Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W52
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Behavior Analytic Supervision at Work: What Every Behavior Analyst Needs to Know About Delivering Effective Supervision
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Zurich C, Swissotel
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D.
ALYSSA N. WILSON (Saint Louis University), HEATHER LYNN LEWIS (Saint Louis University)
Description: The code for responsible conduct for behavior analysts clearly states the importance of effective supervision and supervisory activities. Behavior analytic research on supervision has identified the effectiveness of using behavioral applications (e.g., behavioral skills training) to teach competent trainees. Supervisors may need additional assistance with identifying evidence-based practices when it comes to implementing effective and competency-based supervision, particularly when supervising large groups of trainees. Therefore, the current experiential workshop seeks to assist supervisors who work with multiple trainees in a given period of time and collaborate with outside corporations, including universities, in order to provide attendees an opportunity to refine their supervision skill sets. The workshop will highlight 5 domains of the supervision process: (1) supervisor-trainee relationship during and after supervisory period; (2) delivering competency-based supervision; (3) successful tips for managing independent and group supervision; (4) organization strategies (e.g., evaluation rubrics, mapping clinical projects, goal setting, etc.); and (5) shaping professional behavior. Attendees will be provided supplemental materials during the workshop, to practice the skills presented. The workshop will use in-vivo training paired with problem-based learning paradigms to assist attendee’s with acquiring skills discussed during the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) list important features and elements of supervision; (2) determine best-practices for supervision; (3) list aspects of appropriate supervisor-trainee relationship throughout various phases of supervision; (4) demonstrate competency-based supervision skills; (5) demonstrate skills for conducting individual and group supervision; (6) design and implement organization strategies; (7) demonstrate skills to shape professional behaviors.
Activities: The workshop will use lecture, discussion, video observation, in-vivo modeling, rehearsal, and feedback to assist trainees with achieving the learning objectives. Problem-based learning (e.g., small groups work through a supervision issue/problem) will be used to assist attendees with putting the discussed skills into practice. In-vivo and video demonstrations of strategies will be conducted with group discussions and role-play to ensure skill acquisition. Supplemental materials will be provided to support attendee learning during the workshop. Attendees will also be able to use the supplemental materials after the workshop, as an example/guide for the supervision process.
Audience: The nature of the workshop is geared towards behavior analysts who have had minimal supervision experience. The content of the workshop will be focused on more intermediate and advanced topics often faced by supervisors, and attendees with little to no (or basic) knowledge and/or experience with supervision might find themselves lost or unable to connect with content and other attendees.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): education, evidence-based training, service delivery, supervision



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