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

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Symposium #156
CE Offered: BACB — 
Engaging in Ethical and Effective Supervision Practices
Sunday, May 28, 2023
9:00 AM–10:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall A-C
Area: OBM/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Melissa L. Olive (Self-Employed)
Discussant: Melissa Saunders (Creative Interventions)
CE Instructor: Melissa Saunders, Ph.D.

With 36 states requiring licensure in behavior analysis and over 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 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 ethical issues in supervision, completing 360 evaluations as part of supervision, elements of effective supervision, and effective tiered supervision in large organizations. 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): Ethical Supervision, Supervision, Supervision Evaluation
Target Audience:

This session is for BCBAs who supervise RBTs, Trainees, and other BCBAs. Supervision at all levels will be covered.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Participants will identify ethical considerations regarding supervision of independent fieldwork and they will be able to identify the problem-solving process for resolving ethical dilemmas. 2. Participants will identify how to set up and track 360 feedback evaluation data 3. Participants will describe the importance of structuring supervision sessions with an agenda and measurable and targeted goals. 4. Participants will describe how to complete clinical audits as one measure of supervision effectiveness
Ethical Considerations When Supervising
MELISSA L. OLIVE (Self-Employed)
Abstract: This session will apply the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts 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.
Conducting Effective 360 Evaluations as a Component of Supervision
PAMELA M. MARTIEN-KOCH (Clear Creek Behavior Services, LLC)
Abstract: The BACB Supervision Curriculum 2.0 states that several types of supervision evaluations are required as part of the supervision process. This includes both knowledge and performance-based evaluations. However, it also includes supervision performance evaluations, competency evaluations, professionalism evaluations, child progress evaluations, on-going effects of supervision, and supervisor evaluations. The process of completing evaluations while also receiving performance feedback is known as 360-degree evaluations. 360 evaluations help both the supervisee and supervisor understand their strengths and weaknesses from a variety of perspectives. This session will discuss the 360 evaluation process as well as review possible forms that may be used for the evaluations. Pros and cons of this process will be discussed.

CANCELLED: Effective Elements of Supervision

Melissa Saunders (Creative Interventions)

Given the limited number of Behavior Analysts and the high demand for services derived from the science of applied behavior analysis, services are often delivered using a tiered model. This tiered model is typically made up of a Behavior Analyst providing supervision to a behavior technician. In this model, the supervising Behavior Analyst is expected to design individualized interventions for the consumer of the treatment while also ensuring the behavior technician is implementing those interventions to fidelity. While the tiered model does allow for more access to treatment there are many challenges. This session will highlight some of those challenges and provide practical real-world strategies that can be applied to overcome them. In addition, participants will learn the importance of structuring supervision to include a structured supervision plan for supporting effective treatment implementation and supervisee work enjoyment.

Effective Tiered Supervision in Large Companies
STEPHEN WOOD (Cultivate Behavior Management Corporation )
Abstract: This session will focus on the role of higher-level clinical leadership. Participants will learn strategies for managing oversight of clinical services in larger and/or growing organizations. Specifically, the presentation will focus on the role of tiered supervision in including the role of a Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Manager, and Clinical Director. Supervision of BCBAs will be discussed including the structure and function of 1:1 meetings including the development of an agenda and measures of progress and goal attainment. The role of compliance audits will also be discussed including documenting 5% RBT supervision and completion of session note audits.



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