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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Paper Session #263
CE Offered: BACB — 
Critical Skills for Providing Supervision and Mentorship
Sunday, May 26, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Independence Ballroom
Area: OBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Edward Sanabria (Centria Autism)
CE Instructor: Yulema Cruz, Ph.D.

Lessons Learned: Critical Components of a Mentorship Model to Train Compassionate, Assent-Based Interventions

Domain: Service Delivery
EDWARD SANABRIA (Centria Autism), Cindi Kennedy (Centria Autism)

With BCBA certifications doubling since 2018 (BACB, 2023), the ABA field faces a critical need for mentorship programs that provide new certificants with intensive training and ongoing support. A structured mentorship model that leverages experienced clinicians to facilitate the adoption of emerging technologies and approaches is key. The tiered mentorship model incorporates implementation protocols, fidelity monitoring, and program evaluation to maximize clinician competencies and positive client outcomes. By standardizing training in values-driven, evidence-based practices, the mentorship program aims to ensure all BCBAs gain competencies needed to provide comprehensive, high-quality ABA services. Foundations of Care, a multi-tiered framework has been established to address the need for a universal, practical, and responsive approach to delivering compassionate, assent-based interventions. This approach includes an emphasis on boundary setting, the Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) processes and ensures all clients are supported with a behavior intervention plan derived from the values of these approaches. This presentation will highlight key features of the mentorship model, how it can be tailored to meet organizational needs and resources, and evidence of its effectiveness. With careful design and execution, this mentor-driven approach allows our rapidly growing field to keep pace with innovations while maintaining client-centered, compassionate care.


Fostering Skill Development in Supervisees Through Practical Supervision

Domain: Service Delivery
YULEMA CRUZ (Rutgers University)

Supervisors are often faced with the responsibility of prioritizing administrative duties and managing caseloads over effective supervision. In light of these challenges, it becomes imperative for supervisors to continually refine their supervisory skills to maintain the highest standard of professional growth within their organizations. This presentation will focus on enhancing effective supervision by addressing three critical objectives. It will address the prioritization of key supervisee skills through objective assessments, thereby recognizing their significance in the supervisory process. It will explore the importance of preparing supervision session agendas to improve communication and productivity. Additionally, it will explore the gradual reduction of supervisory support as the supervisee demonstrates independence, as well as ethical considerations and strategies for the sensible termination of the supervisory relationship. Strategies will be discussed for guiding supervisees toward professional growth. These efforts collectively contribute to the advancement of effective and ethical organizational structure and supervision to individuals within the organization.




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