Association for Behavior Analysis International

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15th Annual Autism Conference; Online; 2021

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: BACB — 
Strategies for Effective Supervision
Sunday, February 28, 2021
9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Tyra Sellers, Ph.D.
TYRA SELLERS (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Dr. Tyra Sellers works in the Legal Department at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board; she received her Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2011 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities, spanning from EIBI through adult services in a wide variety of settings (public and non-public schools, vocational settings, in-home, clinics). Her research interests include ethics, effective supervision, behavior variability, choice, functional analyses, and behavioral interventions. She serves as AE for several journals. Also, just to see if you are listening, her favorites color are, not surprisingly, black, light black, and dark black.
Description: The growing number of individuals working to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®) may be placing a strain on supervisory resources. The increasing number of certified individuals also means that many BCBAs are likely new to the role of supervisor. Many behavior analysts receive little, if any, direct instruction on how to be an effective supervisor. Whether supervisors are aware of it or not, their supervisory practices will directly impact the future behavior of their trainees who will go on to serve in a supervisory role in the near or distant future. This workshop will focus on strategies for developing critical skills needed to not only provide high-quality supervision, but also to place supervisees on a path to become high-quality supervisors in the future. In this workshop we will work to develop an understanding of the critical features and components of providing high quality supervision. We will cover: the need to engage in self-reflection and evaluation and to develop cultural humility, strategies for establishing a strong foundation for supervision in the first few meetings, consideration for taking a competency-based approach to supervisory activities, and why it is important to address complex, but often overlooked, skills such as problem solving, time management, organization, and interpersonal communication.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe two examples of how to create a committed supervisory relationship; (2) state two ways to develop cultural humility and self-reflection; (3) describe the steps in a structured problem-solving approach and apply it to scenarios; (4) describe two strategies for successfully engaging in difficult conversations.
Activities: This workshop will be delivered via didactic lecture with examples, interactive activities, discussion, and roleplay (if time permits).
Audience: Board certified behavior analysts; graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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