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.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Panel #265
CE Offered: BACB — 
Ethical Considerations for Behavior Analysts Providing Supervision and Supports in Public Schools
Sunday, May 24, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Selena J Layden, Ph.D.
Chair: Selena J Layden (Old Dominion University)
DARIA LORIO-BARSTEN (College of William & Mary Training and Technical Assistance Center)
LAUREN VETERE (Virginia Commonwealth University)
DANIS URBAN (New Horizons Regional Education Centers)

Behavior analysts working in public school settings may face ethical and logistical challenges. As an applied area of behavior analysis, practicing in education requires in-depth understanding and application of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. For behavior analysts, supervision in the public school setting can be broadly defined and can encompass a variety of roles and responsibilities. Behavior analysts may provide supervision to those who are both familiar and unfamiliar with ABA. It is often a behavior analyst’s responsibility to juggle administrative duties and supports, ethical standards, and education for staff, all while ensuring appropriate service delivery and effectiveness for students. Additionally, many roles filled by behavior analysts in public schools are not evaluative, thus creating additional challenges for effective supervision. Yet, success for students depends upon staff providing quality services, often supported or overseen by the behavior analyst. This panel discussion will specifically focus on behavior analysts providing supervision and supports in public schools. The targeted audience for this panel includes those currently working in public school settings, those who consult in these settings, or those teaching future behavior analysts who may work in the public school setting.

Target Audience:

BCBAs or BCBA-Ds currently working in public school settings BCBAs or BCBA-Ds who consult in public schools BCBAs or BCBA-Ds teaching future behavior analysts who may work in the public school setting

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify at least 5 challenges to providing supervision as a BCBA in the public school setting 2. Create at least 3 with potential resolutions to issues identified in providing supervision as a BCBA in a public school setting 3. Determine at least 3 questions from the larger audience that need to be addressed related to this topic



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