Have you ever found yourself asking, “What does a behavior analyst do?” Analyzing behavior is no new concept. Behavior analysis began over 100 years ago based on the idea that the best way to understand people is to focus on their behavior. As this concept developed over the years through research and exploration, a structured system for studying behavior emerged, becoming what we know it today as applied behavior analysis.
To perform this type of analysis and hold the title of behavior analyst individuals must hold a BCBA or BCaBA certification or submit a complete application for BCBA or BCaBA certification. Behavior-analytic services are those that are explicitly based on principles and procedures of behavior analysis and are designed to change behavior in socially important ways. Here are the ways they continuously work to service the needs of their clients.
Behavior analysts aren’t just standing idly by observing their clients. It is their responsibility to operate in the best interest of clients at all times. They are expected to advocate for the appropriate amount and level of service provision and oversight required to meet the defined behavior-change program goals.
The changed behavior they fight for must be socially significant resulting in improved conditions for the client maintaining fair and ethical procedures.
A behavior analyst doesn’t always work alone. When indicated and professionally appropriate, behavior analysts cooperate with other professionals, in a manner that is consistent with the philosophical assumptions and principles of behavior analysis, in order to effectively and appropriately serve their clients.
One of the most important roles of a behavior analyst is to educate. Before the analyst proceeds with efforts to change behavior patterns, it’s crucial to educate not only the client, but also those close to them (Family, teachers, supervisors) how to prompt and reinforce the new behaviors.
Educating others and teaching the importance of effective treatment procedures have been validated as having both long-term and short-term benefits to clients and society.
Once a treatment plan has been determined, the work isn’t done yet. Behavior analysts must review and appraise the effects of any treatments about which they are aware that might impact the goals of the behavior-change program, and their possible impact on the behavior change program, to the extent possible.
In those instances where more than one scientifically supported treatment has been established, additional factors may be considered in selecting interventions, including, but not limited to, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, risks and side-effects of the interventions, client preference, and practitioner experience and training. The analyst uses their scientific knowledge to determine the best course of action for each client.
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Each day as a behavior analyst is different, but no matter what, your analyst is always striving to do his or her best to improve lives through changed behavior.
For more information on behavioral health services, read about the methods used by our staff here at Juvo to find how our staff uses a comprehensive and personalized approach to inspire meaningful change.