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 #448
CE Offered: BACB — 
Easier Said Than Done: Practical Supervision Across Settings
Monday, May 27, 2019
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Fairmont, Second Level, International Ballroom
Area: TBA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Cameron Mittelman, M.A.
Chair: Cameron Mittelman (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
LISA DAVIES (By Your Side)
LAUREN J LESTREMAU (Ivymount School)

The quality of the supervision experience for future behavior analysts is assumed to be a factor predictive of the quality of their practice (Turner, Fischer, & Luiselli, 2016). Although the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has taken steps to increase the likelihood of effective supervision by mandating completion of an 8-hour supervision training (BACB, 2012), increasing the time period before new behavior analysts may supervise others (BACB, 2017), and adding supervision to the BACB task list (BACB, 2017), there are still variations and disparities as to the frequency, quality, and manner in which supervision is provided. One major reason for such variations is likely the settings in which supervision takes place, with different environments offering different benefits and supervision opportunities, as well as different challenges and considerations (Carr & Nosik, 2017). In this panel, the speakers will describe their experiences providing BACB supervision in three common settings: a private day school, a clinic, and in the home. Speakers will discuss how they have adjusted their supervision practices to best suit their environment and will provide practical recommendations and considerations for new supervisors or those who will begin supervising in the future.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This panel is geared toward early career BCBAs who (a) provide supervision currently (to behavior analytic supervisees), (b) will provide supervision in the future, and (c) supervise individuals who supervise others, particularly others who are early BCBAs.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe practices for implementing the new BACB supervision standards across training settings, (2) compare and contrast considerations for supervision aligned to different settings, (3) identify training methods for development of supervision skills aligned to setting, and (4) state strategies to address challenges unique to individual training settings.
Keyword(s): BACB Supervision, Clinical Training, Effective Supervision, Supervision Practices



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