Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalĀ® (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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #193
CE Offered: BACB — 
Exploring Foundational and Advanced Repertoires to Develop in Your Supervisees: What Makes a Great Behavior Analyst?
Sunday, May 26, 2019
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Fairmont, B2, Imperial Ballroom
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Karen Chung, M.A.
Chair: Karen Chung (Special Learning, Inc. )
NOOR YOUNUS SYED (Lehigh University Autism Services; Global Autism Project)
BOBBY NEWMAN (Proud Moments)
JACOB SADAVOY (Global Autism Project)

As the number of programs offering coursework in behavior analysis continues to grow, a troubling consequence of this may be seen in the diminishing quality of supervision, as inexperienced BCBAs provide supervision to BCBA candidates. Successful behavior analysts possess the right combination clinical and intangible “soft skills” - commitment to ethics, ability to collaborate, think critically, make appropriate “in the moment” decisions, be effective in different cultural and socio-economic situations, and ability to effectively communicate with all key stakeholders, across settings. As the common supervision paradigm in the field of behavior analysis focuses on “teaching to the test,” the field may have created thousands of “by the book” BCBAs good at following rules but lacking in ability to make decisions that are contextually appropriate. In short, ability to think critically. This, combined with inability to influence parties in the service delivery process, is surely diminishing the effectiveness of the science of behavior analysis. This panel will explore basic, intermediate and advanced critical thinking skills that behavior analysts must possess to be effective service providers and supervisors. We will discuss the importance mastering to fluency critical skills, such as verbal mediation, to help increase problem solving and abstract reasoning skills.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to distinguish between 1st level, intermediate and advanced critical thinking skills. (2) Participants will learn about common attributes successful supervisors possess. (3) Participants will understand the importance of developing ethics, collaboration, interpersonal and critical thinking skills in supervision programs.



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