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Talent Spotlight Series: Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Clinical Supervisor

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

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Today we are talking with Alle Engdahl about her career as a board certified behavior analyst.

Alle and I are more like family than friends. We grew up in the same home town and our moms are best friends. Now as adults we live in different states doing very different careers. I was so excited when Alle reached out to me about sharing her journey. Becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is not a job you hear about every day and I am so excited to get a behind the scenes look at all that Alle does on a daily basis.

Now let's learn more about Alle...

Name: Alle Engdahl

Current Position:

Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Clinical Supervisor

Years in Current Position: 1.5 years

Where Can You Connect with Alle?

Connect on LinkedIn!

What does a day in the life of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst look like?

I oversee ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapies for children with Autism. A day never repeats in my position. Every day is a new day, with a mix of doing indirect work such as updating files and report writing, and being “out in the field” assessing clients (children on the Autism Spectrum) and training staff on how to implement the client’s goals.

How did your experience in previous roles help you succeed in your current position?

Prior to this role, I was a Behavioral Therapist, as well as a Program Supervisor.

As a Behavioral Therapist I got to run our clients day to day sessions and help them progress on their goals. This direct contact helped me have hands on experience with different ABA techniques.

When I got promoted to Program Supervisor, I got mentorship and experience in making decisions and writing programs that utilize different ABA techniques, and training staff on how to use them. I also became fluent in writing progress reports that get turned into different funders for approval. While this is a tedious process, it is also critical because without it clients would not have services.

Is there any specialty training or area of expertise needed to succeed in your current role?

There are YEARS of training needed for this role. You need at least a Master’s degree, and you need to complete 1500 hours of fieldwork experience, which I completed as a program supervisor. On February 26, 2020 after 8 years in the field I sat for and passed the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam, which qualified me to be promoted to Clinical Supervisor.

How do you think your job will change in the next 5 years?

This field is evolving every day! Research is constant and new literature is being published frequently with studies on different ABA techniques. In 5 years, I imagine our clients will be able to progress even further in a shorter amount of time due to the use of more efficient strategies. That is so exciting to think about!