1st Edition

People Skills for Behavior Analysts

    250 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    People Skills for Behavior Analysts provides a much-needed introduction to the people skills needed to succeed as a behavior analyst.

    Divided into two primary parts – Foundational Skills and Specialized Skills – this book addresses an impressive breadth of people skills, focusing on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, collaboration, consultation and training, leadership, and resource development. Relying on recent evidence-based practices and relevant literature tailored to meet the new BACB Task List, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code, and Supervised Independent Fieldwork requirements, the text includes contributions from leading figures from a wide variety of applied behavior analysis subfields to provide a truly balanced overview. The book delves into the literature from fields related to behavior analysis, such as counselling, psychology, graphic design, management and education, and applies these perspectives to behavioral theories and principles to provide students, new graduates, and seasoned professionals with research, best practices, reflective questions, and practical techniques. From reflecting on one’s practice, to learning essential therapeutic skills, running a great meeting, becoming a ‘super’ supervisor, and delivering a memorable presentation, all people skills are included in one place for the behavior practitioner.

    This is a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and will also appeal to recent graduates and behavior analysts looking to improve their existing skillset.

    Part I: Foundational Skills
    Chapter 1: Intrapersonal Skills
    1.1 The Importance of Intrapersonal Skills for Behavior Analysts
    Carly Magnacca, Kendra Thomson, Linda Moroz
    1.2 The Discerning ABA Practitioner
    Emily Burns
    1.3 Self-Care for Behavior Analysts: A guide to eating fewer doughnuts and taking more naps
    Albert Malkin, Karl F. Gunnarsson, Kristina Axenova
    Chapter 2: Interpersonal Skills
    2.1 20 Key Behaviors for Rapport Building
    Ana Luisa Santo, Kimberley Taylor, Danielle Flood
    2.2 Cultural Competence in Communication
    Tasmina Hayat Khan
    2.3 A Critical Look at Autism
    Christopher Peters
    2.4 Accepting Feedback Makes the World Go ‘Round: From Student to Practitioner
    Don Togade, Marina Jiujias
    2.5 How to Teach Rapport Building Skills to Behavior Analysts
    Ana Luisa Santo, Kimberley Taylor
    Chapter 3: Collaboration
    3.1 No More “Train And Train More”: A Functional, Contextual Approach to Collaboration with Families
    Cressida Pacia, Ciara Gunning, Aoife McTiernan, Jennifer Holloway
    3.2 Playing Nicely in the Interdisciplinary Sandbox: A How to Guide on Effective Collaboration with Various Professionals
    Taylor Slobozian
    3.3 Whose the King of the Castle? Collaborating with Educators and Schools as a Behavior Analyst
    Karen Manuel, Brittany Davy
    3.4 Overcoming the Aversive: Handling Difficult Conversations with Professionalism and Compassion
    Brianna M. Anderson, Dana Kalil
    3.5 Running Efficient and Effective Meetings with Collaboration and Compassion
    Olivia Ng, Kerry-Anne Robinson
    Part 2: Specialized Skills
    Chapter 4: Consultation & Training
    4.1 Don’t Blame the Mediator: Keeping Applied Behavior Analysis Doable for Best Possible Outcomes
    Kendra Thomson, Reghann Munno, Louis Busch, Maurice Feldman
    4.2 Beyond the PowerPoint: Becoming an Engaging Presenter
    Carmen Hall
    4.3 Behavior Analyst as Changemaker: Science, Advocacy and Activism in Practice
    Louis P. A. Busch, Jaime Santana, Mark A. Mattaini
    4.4 Using Movement Education, Motor Learning, and Phenomenology to Inform Teaching Strategies in Other Professional Contexts
    Maureen Connolly, Elyse Lappano
    Chapter 5: Leadership
    5.1 It’s Not You, It’s Us: Fostering a Behavior Analytical Supervisor/Supervisee Relationship
    Celine Bourbonnais-MacDonald, Alexandra White
    5.2 People Skills for Behavior Analysis: Putting the Super in Your Supervisory Relationships
    Kelly Alves
    5.3 Giving Performance Feedback that Makes a Difference
    Michael G. Palmer
    5.4 Interviewing Strategies: Integrating Practices from Industrial/Organizational Psychology into Behavior Analysis for Successful Hiring
    Michael G. Palmer
    Chapter 6: Innovative, Creative Ways to use ABA
    6.1 Making Applied Behavior Analysis Accessible to Consumers
    Nicole Neil, Anastasia Klimova
    6.2 Telehealth to Implement Applied Behavior Analysis
    Natalie Paquet Croteau, Erica Franco
    6.3 You’re on mute! People skills behind the screens and behind the scenes
    Anders Lunde, Kimberly Maich
    6.4 Making a Document People will Actually Read
    Carmen Hall
    6.5 A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behavior Analysis
    Brianna M. Anderson, Dana Kalil
    6.6 Behavior analysts' skills for co-developing virtual reality game-based technologies as applied behavior analysis programs for autistic adults
    Javier Alejandro Rojas


    Carmen Hall, PhD, BCBA-D is an assistant professor in the Master of Professional Education, ABA Program at Western University, a professor in the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate at Fanshawe College, and co-owner and Clinical Director of Looking Ahead Clinical Services, delivering ABA services to children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and autism in Ontario, Canada.

    Kimberly Maich, PhD (Cognition & Learning), OCT, BCBA-D, C Psych is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and an assistant professor (standing appointment) in the Master of Professional Education (ABA) at Western University. She is a certified teacher, board-certified behaviour analyst (doctoral), clinical, school, and registered psychologist, owner of Exceptionally Yours Psychological Services, and co-owner and director of Insight Therapy and Assessment Services, Inc.

    Brianna M. Anderson, MPEd, BCBA is a PhD student in the Child and Youth Studies program at Brock University. She is also an instructor in the Master of Professional Education (ABA) Program at Western University and professor in the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate at Fanshawe College, Canada. As a SSHRC-funded researcher, Brianna is currently evaluating behaviour-based interventions for addressing obsessive compulsive behaviours in children with developmental disabilities.