Blog by Shauna V. Costello, MA, BCBA, ABA Tech Professional Development Specialist
Dr. Hank Schlinger has spent much of his career developing and nurturing new behavior analysts—ones who approach the science and its application critically and with skepticism. Schlinger is known for questioning those things we take for granted. For instance: What does it mean to call oneself a behavior analyst? In his newest continuing education offering, Schlinger examines this word analysis in behavior analysis. He challenges it and helps identify areas our ever-growing applied field cannot forget. So, what does it mean to analyze behavior? Dr. Schlinger responds:
Are you an applied behavior analysts too focused on techniques? What does this suggest about being board certified? Spend time challenging your own practices and link back to the true meaning of analyst.
If you enjoyed Dr. Schlinger’s presentation, consider one of his other courses on theoretical, philosophical, or conceptual topics: A Behavioral Approach to Consciousness, A Critical Look at the Concept of Reinforcement, and Hearing, Listening, and Auditory Imaging.
Schlinger, Henry. (2017). The Importance of Analysis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.