Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Invited Paper Session #252
CE Offered: BACB — 
Evidence-Based Supervision and the Use of Technology as an Effective Tool for Training Values-Driven Professionals Across Cultures
Sunday, May 24, 2020
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Area: DDA
Chair: Yaniz C. Padilla Dalmau (Seattle Children's Hospital)
CE Instructor: Katerina Dounavi, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: KATERINA DOUNAVI (Queen's University Belfast)

Supervision of trainees and service providers is crucial in guaranteeing that clients receive quality services that match their needs and respect their wishes and preferences. This presentation will focus on evidence-based strategies for the effective training and supervision of service providers across cultures. Emphasis will be put on the importance of protecting supervisee’s well-being as a means to achieve optimal outcomes for the clients they serve. An outline of how technology can enhance the process of disseminating our science internationally, in particular in countries where there is a dearth of behaviour analysts and training opportunities, will be offered.

Target Audience:

Students and entry-level professionals who wish to improve their cultural competence and knowledge of how technology can improve client outcomes; clinicians and researchers with intermediate and advanced understanding of evidence-based practice who wish to increase their cultural awareness and knowledge of how technology can facilitate access to quality services.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define effective supervision; (2) name at least two evidence-based strategies that effective supervisors use with trainees; (3) describe why cultural competence is important; (4) incorporate the use of technology for the supervision of service provision.
KATERINA DOUNAVI (Queen's University Belfast)
Dr. Dounavi is a Senior Lecturer in Behaviour Analysis and Autism at Queen's University Belfast, where she serves as the MScABA Director (includes an ABAI VCS) and supervisor of Ph.D. students. Her research focuses on behaviour analysis, developmental delays including autism, values-driven professional training, verbal behaviour, evidence-based education and wider behavioural applications for improving health and well-being. Dr. Dounavi has extensive clinical experience across numerous countries overseeing services offered to children and their families, supervising professionals and conducting research with the aim to improve educational outcomes. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Magiko Sympan (Greece), the Clinical Director of Melody Learning Centre (Germany), the Senior Supervisor of Futuroschool Centre (France) and the Coordinator and Associate Supervisor of at-distance practice for ABA Spain (Spain and Spanish speaking countries). Her overall aim, which she seeks to achieve through a number of activities internationally, is to improve the delivery of services offered to families of children with autism and other developmental or learning disorders internationally through the provision of highly trained professionals and empowered parents.



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