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

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: BACB
Training Supervisors as Researchers: The Scientist-Practitioner Model Meets Organizational Behavior Management
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jill Harper, Ph.D.
JILL HARPER (Melmark New England), HELENA L. MAGUIRE (Melmark New England), SILVA ORCHANIAN (Melmark New England)
Description: Organization Behavior Management (OBM) involves the systematic application of the science of behavior at the organizational level, including individual behavior within the organizational structure (Sundberg, 2016). Supervision is an essential component to the maintenance of the integrity with which organizational systems are implemented. Supervising the implementation of any given system by others is not synonymous with one’s own implementation of that same system. In other words, doing is not the same as overseeing. Thus, effective supervision requires specific training in the component skills of supervision itself. This workshop will outline a supervisory training system developed to ensure effective, efficient, and acceptable training and ongoing supervision of staff within a human service organization. A description of the general structure and content areas of this training system will be reviewed and examples will be provided. Specific component skills such as conducing integrity checks and providing feedback will be described in detail to highlight training methods incorporated into the supervisory training system that result in the targeted outcome measures. Advanced training material such case conceptualization (Wilder, Austin, and Casella, 2009) and single-subject research design will be demonstrated with selected exemplars of performance management competencies of supervisors who completed this supervisory training series over the past several years.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will identify components of effective training systems necessary for supervisory staff. 2. Participants will provide examples of areas where performance monitoring tools and systems should be developed. 3. Participants will explain how to integrate case conceptualization and research methodology into supervisory training practices.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of didactic lecture, guided practice, group discussion. Core content will be delivered through dynamic lecture and group activities. Guided practice will provide participants with multiple modalities of learning.
Audience: Material presented during this workshop is would be appropriate for advanced masters students and those training in ABA and OBM programs, professionals within the field of ABA/OBM, middle management, as well as school leadership.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): OBM, Supervision, Training



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