By: Krystal Draveling

Coming into this trip I really did not have any expectations. I knew I was excited to work with kids, gain experience in the field of ABA, and to have the opportunity to travel. I had completed one year of my coursework, with one year to go before studying to sit for the BCBA exam. This trip ended up being my very first batch of supervision hours. I had requested supervision when I applied for Global Autism Project, thinking I would already have started accumulating hours. Let’s just say supervision was not at the top of my priority list in the past nine months. The supervision contract was offered to me on the last day of orientation in Brooklyn, NY. Jacob started asking me questions, but unfortunately I did not have a clue what he was talking about. I was given four assignments to complete during my time in the Czech Republic. Initially I did not understand the assignments and started to become nervous as to whether or not I would be able to complete my assignments and accrue unrestricted hours. Shelbie, the leader-in-training, during my trip was ready to take me on as her supervisee. She was able to explain the assignment to me and explain the supervision process on the BACB website. My next bit of worry was thinking about when I would have time to complete these activities. Our time at ABA Centrum was spent out in the park as part of summer camp or observing sessions. As I am writing this at the end of the first week here, I have attended two days of summer camp and two days staying at the center to get work done. This was a relief to me. 

The best part about unrestricted hours during my time at ABA Centrum was participating in conversations with Shelbie, my team, and Katerina (future BCBA in Czech Republic). I did not always have something to say when conversations were taking place, but I was listening with the intent to take in as much information as I could. I am thankful for the opportunity to be surrounded by so many BCBAs, who are working in different environments, and have different experiences. Each and every one of the team members have shared valuable information with me whether it is about supervision hours, life as a BCBA, or the BCBA exam. I hope to remember this information as I move forward in my career and in life.

Coming into this trip I really did not have any expectations. I knew I was excited to work with kids, gain experience in the field of ABA, and to have the opportunity to travel. I had completed one year of my coursework, with one year to go before studying to sit for the BCBA exam. This trip ended up being my very first batch of supervision hours. I had requested supervision when I applied for Global Autism Project, thinking I would already have started accumulating hours. Let’s just say supervision was not at the top of my priority list in the past nine months. The supervision contract was offered to me on the last day of orientation in Brooklyn, NY. Jacob started asking me questions, but unfortunately I did not have a clue what he was talking about. I was given four assignments to complete during my time in the Czech Republic. Initially I did not understand the assignments and started to become nervous as to whether or not I would be able to complete my assignments and accrue unrestricted hours. Shelbie, the leader-in-training, during my trip was ready to take me on as her supervisee. She was able to explain the assignment to me and explain the supervision process on the BACB website. My next bit of worry was thinking about when I would have time to complete these activities. Our time at ABA Centrum was spent out in the park as part of summer camp or observing sessions. As I am writing this at the end of the first week here, I have attended two days of summer camp and two days staying at the center to get work done. This was a relief to me. 

The best part about unrestricted hours during my time at ABA Centrum was participating in conversations with Shelbie, my team, and Katerina (future BCBA in Czech Republic). I did not always have something to say when conversations were taking place, but I was listening with the intent to take in as much information as I could. I am thankful for the opportunity to be surrounded by so many BCBAs, who are working in different environments, and have different experiences. Each and every one of the team members have shared valuable information with me whether it is about supervision hours, life as a BCBA, or the BCBA exam. I hope to remember this information as I move forward in my career and in life.