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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Symposium #269
CE Offered: BACB — 
There is More to Supervision Than Surviving the Nine to Five
Sunday, May 26, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Toronto
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Chair: Krystyna Riley (ALULA)
CE Instructor: Krystyna Riley, M.S.

Based on the BACB®'s US Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts: 2010-2017 report published on 06/14/2018, "annual demand for individuals holding BCBA/BCBA-D certification has increased approximately 800% from 2010 to 2017." As of October 3rd, 2018, there are 30,540 individuals who hold a BCBA; in 2013, there were only 12,625 BCBA's. As a field, we have 59% of our credentialed workforce operating with 5 or fewer years of experience. ALULA has 25 years of experience uplifting business performance. We have a proven track record of helping Fortune 500 companies improve strategy execution. ALULA will present on the methodologies and tools we use to inspire and accelerate the extraordinary growth of individuals and exceptional performance of business. You will learn about how we coach leaders at all experience levels (early career to CEOs) and apply the wealth of Organizational Behavior Management techniques – all of which you can use in your daily workflow. We are offering a cohesive pragmatic technology to equip BCBAs with practical supervision methodology.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Coaching, Leadership, OBM, Supervision
Target Audience:

BCBA's who are supervisors at all experience levels (early career to CEOs).


There is More to Supervision Than Behavior Skills Training

HEATHER M. MCGEE (Western Michigan University)

In this talk, you will learn the difference between BST and supervision. BST is a content-based training model, but supervisors are responsible for more than designing and implementing training solutions. In this talk, you will learn about the supervision process, what it means to be a supervisor across each phase of the supervision process, and what key behaviors you should be engaging in within and across phases to unlock extraordinary performance.


There is More to Management Than Supervision


This talk will build upon what you learned during the first talk. You will learn about how and why management is different than supervision. The tools used to manage and the management behaviors you need to engage in differ in areas, such as: process control, planning, resources allocation, and project management. You will learn how to balance between managing and supervising. Although, good supervision can unlock extraordinary performance, good management techniques are imperative to create an environment where extraordinary performance can occur.


There is More to Business Than Management and Supervision


For our final talk, you will learn about leadership from a behavioral perspective. We will discuss how effective leadership is different from management and supervision, and will give you tools and techniques to take your leadership skills to the next level. You will learn about different types of leaders and the results they typically see, key behaviors that leaders should engage in, and the types of data managers and supervisors should produce to enable effective leadership. Lastly, you will understand how leadership, management, and supervision are interconnected and, when effective, produce extraordinary performance and exceptional value.




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