Sharing the Craft: A BCBA Apprenticeship Story

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May 03, 2018 | 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM EST


Increased standards for supervision are needed for the betterment of the field.  However, it is a challenge for organizations to meet these standards.  Throughout the ages, experts in all trades have passed along their wisdom through apprenticeship opportunities. An apprenticeship model to mentor, educate, and train students on the science of human behavior will be discussed, including a summary of the model, typical supervision activities, and meeting schedules.


  1. Attendees will be able to identify the key responsibilities in an apprenticeship model for BCBA supervisors.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify the key responsibilities of the supervisees to gain fieldwork experience to become BCBAs.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify performance-based objectives relevant to what the supervisee will both experience and accomplish through the apprenticeship model.


I have a scheduling conflict. Can I still sign up? 
Yes! Simply register for the event as usual. Following the event, all registered email addresses will be sent an email with the video recording and accompanying CEU quiz. Watch the video recording and take the quiz included in this follow-up email to earn CEUs. The video recording may be re-watched multiple times.

I registered and it's time for the event. Now what?
In the 10-15 minutes before the event, the upper right-hand corner of this page will change from "It's Not Time to Join" to "It's Time to Join". Enter your email and the unique meeting password from the workshop receipt email you received when you signed up. The video player will open and begin streaming the event. Use the 'Live Chat' on the right of the player to chat with other participants during the presentation. Use the 'Ask the Presenter a Question' box below the player to submit a question to the presenter.

What type of continuing education is this?
DataFinch Virtual Academy is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®.) This event is classified as Type II continuing education. For more information, please visit

How do I earn my CEUs after the event? 
For live viewers, immediately upon the conclusion of the event, a yellow "Quiz" button will appear in the upper right-hand corner of your browser, linking to your individual quiz URL. Registrants who did not attend live should access their individualized quiz link in the follow-up email sent after the event. Once the quiz has been completed with a percentage correct of 80% or higher, your CEU certificate will be automatically generated. Download and save a copy of the CEU certificate to your computer, and don't forget to submit the details of your attendance in the BACB Gateway.

Will I receive a copy of the presenter's PowerPoint slides and/or other material related to the presentation?
If the presenter provided supplemental materials, there will be a green "Materials" button will be in the upper right hand corner of your browser window during the presentation. Click this button to begin a download of the materials to your computer. Registrants that did not attend live will receive a link via email to download the materials. Please note, presenters reserve the right to omit proprietary materials per their discretion.

Presenter Bio: Tim Courtney, BCBA

Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained his career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology and acquired his BCBA. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University.

When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in CrossFit and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, grandchildren and two wonderful labradoodles.

Presenter Bio: Breanne Hartley, PhD, BCBA-D

Breanne Hartley, PhD, BCBA-D is a Clinical Director at Little Star Center. She obtained certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2007 and obtained a doctorate degree in Behavior Analysis in 2009 from Western Michigan University, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities. Her areas of interest include supervision, staff training, and systems analysis. Dr. Hartley has a publication in Behavior Analysis in Practice, and serves as a coach on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Code Compliance Committee. She has spoken on topics through workshops and presentations regarding issues concerning behavior analyst practitioners, such as staff training, supervision, treatment plan development, and navigating the insurance denial and appeals process.

Breanne Hartley, PhD, BCBA-D has implemented and overseen behavior analytic interventions with children and young adults with developmental disabilities, ranging from early diagnosis through 25 years-old, since 2002 in homes, schools and center-based environments. Additionally, she has experience teaching several behavior analysis courses at Western Michigan University, such as Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis, an Autism Practicum Seminar, and a Behavior Analytic Performance Management course. Dr. Hartley has provided the supervision and training of numerous Masters level students working towards obtaining board certification in the field of Behavior Analysis. She has worked professionally in the role as a Clinical Director for almost ten years in organizations that provide Applied Behavior Analysis services to clients with a diagnosis of autism.

Location Information

This workshop will be streamed live online. Attend the workshop from the comforts of your personal computer.

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