Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W31
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Making it Work: Ethical Considerations and Solutions for Behavior Analytic Supervision of Individuals Seeking Certification
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Studio DE, Niveau 2
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Yakos, M.A.
JENNIFER YAKOS (Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT)), CECILIA KNIGHT (Institute for Behavioral Training)
Description: As more individuals enter the field of Behavior Analysis, defining parameters for appropriate supervision to those seeking BCBA, BCaBA and RBT certification is an important topic of discussion. Specifically, our ethical codes, which define our responsibilities to our supervisees, as well as the public they serve, give rise to certain considerations that must be addressed regarding appropriate and ethical supervisory practices. Supervising a paid employee, providing remote on-line supervision to a student, or contracting with an international student who is not your employee are several examples of situations faced by BCBA supervisors which often present practical and ethical challenges. Furthermore, as BCBAs start to assess and then mentor RBTs, there are many unexplored areas of concern that a BCBA must consider; how many RBTs should a practitioner supervise while maintaining other responsibilities, how can a BCBA remotely assess RBT candidates with confidence, and what should a BCBA do when the RBTs performance in the workplace is subpar? This presentation will review ethical concerns that may arise in various supervisory situations as well as present solutions for BCBAs who are trying to provide ethical and appropriate supervision to those pursuing certification as BCBAs and BCaBAs, as well as those currently certified as an RBT.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify several ethical issues which commonly arise within supervision of BCBA/BCaBA candidates and RBTs, including confidentiality, dual relationships and conflict of interest, scope of expertise and ensuring quality of service; (2) identify and discuss solutions to address common ethical dilemmas faced by BCBAs offering supervision to those seeking to gain and/or maintain certification; (3) identify specific factors that should be considered and addressed when deciding to commence supervision of a candidate; (4) identify and review components of effective behavior analytic supervision according to BACB guidelines.
Activities: The workshop format will combine lecture, large group discussion, and small group breakout activities.
Audience: This workshop would be appropriate for BCBAs providing behavior analytic supervision to students, educators, or other professionals seeking certification as a BCBA or BCaBA, as well as to individuals certified as RBTs. It would also be appropriate for those involved in the organization and arrangement of BCBA supervision for individuals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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