Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #389
CE Offered: BACB — 
Things Supervisors do that Supervisees Hate: Improving BCBA Supervision through Feedback from RBTs and BCaBAs
Sunday, May 24, 2020
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Archives
Area: TBA/VRB; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Diah Askari, M.S.
Chair: Diah Askari (Behavior Man; Mighty Heroes at Pediatric Behavior Therapies)
DERIC E. TONEY (The Dozen; University of Nevada, Reno)
KRISTEN LANCASTER (BH3, INC; Capella University)
LINA MARIA KANEDA (Florida Institute of Technology)

Quality supervision is imperative to ensure consistent improvement in the services we provide, as well as guiding the development of the next generation of behavior analysts (BCBAs). The manner in which BCBAs provide supervision, to both students and technicians, is thought to be partly molded by their own experiences with their personal supervisors. As such, supervision styles are likely to be passed down to future generations of BCBAs. Being such a critical feature in one’s development as a BCBA, supervisors should be sensitive to the various contingencies surrounding their responsibilities. While there are an increasing number of resources available for supervisors, an often overlooked source of feedback is directly from those who BCBAs supervise. The purpose of this panel discussion is to review and respond to submissions provided by students, behavior technicians, and BCaBAs regarding their experiences with supervision. Furthermore, the panelists will discuss, as a group, potential solutions and/or changes that might improve the nature of supervision by BCBAs to further encourage the quality of this essential feature of our development as professionals and scientists.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Those who provide supervision to RBTs and BCaBAs.

Learning Objectives: After this presentation, attendees will be able to: 1. Identify quality supervision practices. 2. Effectively provide feedback and/or request feedback to improve their performance in their respective role(s). 3. Use strategies based in behavioral principles to enhance their effectiveness as both a supervisor and a supervisee. 4. Assess inter-professional communication styles to note areas in which they could improve in their role of providing or receiving supervision.
Keyword(s): Ethics, Feedback, Supervision



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