2nd Edition

25 Essential Skills for the Successful Behavior Analyst From Graduate School to Chief Executive Officer

By Jon Bailey, Mary Burch Copyright 2023
    308 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This second edition of Bailey and Burch’s best-selling 25 Essential Skills for the Successful Behavior Analyst is an invaluable guide to the professional skills required in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

    The demands on professional behavior analysts, BCBAs and BCBA-Ds, are constantly increasing such that several new skills are required to keep up with new developments. Each chapter has been thoroughly updated and seven new chapters address recognizing the need to understand client advocacy, cultural responsiveness, and the movement toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.

    The authors present five basic skills and strategy areas which each behavior analyst need to acquire: essential professional skills, basic behavioral repertoire, applying behavioral knowledge, vital work habits, and advanced skills. This book is organized around those five areas, with a total of 25 specific skills presented within those topics.

    UNIT 1 Essential Professional Skills 1. Business & Professional Etiquette 2. Interpersonal Communications 3. Ethics 4. Total Competence in ABA & Your Specialty 5. "Think Function" UNIT 2 The Basic Behavioral Repertoire 6. Supervision 7. Leadership 8. Assertiveness 9. Cultural Responsiveness 10. Client Advocate UNIT 3 Applying Your Behavioral Knowledge 11. Managing Difficult People 12. Using Shaping Effectively 13. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 14. Performance Management 15. School-based Behavior Analysis UNIT 4 Vital Work Habits 16. Time Management the Behavioral Way 17. Become a Trusted Professional 18. Networking 19. Learn to Deal with Stress: The Behavioral Approach 20. Public Speaking UNIT 5 Advanced Skills 21. Creative Problem Solving 22. Insurance and Billing 23. Critical Thinking 24. Design Thinking 25. Aggressive Curiosity


    Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida State University for over 50-years, teaches ethics and professional issues graduate courses. Dr. Bailey was a founding Director of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and is past president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.

    Mary R. Burch, PhD, BCBA-D, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Dr. Burch has more than thirty years of experience in developmental disabilities. She has been a Behavior Specialist, QMRP, unit Director, and Consulting Behavior Analyst in developmental disabilities, mental health, and preschool settings.

    "The skills described in this invaluable resource book are generic, that is they are relevant for virtually all professional endeavors. Uniting practice of them with knowledge of behavior analysis would supply behavior analysts an advantage in any field they chose to enter." 

    - Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP; Vice President of Behavioral Health, Boys Town; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UNMC

    "This book provides precious direction on how to develop a robust set of professional skills. Among the recommended texts for new and practicing behavior analysts, this book stands as most important to me." 

    -Martin Myers, BCBA; President, Flatrock Advising; Editor, Flatrock Weekly.