Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W44
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: The Ethics of Supervision and Practical Applications to Supervisor/Supervisee Feedback
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
212 (Convention Center)
Area: CSE/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Cathy Lynn Carpenter, M.A.
CATHY LYNN CARPENTER (Inclusive Education), SALLY TORRENS (Inizio Interventions, Inc.), CARA ENTZ (Inizio Interventions, Inc.)
Description: BCBA and BCaBA candidates play multiple roles in their work, are required to balance multiple tasks at once, have varied hands-on skills and education, and have splintered training to prepare them for the field. The BCBA supervisor, on the other hand, is able to access myriad effective training methods that are empirically based so that supervisees perform services ethically, proficiently, and responsibly. Yet what remains is a large disparity in supervision experiences. Is our training knowledge not as fluent as we thought? Are we cutting corners by using a one-size-fits-all approach to training that dismally fails for multiple reasons? Is it time to re-evaluate our training policies and practices? A review of the evidence-based research in training methodologies, an examination of these training models, and an evaluation of our training programs as well as our own competency—what are our own strengths and challenges?—will be presented and discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Assess and measure supervision on a frequent basis

Identify elements of the optimal experience BCBAs should be providing BCBA and BCaBA candidates through supervision

Examine their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of supervision experience

Identify the current research and future implications for research in evidence-based supervision

Examine the effects of a rating form on the supervisor/supervisee relationship; on the provision of quality ABA to clients; and on the supervisee's rate of learning, follow-through, staff turnover, and ability to pinpoint areas of strength or weakness of the supervision

Measure the supervisor/supervisee interaction by using a rating or measurement form

Use a rating form

Pinpoint areas to work on and strengths and weaknesses of the supervision session

Activities: The presentation will report on the results of the implementation of the supervision survey form completed by eight supervisees over a 6-month period. Participants will engage in live role play demonstrating the use of the supervision form, as well as hands-on activities where participants will have the opportunity to provide supervision to a partner while using the rating form with their partner and sharing and processing feedback about the results of the form with each other.
Audience: Because this session examines the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct as well as discusses the optimal experience BCBAs should be providing candidates through supervision, this workshop targets BCBAs who practice in the field and who supervise BCBA and BCaBA candidates.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Ethical Supervision



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