Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Symposium #239
CE Offered: BACB — 
Supervision
Super Supervision: Ethical, Impactful, Essential
Sunday, May 24, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence A-C
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Noelle Balsamo (Florida Gulf Coast University)
CE Instructor: Noelle Balsamo, Ph.D.
Abstract:

Behavior analysts work in various roles with diverse responsibilities, each posing unique ethical quandaries. This symposium combines three presentations emphasizing issues that arise when finding and securing practicum sites for graduate students, common ethical issues that arise when supervising in the community, and how to develop ethical and effective school-based supervision programs. The first presentation will highlight challenges that university programs face when negotiating terms with a potential practicum placement. Examples of what some sites in a metropolitan area are asking for and strategies to navigate these negotiations in an ethical manner to the benefit of the placement, your students, and your university will be explored. The second presentation will examine supervision practices certified practitioners utilize when working in home-based programs and review common ethical issues resulting from inadequate supervision. Practical strategies for alleviating these issues and promoting the provision of adequate supervision will be shared. The last presentation will explore common ethical issues encountered by school-based behavior analysts providing supervision to individuals pursuing board certification and identify practical ways to address these issues without compromising their professional and ethical obligations.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Supervision
Target Audience:

This even would be targeting behavior analysts that are supervising people seeking their BCBA credential across settings.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: Better negotiate with placement sites, and maintain ethical principles Identify characteristics of adequate supervision and practice when working in home-based programs. Describe common ethical issues that arise when providing supervision in school-based settings and identify ways to alleviate these issues.
 
Securing Placement Sites
EDWARD JUSTIN PAGE (Duquesne University)
Abstract: As a new VCS, we are in the process of finding and securing practicum sites for our graduate students seeking to complete their field work hours. Finding appropriate placements that offer high quality BCBA supervision can be challenging, but the greater difficulty sometimes lies in negotiating terms between a university and potential practicum placement. How do we navigate this area ethically, maintain our required standards as set forth from the BCBA, and keep the sites & our students happy? This presentation will provide examples of what some sites in a metropolitan area are asking for, and provide strategies to navigate these negotiations in an ethical manner to the benefit of the placement, your students, and your university.
 
Ethical Consideration for Behavior Analysts Providing Supervision in School-Based Settings
JESSICA NAOMI CADETTE DUNN (The Victory Center for Autism and Related Disabilities)
Abstract: School-based behavior analysts providing supervision to individuals seeking board certification encounter unique challenges that must be carefully navigated to avoid potential ethical pitfalls. School-based behavior analysts may encounter issues related to managing a reasonable supervision workload, designing effective and ethical supervision activities, ensuring supervisees get a range of supervision experiences, delegating supervisee responsibilities appropriately, and providing effective, ongoing feedback and opportunities for evaluation. This presentation will describe common ethical issues encountered by school-based behavior analysts providing supervision to individuals pursuing board certification at a small private school for students with autism and related disabilities, many of which can be generalized to those working in public and charter schools. This presentation will also identify practical ways school-based behavior analysts can address these issues without compromising their professional and ethical obligations.
 
Increase Adequate Supervision to Decrease Ethical Violations
ELISA M. CRUZ-TORRES (Florida Atlantic University)
Abstract: According to the BACB, between 2016 and 2017, one of the most frequently violated Ethical Compliance Codes is that of “improper or inadequate supervision or delegation.” Specifically, this category reflects ethical deviations to Compliance Codes 5.0 (Behavior Analysts as Supervisors) and 10.05 (Compliance with BACB Supervision and Coursework Standards). When working in homes, supervisors must prepare precertification candidates how to prevent, identify, and report situations that may be potentially compromising. This presentation will review commonly reported ethical deviations that occur when working in homes and provide practical strategies for alleviating these issues while promoting the provision of adequate supervision.
 

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