Advanced Consulting Practicum


Advanced Consulting Practicum

This is a great opportunity.

You should take it. It’s unlike other courses you’ve taken as there is no lecture material. Why not? Because it’s for students who already have a high level of knowledge and are looking for help with those particularly tough cases. Join us for an in-depth, long-term master course in behavior consulting – this is what you’ve been looking for!

The Advanced Consulting Practicum might be for you if you:

  • Can commit to showing up – and engaging in discussions – weekly for one hour a week for six months
  • Are committed to personal and professional growth
  • Are committed to applying science and critical thinking to your work
  • Are currently working with clients (or shelter/rescue dogs)
  • Are at an intermediate to advanced education and experience level
  • Want a deep-dive extended learning opportunity directed specifically at the cases you are working
  • Want to increase your confidence, improve outcomes and be excellent in general!
  • Are compassionate, kind, accepting, welcoming, respectful, open, and community-oriented (with non-humans and humans)
  • Are committed to positive reinforcement

The Advanced Consulting Practicum is an opportunity to get personal case consulting from Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB and from the other students in the course. What you get with this experience:

  • Six months of weekly coaching calls with Dr. Spaulding and a small number of other students (the practicum is limited to 5 or fewer students)
  • You will have the opportunity to share details of cases you are currently working on and get ongoing feedback from Dr. Spaulding as well as the other students in the course.
  • Form lasting relationships and become part of a close community with other trainers and behavior consultants that share your level of education and interest in the science of behavior
  • Three 30-minute one-on-one sessions with Dr. Spaulding – at the beginning, middle, and end of the course


Application process

Due to the format and small size of this course, new students must apply to be accepted to the course. You do not need to pay unless you are accepted to the program.

Applicants must have existing knowledge of and experience in applied animal behavior using science-based, force-free, and humane techniques. They must also have consistent access to cases as the primary focus of this practicum is discussing active cases. The best-fit students will also meet the list of qualities outlined at the top of the page (under The Advanced Consulting Practicum might be for you if…)

Applicants will be asked to submit an updated resume as well as a cover letter explaining why they are a good candidate for the program and what they hope to gain from the experience. This is not a course designed for beginner behavior consultantsIdeal candidates will have a strong foundation in science as well hands-on experience. This can include academic training, but could also be education through books, seminars, or online courses (including Science Matters courses). Not sure if this is the right course for you? Contact us.

Applications for the January 2024 cohort are now open! Applications will be accepted until the course is full. Click the button below to apply or send a resume and cover letter to sciencerocks@sciencemattersllc.com

Course details


The next practicum will start Thursday, January 4th at 3 pm ET, 2024. We meet on Thursdays at 3 pm ET (Time zone converter)

Meets once a week for an hour for six months (there will be some days off due to holidays, etc.)

Applications for January of 2024 are now open! Applications will be accepted until the course is full.

Click the button below to apply or send a resume and cover letter to sciencerocks@sciencemattersllc.com


$1620; payment plans available, 6 payments of $270


21 behavior consultant CEUs from CCPDT.

IAABC CEUs are pending.