Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: BACB
Supervision: Theories and Practices for Behavior Analysts
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 227 BC
Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Mark F. O'Reilly, Ph.D.
RITA HONAN (Trinity College Dublin)
Description: Very few behaviour analysts have received formal instruction in theories of supervision (yes-there are some!), how these can be applied within behavioural analysis, and most importantly, how to differentially conduct effective supervision of Board Certified and Associate level behavior analysts, university students and various behavioral staff. This workshop will present various theories of supervision from the published literature and how they can contribute to best practice procedures by BCBAs providing supervision. Participants will analyse their own practices and articulate their (emerging) personal theory of supervision, specifying key characteristics of supervisory practices in applied behavior analysis. Types, purposes and focus of supervision sessions and supervisee stages will be delineated. Related ethical issues will be identified. Each attendee will complete a draft supervisor-supervisee contract and consider required aspects of supervisee-work agency issues to be addressed by contract. Relevant forms will be distributed to participants in both paper and via email in word.doc format for their adaptation and use in their work.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to: Name 3 theories of supervision and their core components. State their (emerging) personal theory of supervision. Specify key characteristics of supervisory practices in applied behavior analysis. Detail agenda and format for individual and group supervision sessions. Complete a supervisor-supervisee contract.
Activities: Following didactic presentation of the foremost theories of supervision in clinical practice, attendees will re-assess their own supervisory practices as applied behavior analysts, generate a personal theory of supervision to guide their work in light of behavioral theories and practices, and finally translate this into a clear, written supervision contract to be entered between them and each of their supervisees. Issues relating to supervision within organisations will also be addressed.
Audience: BCBAs and BACB Approved faculty members (only)
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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