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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB — 
CANCELLED: Supervision & Mentorship: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?
Friday, May 26, 2023
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3B
Area: OBM/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Tiffany Mrla, Ph.D.
Tiffany Mrla (Learning & Behavior Consulting, LLC)
Description: Participants will actively analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the results of a comprehensive literature review of supervision and mentorship practices from the field of behavior analysis, as well as practices from other human services fields, in addition to data obtained through a mixed-methods study further investigating practices, as compared to research, with a focus on gaps in implementation. The recurring themes, and key components, will be explored by participants in individual, small group, and large group activities as part of a guided behavioral systems analysis of training and development models for practitioners of behavior analysis. Activities will be guided by facilitators to ensure participants actively analyze the results of the literature review, synthesize this with the results from qualitative and quantitative data presented, to further evaluate the additional resources developed for discussion. Discussion will inform the presentation as participants begin the process of developing sustainable models to bring to their current practice. A focus on evaluating processes, to guide future discussions as our field continues to evolve at a rapid pace, will be maintained. Resources and tools for analysis will be provided electronically; participants will need to bring a device to access the materials during the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) Identify key components of effective supervision and mentorship models. 2) Evaluate practice, as compared to the research, and synthesize the data to develop models with efficacy. 3) Conduct a behavioral systems analysis to facilitate a change initiative within their organization and our field of practice.
Activities: The workshop will incorporate a variety of activities to support all learners. Experiential learning opportunities will occur in individual, small group, and large group activities and discussion following brief periods of lecture by facilitators. The facilitators will provide guiding questions, at times developed by the group, to support learners of all levels prior to small or large group activities. Participants will have opportunity, through guided practice, to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate current practices, based on their learning history, that of group members, as well as what is derived from the research. The work will be used to inform the development of practices within their organizations to be assist in leading systems change initiatives across the field.
Audience: The target audience is practitioners and/or directors at service organizations who assist with staff development initiatives, or those who provide supervision to direct care staff, students of behavior analysis, or new behavior analysts. These may include clinical directors, supervisors, and similar positions and titles. Participants should each have a minimum of three years experience to best incorporate information from the workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): effective mentorship, staff development, supervision models, systems analysis



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