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First Week as a BCBA

Episode 083: First Week as a BCBA

Becoming an official BCBA is a huge accomplishment, but getting your certification is just the beginning of the journey where there’s so much more to learn. We dive into CEUs and how to make a plan to track them. We also discuss understanding your strengths, being open to new experiences, goal setting, and how to stay grounded when working with parents and other professionals.

bcba collaboration tips

Episode 082: BCBA Collaboration Tips

As BCBAs, collaboration is a very critical part of our job. However, a lot of us have trouble collaborating effectively. We discuss how we can collaborate with other professionals and incorporate them into some of our programming. Tips include fostering open communication, being open to new ideas, and sharing training sessions.

Episode 081: Preparing for Supervision as a BCBA

We define supervision and walk through the various responsibilities and tasks a BCBA is expected to take on. We discuss how to collect and analyze data, how to share it with your supervisees, the importance of looking at things from a big picture perspective, and how to model and make suggestions.

BCBA Work Life Balance

Episode 080: BCBA Work-Life Balance

There is a lot of staff turnover in our field. It’s important to take care of ourselves to avoid burnout but figuring out how to manage a work-life balance can seem like a mystery. Here, we discuss the importance of prioritizing your own unique needs, setting healthy boundaries, and why you should make time to fill up your tank and recharge.

Episode 079: From Parent to BCBA with Flor De Amelia (Lizette) Hoffman

Flor De Amelia (Lizette) Hoffman is a mom of two and a BCBA and we met at ABAI. She was inspired to get into the field because of her daughter who suffers from seizures and was diagnosed with autism at 18 months. We discuss how depression, anger, and denial affect parents on this journey, what’s next on Lizette’s career journey, and advice for practitioners working with parents and families.

A Look Back at 2022 with Shira and Shayna

Episode 078: A Look Back at How to ABA in 2022 with Shira Karpel and Shayna Gaunt

We’re taking some time to look back on 2022, and what a year it has been! Throughout 2022, we hosted many great speakers, covered several key topics, and hosted and spoke and industry conferences. In our lookback, we share some personal growth stories and accomplishments as well. We’re looking forward to 2023 and would love to hear feedback from our listeners on what you’d like to see.

Why is the Premack Principle Important?

The Premack Principle is one of the first things that I look for in a student. So we’re going to talk about why it’s so important. For example, if money is reinforcing, we are more likely to do our jobs if we get paid. It’s the same for the kids that we work with. We refer to this as the first/then contingency, which is another term for Premack Principle.

ABA Through the Lens of Psychology with Shobhna Srivastava

Episode 077: ABA Through the Lens of Psychology with Shobhna Srivastava

Shobhna Srivastava is a BCBA with a background in clinical psychology and mental health and here, she shares her unique perspectives and experience. We talk about the caregiver’s burden and why it’s important to address it with families, and the differing needs between older and younger children. Shobhna also shares tips on how to build rapport, suggestions for improvement in the field of ABA, and her favorite go-to resources.

Negative Reinforcement vs Punishment

Negative reinforcement vs punishment can be confusing terms in ABA. Do you know the difference? These are some of those terms that people mix up all the time. But today, we’re going to talk a little bit more about what those terms really mean and how they should be used.