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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W95
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Leading by Example: Keys to Effective Behavior Analytic Supervision
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Granite A
Area: TBA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Yakos, M.A.
JENNIFER YAKOS (Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT)), CECILIA KNIGHT (Institute for Behavioral Training)
Description: As more individuals enter the field of Behavior Analysis, defining parameters for appropriate supervision to those seeking BCBA, BCaBA and RBT certification is an important topic of discussion. Providing effective, behavior analytic supervision requires utilizing effective instructional techniques such as Behavioral Skills Training, shaping appropriate professional and ethical behaviors of supervisees, and promoting independence and generalization of skills into the natural setting with clients. This workshop will focus on specific keys to effective supervision, most importantly the practice of leading by example as supervisors. Specific topics will include how to model best practice strategies within supervision, adjusting to the individual needs of each supervisee, providing effective performance feedback, and adhering to ethical guidelines at all times. Additional discussion will focus on specific ethical considerations that arise within supervisory practices and ways to address them, particularly issues with supervising employees, supervising long distance via remote on-line contact, and handling subpar performance of supervisees.
Learning Objectives: Identify and review BACB guidelines for effective, evidence based supervisory practices, including implementing Behavioral Skills Training, delivering effective performance feedback, and individualizing supervision based on the candidate's specific needs. Identify several key strategies for effective supervision, including modeling target behaviors in training sessions, overlap in the natural environment, promoting independent problem solving, and tracking/monitoring supervisee progress. Identify several ethical issues which commonly arise within supervision of BCBA/BCaBA candidates and RBTs, including confidentiality, dual relationships, scope of expertise and ensuring quality of service
Activities: Workshop activities will include a combination of lecture, video demonstration, small group practice activities and large group discussion.
Audience: This workshop would be appropriate for BCBAs providing behavior analytic supervision to individuals seeking BCBA/BCaBA certification, or ongoing supervision to BCaBAs and RBTs. It would also be appropriate for any therapist, educator, administrator, or professional who is supervising and managing the performance of staff, parents, instructional aides, or others.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): BCBA Supervision, Effective Supervision, Supervisory Practices



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