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; Online; 2020

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Panel #399
CE Offered: BACB — 
Effective, Streamlined, and Low Supervisor Response Cost Mentor Programs for Companies With BACB Students
Monday, May 25, 2020
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Area: AUT/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Hana Jurgens, M.A.
Chair: Hana Jurgens (Positive Behavior Supports)
PATRICK O'LEARY (Positive Behavior Supports Corp.)
SHANNON O'LEARY (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.)
BEVERLY WATSON POLINTAN (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.)

First impressions and experiences are everything to BCBAs, and their experience starts when they sign that first contract at a fieldwork or practicum site. When BACB students look for places of both current and future employment, it begins with their practicums and independent fieldwork experience outcomes, which ultimately shape them as an analyst. The response cost (both physical and financial) on a company of taking a student in and training them is high. When those students leave for employment elsewhere once they reach that pivotal point of credentialing, the reinforcement of taking in students is diminished across the company and the supervising BCBA. So, how do we get them to stay? If students feel supported, engaged, challenged academically and practically, and that they have the opportunity to flourish during their student experiences, they are more likely to stay and begin their analytic career at the sites that they do their fieldwork hours. We seek to discuss our current mentor program, both content and structure, and to assess its ability to produce competent, critical thinking, driven, and ethical future BCBAs, and the rate at which those BCBAs ultimately remain to begin employment with our company.

Target Audience:

This event targets BCBAs who supervise or are interested in becoming supervisors.

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will learn easy and effective systems for quantifying and tracking for quality supervision. 2. Participants will learn how to reduce response cost and increase quality of their BCBA's who provide supervision to students. 3. Participants will learn how to identify immediate structural components to enhance supervisory experiences at their worksites.



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