Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W15
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Ethics of Supervision Workshop, Part Deux
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
4C-1 (Convention Center)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Karen R. Wagner, Ph.D.
KAREN R. WAGNER (, MARTA T. FIOL (Behavior Services of Brevard)
Description: In behavior analysis, supervision takes many forms. Last year we focused on basic ethical difficulties, documentation, and supervisory sessions with some interesting ethical dilemmas. This year we continue to interact with the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct, and, by studying the feedback from last year's session, we have expanded the interactive scenario exercises and feedback. Many assume supervision is a matter of assisting a practitioner in tweaking rates of reinforcement, or giving advice about functional assessments. However, sometimes your supervisees may feel as though they are trying to practice on an alien planet. Clinical supervision is a responsibility many BCBAs assume regardless of professional experience. Some perform it as a practical method of filling in the gaps in their schedule while imparting some of their training and experience. Others have it thrust upon them by employers because of clinical policy or practice. Through the use of video clips, real-to-life supervision sessions will be presented, complete with the environmental problems faced by many supervisee-clinicians. Participants will be divided into triads where multiple opportunities to practice brief supervisory scenarios, as supervisor, supervisee, and observer, will be given. Participant laptops are suggested, but not required.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Describe their role, and that of their supervisee, in the supervisory experience

Describe multiple ethical considerations, as experienced through discussion and role play

Describe supervision skills and strategies, as experienced—with feedback—through discussion and role play

Describe the experience of "supervising" a clinician who has just started working with an individual whose environment may or may not be supportive of an intervention

Describe the experience of being presented with novel situations, and then being expected to give their supervisee tasks to perform before the next supervision, much like real life supervision

Activities: This workshop will involved didactic lecture; critique of video scenarios; participation in multiple scenario triads, taking the role of supervisor, supervisee, and observer; and a question and answer period.
Audience: This workshop is for intermediate and advanced BCBAs who are currently providing supervision, who are considering becoming supervisors, or who are considering providing supervision to community-based clinicians.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Ethical, Ethics, Supervision, Video



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