Practicum Training

Spalding University partners with local organizations to provide a diverse training opportunity for students in the Applied Behavior Analysis program.  Practical training occurs in schools, intensive care facilities, hospitals, and homes.  Students will have the opportunity to work with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 5-70+ years in age.  To best prepare students for a variety of professional positions, practical training focuses on working individually with clients and training others, such as parents and staff, to implement behavior acquisition and reduction protocols.  Students receive individual and group supervision each week from Board Certified Behavior Analysts.  Clinical score sheets are used during independent supervision to objectively score students’ performance.   Group supervision focuses on data presentations, analysis, and discussions to help strengthen professional behaviors.  The goal of the practical training at Spalding University is to provide training, feedback, and encouragement to students to ensure progression towards the goal of becoming scientist-practitioners.