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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Symposium #311
CE Offered: BACB — 
Current Research and Ethical Issues in Supervision
Sunday, May 30, 2021
5:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: TBA/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Melissa L. Olive (Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC)
Discussant: Tyra Paige Sellers (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
CE Instructor: Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D.

With almost 31 states requiring licensure in behavior analysis and over 42,000 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (hereafter behavior analysts), the demands on our growing field could not be greater. Less than half of those behavior analysts have been certified 5 years or longer leaving few experienced supervisors to train the next generation of behavior analysts. Moreover, very few behavior analysts receive training in how to supervise. At best, behavior analysts complete the BACB required 8-hour training prior to providing supervision. Luckily, future behavior analysts will receive formal training as part of the new coursework requirements for the 5th Edition task list (BACB, 2017). Given the importance of and need for quality supervision, this symposium on will focus on current research, ethical issues, elements of effective supervision, and considerations when conducting remote supervision. Disclaimer: This session will not prepare you to become a supervisor but may be used in conjunction with additional training and experiences to become a supervisor.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Effective Supervision, Ethical Supervision, Ethics, Supervision
Target Audience:

Senior behavior analysts, Behavior Analysts thinking of becoming supervisors, and Supervisors

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will describe the current research in supervision practices 2. Participants will identify ethical considerations regarding supervision of independent fieldwork as well as how to incorporate ethics into supervision practices 3. Participants will describe the importance of structuring supervision sessions with measurable and targeted goals. 4. Participants will identify the importance of developing a meaningful supervision plan to support treatment fidelity 5. Participants will explain the importance of developing a scope and sequence for supervision prior to starting the supervision process 6. Participants will describe the components of BST as it relates to remote supervision 7. Participants will explain methods for assessing competency when supervising remotely
A Review of the Literature: Supervision Best Practices
NISSA VAN ETTEN (Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education)
Abstract: In 2016 Behavior Analysis in Practice published an entire issue on supervision requirements, standards, and research for the future. Since that publication, various leaders in the field have further defined and provided evidence on supervision skills of aspiring behavior analysts. This presentation will include a review of the pertinent literature on supervision as well as identify implications of the research and discuss next steps for future research.
Ethical Considerations When Supervising Independent Fieldwork
MELISSA L. OLIVE (Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC)
Abstract: This session will apply the Professional and Ethical Codes to various ethical situations that arise as a supervisor and supervisee move through the independent fieldwork process. Strategies for problem solving ethical dilemmas will be presented and finally procedures for preventing subsequent ethical missteps will be discussed.
Effective Supervision for Treatment Fidelity and Job Satisfaction
MELISSA SAUNDERS (Creative Interventions)
Abstract: The importance of having strong supervisory skills as a clinical supervisor can be easily overlooked. Supervisors are essential; not only to ensure that there is fidelity in treatment, but also to support behavior technicians so they have a solid foundation and are able to enjoy their work. Given that a sizable percentage of the behavior analyst's role is to act as a supervisor, it is essential to hone evidence-based supervision strategies that are grounded in best practice. Participants will learn the importance of structuring supervision with measurable and targeted goals as well as developing a meaningful supervision plan to support treatment fidelity. Finally, participants will explain the importance of developing a scope and sequence for supervision prior to starting the supervision process.
Utilizing Behavioral Skills Training in a Remote Supervision Model
LISA N. BRITTON (Britton Behavioral Consulting)
Abstract: Given the paucity of qualified supervisors, there is a greater need for remote supervision. The purpose of this presentation is to outline steps for using BST when providing remote supervision. The first step in this process is to develop a scope and sequence aligned to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) task list. The next step includes teaching concepts to competency and utilizing systems to ensure that trainees are able to demonstrate performance in an applied capacity. The final area of focus includes building competency in all areas that will be expected of the trainees once they become a BCBA.



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