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Advantages of an Online Behavioral Practicum

Brought to you by Dr. Robyn M. Catagnus Adjunct Instructor at Saint Joseph’s University

Dr. Robyn M. CatagnusBoard Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts ® (BCaBAs) have exciting, high-demand, and fulfilling careers with competitive incomes. Choosing a university program with effective training and meaningful work experiences will help you excel in the field. Saint Joseph’s University now offers an ethical and effective online program as a path to certification. Experience both a rigorous academic course sequence and an intensive university practicum as you accrue and document hours working in the field of behavior analysis.

It can be very difficult for students to find qualified and effective supervisors to document field hours required to apply for the board certification exam. The SJU program is a smart and convenient way to receive supervision from anywhere in the world, online, conveniently, and ethically. Our faculty members are selected specifically for their knowledge in ABA. However, they are caring, relatable, and reliable, too.

SJU practicum courses include a range of interesting activities such as group collaboration, individual coaching, frequent observations of your work, personalized feedback, and customized learning activities. The program is a framework for performing key behavior analytic skills and providing individualized performance feedback. You will learn to problem solve, make programmatic decisions, improve your performance, and enhance your professionalism. Your practicum activities will be guided by a course curriculum, yet vary based on your individual needs and the work you are doing.

You will receive personalized mentorship as a faculty member observes you engaging in behavior analytic activities at work every week during the program. Your supervisor regularly reviews your work – just as if they were visiting the workplace and observing you. These observations are conducted via webcams, video, videoconference, or similar means rather than the supervisor being physically present. It is incredibly convenient and we can supervise you from anywhere in the world. You only need a computer, Internet access, a webcam, or a way to video¬tape your work. We support you each step of the process.

Our online courses also offer a group supervision format with an engaging and supportive cohort of peers with whom to discuss your interests, ideas, and issues. Supervision becomes an experience that is enjoyable, interactive, and very personal. Good supervision improves professional skills, enhances ethical problem solving, and develops behavior analytic skills. Our well-designed practicum program feels personal, similar to discussing your work with a knowledgeable and trusted colleague.

A university intensive practicum is a powerful way to improve your skills. A BCaBA candidate can finish the practicum courses in less than a year, yet have very frequent and meaningful contact with a supervisor throughout the semesters. Let us help you decide if the program is right for you.

Learn more about the online Autism Studies Program and how it can help you gain the knowledge needed to become a leader. Call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an Admissions Representative, or you can request more information, and we’ll reach out to you.