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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #194
PDS: How to Become Your Best Supervisor: Advice From the Experts
Sunday, May 26, 2019
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Fairmont, Second Level, International Ballroom
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Alyssa R. Jewett (1989)
LINDA A. LEBLANC (LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting LLC)
TYRA PAIGE SELLERS (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
LAURA B. TURNER (University of Saint Joseph)

The field of behavior analysis is growing at an exponential rate as seen with the recent increase to all certification levels (Deochand & Fuqua, 2016). The likelihood that young Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) will serve as someone’s supervisor is high, yet historically, there has not been explicit requirements for teaching a supervisory skill set to behavior analysts in training. Several fieldwide changes have recently been enacted, including the addition of a new course to Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Behavior Analysis verified course sequences (VCS) for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), and additional task list items on the BACB 5th edition task list; both directly address supervision, training, and management of personnel. Yet, gaps on how to effectively train supervisors may remain. This panel will focus on informing individuals pursuing training in the field, or newly minted BCBAs and BCaBAs on supervision best practices. Experts from the field will share their research, professional experiences, and tips on how to be an effective supervisor.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): BCBA, Supervision, Training



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