Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Clinicians Share their Knowledge as Respected Expert Resources, Continue to Build Awareness for Autism

A panel of behavior experts from Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center in Natick and RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting recently presented at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) Conference in Amherst.

Nov. 17, 2017 / PRZen / NATICK, Mass. — RCS Learning Center Executive Director and Chief of Research and Application, Dr. Christina King, PhD, and Colleen Yorlets, RCS Chief Clinical Specialist, co-chaired the panel and led the discussion at the University of Massachusetts on Preparation and Oversight of Early Career BCBAs. Multiple RCS staff served as panelists, including RCS Learning Center Clinical Director Meg Breault, and Lillie Joyce, Clinician. They were accompanied by Dr. Russell Maguire and Dr. Ron Allen of Simmons College, and Dr. Nicole Davis of Northeastern University.

For 30 years, Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), a respected resource for behavior analysts and others interested in the topic, has hosted an annual conference targeting many professionals, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the areas of behavior analysis, autism, developmental disabilities, ethics, behavioral medicine, staff development and more. The conference draws expert presenters and professionals in the field from across the US.  Throughout the year, BABAT provides advocacy for practice, support for members’ professional development, recognition of significant contributions, and the sharing of research and scholarship.

“University faculty, practitioners, and employers of behavior analysts all share the task of preparing new and future behavior analysts for their roles across various settings and populations,” said Colleen Yorlets, Chief Clinical Specialist for Realizing Children’s Strengths. “Regardless of the quality of graduate programs, practicing behavior analysts acquire and develop additional skills and methods in the field, making oversight beyond graduate school essential. In order to ensure the effectiveness and success of early career BCBAs, adequate ongoing support and feedback is critical.”

In the BABAT presentation titled Preparing and Overseeing Early Career BCBAs, panelists discussed some common development areas for new BCBAs and the challenges to oversight. Additionally, panelists shared models and strategies found to be effective in practice.

Nine BCBAs from RCS Learning Center also attended the conference for ongoing education and insight.

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