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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W30
CE Offered: BACB — 
Missing Pieces: Creating Successful Practitioners Through Comprehensive Supervision Practices
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: TBA/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Calandra E. Plattner, M.S.
CALANDRA E. PLATTNER (Endicott College), SHANE T. SPIKER (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.)
Description: Given the exponential growth within the field of behavior analysis, the need for improved training curriculum for early career BCBAs is critical. Graduate training programs establish baseline conceptual and scientific skills but often do not offer an opportunity for individuals to learn a sufficient level of professional skills outside of technical abilities. Many early-career BCBAs are working within the service delivery model, which requires they frequently and effectively interact with clients, families, and staff. Establishing a sufficient professional skill set that allows a practitioner to successfully supervise, collaborate, facilitate meetings, handle challenging conversations with parents and staff, and maintain sufficient work-life balance often take years to ascertain. This workshop will discuss these critical professional skills including how to self-assess current abilities, operationally define the behaviors that make up each skill and offer opportunities to practice. The purpose of the workshop is to provide instruction on the most essential skills that a practicing BCBA needs to be a strong clinician, collaborator, supervisor, and leader.
Learning Objectives: 1. Provide an operational definition for 8 critical professional skills. 2. Understand the importance of these professional skills and how they can improve quality of service delivery to clients. 3. Explain the potential contingencies maintaining as well as the barriers for practicing professional skills. 4. Identify how to critically evaluation your own professional skill set through ongoing self-assessment.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a variety of components including lecture with supporting materials (i.e., task analyses, self-assessments, videos), role-play opportunities and small and whole group discussions.
Audience: The intended audience includes students as well as early and middle career BCBAs.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): "Professionalism", "Staff Development", "Supervision", "Training"



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