The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium: Preparing Behavior Analysts Using a Collaborative Model
Chezan, L.C.; Layden, S.J.; Barnhill, G.P.; Barthold, C.H.
Behavior Analysis in Practice 11(3): 214-227
ISSN/ISBN: 1998-1929 PMID: 30363823 DOI: 10.1007/s40617-017-0195-7
The development and the evolution of the Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium, a collaborative project between four institutions of higher education in the state of Virginia, are described. The main goal of the program is to address the shortage of certified behavior analysts by preparing special education teachers and autism specialists to implement effective behavior-analytic interventions in natural environments. In this article, we briefly discuss the history and the purpose of the program, its components, the evolution of the program, the advantages and outcomes of a collaborative model, and future directions for improvement.