Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalĀ® (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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W70
CE Offered: BACB — 
Using Mentorship to Improve Retention and Decrease Burnout
Friday, May 22, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Karen Nohelty, M.Ed.
KAREN NOHELTY (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), BEVERLY DOWNING (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), VERONICA HINOJOSA (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), JULIE LEMON (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Description: Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) provide supervision to a range of individuals, including Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts BCaBAs, BCBA candidates, and junior BCBAs. Different from supervision, mentorship can contribute to reduced burnout and increased retention through a supportive relationship. Practical strategies based on research, including research from the broader medical field, as well as case studies from the presenters, will be discussed. This workshop will prepare participants to use a variety of methods to assess mentees existing skills, use behavioral skills training (BST) in supporting mentees in learning new skills (including interpersonal skills such as problem solving, communication, conflict resolution), and assess the impact of changes in mentorship. Additionally, strategies for using feedback to support mentees will be reviewed. Opportunities will be provided for attendees to practice these skills and develop self-management goals to enable tracking of their own progress.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will identify evidence based practices for mentoring staff. 2. Participants will identify how BST can be used to support the skill development of mentees. 3. Participants will identify how they can examine the effects of changes in their mentorship strategies.
Activities: The format combines lecture, group discussion, and breakout groups. After information is shared with participants, opportunities will be provided to practice skills discussed.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop includes BCBAs who are supervising others, including those who have recently received their credential, are new to supervising others, and/or want to improve this skillset.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): BST, feedback, mentoring, supervision



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