguish between internal and external validity.
D-3. Identify the defining features of single-subject experimental designs (e.g., individuals serve as their own controls, repeated measures, prediction, verification, replication).
D-4. Describe the advantages of single-subject experimental designs compared to group designs.
D-5. Use single-subject experimental designs (e.g., reversal, multiple baseline, multielement, changing criterion).
D-6. Describe rationales for conducting comparative, component, and parametric analyses.
E-1. Responsible conduct of behavior analysts
E-2. Behavior analysts’ responsibility to clients
E-3. Assessing behavior
E-4. Behavior analysts and the behavior-change program
E-5. Behavior analysts as supervisors
E-6. Behavior analysts’ ethical responsibility to the profession of behavior analysis
E-7. Behavior analysts’ ethical responsibility to colleagues
E-8. Public statements
E-9. Behavior analysts and research
E-10. Behavior analysts’ ethical responsibility to the BACB
F-1. Review records and available data (e.g., educational, medical, historical) at the outset of the case.
F-2. Determine the need for behavior-analytic services.
F-3. Identify and prioritize socially significant behavior-change goals.
F-4. Conduct assessments of relevant skill strengths and deficits.
F-5. Conduct preference assessments.
F-6. Describe the common functions of problem behavior.
F-7. Conduct a descriptive assessment of problem behavior.
F-8. Conduct a functional analysis of problem behavior.
F-9. Interpret functional assessment data.
G-1. Use positive and negative reinforcement procedures to strengthen behavior.
G-2. Use interventions based on motivating operations and discriminative stimuli.
G-3. Establish and use conditioned reinforcers.
G-4. Use stimulus and response prompts and fading (e.g., errorless, most-to-least, least-to-most, prompt delay, stimulus fading).
G-5. Use modeling and imitation training.
G-6. Use instructions and rules.
G-7. Use shaping.
G-8. Use chaining.
G-9. Use discrete-trial, free-operant, and naturalistic teaching arrangements.
G-10. Teach simple and conditional discriminations.
G-11. Use Skinner’s analysis to teach verbal behavior.
G-12. Use equivalence-based instruction.
G-13. Use the high-probability instructional sequence.
G-14. Use reinforcement procedures to weaken behavior (e.g., DRA, FCT, DRO, DRL, NCR).
G-15. Use extinction.
G-16. Use positive and negative punishment (e.g., time-out, response cost, overcorrection).
G-17. Use token economies.
G-18. Use group contingencies.
G-19. Use contingency contracting.
G-20. Use self-management strategies.
G-21. Use procedures to promote stimulus and response generalization.
G-22. Use procedures to promote maintenance.
H-1. State intervention goals in observable and measurable terms.
H-2. Identify potential interventions based on assessment results and the best available scientific evidence.
H-3. Recommend intervention goals and strategies based on such factors as client preferences, supporting environments, risks, constraints, and social validity.
H-4. When a target behavior is to be decreased, select an acceptable alternative behavior to be established or increased.
H-5. Plan for possible unwanted effects when using reinforcement, extinction, and punishment procedures.
H-6. Monitor client progress and treatment integrity.
H-7. Make data-based decisions about the effectiveness of the intervention and the need for treatment revision.
H-8. Make data-based decisions about the need for ongoing services.
H-9. Collaborate with others who support and/or provide services to clients.
I-1. State the reasons for using behavior-analytic supervision and the potential risks of ineffective supervision (e.g., poor client outcomes, poor supervisee performance).
I-2. Establish clear performance expectations for the supervisor and supervisee.
I-3. Select supervision goals based on an assessment of the supervisee’s skills.
I-4. Train personnel to competently perform assessment and intervention procedures.
I-5. Use performance monitoring, feedback, and reinforcement systems.
I-6. Use a functional assessment approach (e.g., performance diagnostics) to identify variables affecting personnel performance.
I-7. Use function-based strategies to improve personnel performance.
I-8. Evaluate the effects of supervision (e.g., on client outcomes, on supervisee repertoires).
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How will the skill be modeled?
What is the format for rehearsal?
When and how will feedback be provided?
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When will the skills be obsered in-vivo following training?
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