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We have a few upcoming webinars that you may want to register for. Check out our lineup! There are 2 offer codes running right now. One is related to my recent Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Ciccoria and the other is NEW. If you indicate that you saw it on the blog when you register, you can enroll for just $25 for any regular course or $50 for the 8-hour Supervision Course. Note that the 8-hour course is limited to 10 participants due to it’s intensity.

Ethical Issues in Billing for ABA Services on January 23rd 1pm-5pm Eastern

Ethical Issues in Supervision & Training (Meets Supervision Requirement) on February 6th 1pm-4pm Eastern

Supervision Part 2 (Meets 8-hour requirement when taken with Ethical Issues in Supervision & Training) on February 7th 12pm-5pm Eastern

Ethical Issues in Completing FBAs and Developing BIPs on Feb 20th 1pm-5pm Eastern

SPED Law and Ethical Issues for Behavior Analysts on March 12th 1pm-5pm Eastern

It has been a super busy fall! It all started in August when I spoke at the National Autism Conference in State College, PA. I spoke on Special Education Law and also on Ethical Issues in Using ABA to Address Feeding. This conference is actually how Matt Ciccoria and I got introduced. Jen Farris saw me speak on SPED Law and she reached out to Matt and then made the introduction. Conferences are truly for networking! For follow up on the SPED Talk, see my previous blog post.

Next up was FABA Conference! I served as the discussant on a lively panel regarding Ethical Issues in Functional Analysis and presented on the hot topic of Ethical Issues in Assessment. We are working on papers for both of these talks!

This was followed by the 19th Annual CARDAAC Conference in Baltimore with the fine team at Kennedy Krieger. There I spoke on PBIS Strategies at Tier 2 and Tier 3 implementation levels.

Once I finally stopped traveling, I sat down with Matt! I was incredibly nervous about doing this. But Matt put me right at ease. I seriously could have talked to him for hours on this topic! Take a moment to listen to the podcast when you are driving from client to client or school to school. You can download the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ethics-school-consultation-for-bcbas-session-101-missy/id1086413253?i=1000457591580 or you can go to the website for all the show notes here: https://behavioralobservations.com/the-ethics-of-school-consultation-for-bcbas-session-101-with-missy-olive/

There is a teaser too! If you listen to the show, you will find out about some upcoming CEs that are available! This special will be available for any of the webinars mentioned in the podcast through 2020!

Applied Behavior Strategies is a proud sponsor of the Back-to-School: Special Education Parent Empowerment Conference on Saturday, October 5th in New Haven CT!  The conference is focused on trending special education issues and must-know advocacy skills to prepare for a successful school year. Parents and professionals should attend. You can learn more about this important event or buy tickets here: https://seekct.com/annual-conference  Online tickets $65. At the door $85. Don’t miss out!

A lot of people think that conferencing is just about getting CE’s for certification renewal. Conferencing actually has multiple purposes. First, it is an opportunity to learn about a new area of interest. Remember, the BCBA credential is an entry level credential. The scope of practice for a new BCBA is extremely limited. Thus, conferencing can be a great way to start training on a new area/scope of practice.

Regional Conferences (i.e., your state association such as Florida ABA or CT ABA, or Mass ABA) provide an opportunity for you to remain current about issues within your state. Perhaps your state is trying to push for licensing of behavior analysis. You need to attend to be in the know! For Florida, the current issues around medicaid are a key focus for many providers.

Did you know you also have an ethical obligation to your state association? yes! under the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, 6.01 b), “behavior analysts have an obligation to participate in behavior-analytic professional and scientific organizations or activities.” Therefore, you should conference because it’s ethical!

Conferencing is a great time to network with other providers, scientists, product development teams, and sometimes payors. Put your best foot forward and make those connections!

Finally, conferencing is a wonderful time to see friends and colleagues. Rest up before conferences so you have the energy and stamina to get it all in. Check out these photos from our fun times together.

Some of our Florida team!

Conferencing Links

The SEEK conference is slated for Saturday October 5th. This was a great conference last year! Please consider attending, especially if you are interested in legal matters for your child.

Here is the registration link if you wish to register yourself. https://seekct.com/annual-conference

Here is the registration link if you wish to register yourself. https://seekct.com/annual-conference

Last night in our journal club, we had lively discussion regarding the 2016 article on Competency-Based, Ethical, and Socially Valid Approach to Supervision. Laura Turner served as the lead author and Aaron Fischer & James Luiselli served as co-authors. You can read the article yourself here.

If you haven’t read this article, you absolutely should. There are so many important points in the article it will surely improve your supervision services. If you are a BACB Candidate, then you should also read this as it may help you in selecting your supervisor and/or giving feedback to your supervisor regarding the quality of your supervision. Quality supervision experiences will more than likely lead to quality BCBAs which should lead to quality services for clients.

The first topic of discussion revolved around the need to establish a good relationship between the parties. Keep in mind, the BACB suggests that multiple supervisors be used so the good relationships and communication should cross all parties. A key point in having a good relationship is to be sure to establish rapport. This of course led to the jumping off point on the new training curriculum for supervisors. The BACB recently made the 2.0 Curriculum available and you can find it here.

We also discussed the authors’ point of how payment for services may affect the relationship between parties. In most professions, the trainee is responsible for funding their learning. This includes payment for college coursework but also payment for internships, practica, and/or supervision of professional competencies. It seems that the ABA industry, in a desperate attempt to mass produce BCBAs, companies are offering supervision at no cost or no cost in return for a year or two of payback employment. Unfortunately, due to the demand for BCBAs, this has led to many candidates taking their free supervision and leaving their supervisor high and dry for payment. We all know this is unethical behavior in that it violates the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code #1.04a, 1.04c, and 6.01a. This, of course, led us to the BACB latest newsletter regarding the contract and what the BACB will do if the contract is broken. We will save my opinion on that for another day.

The authors made an important point to discuss just how much time quality supervision requires of both parties. For example, the authors point out that a supervisor may think they have time to supervise because it is only a few hours every other week. However, the supervisor has to travel to complete observations, make time to read assignments, make time to read articles, and make time to plan feedback. Essentially, for every hour of supervision, the supervisor can expect to spend at least 2 hours of work. Similarly for the candidate who is already working and possibly taking classes, the candidate will need to find time to meet with the supervisor for feedback, complete readings assigned by the supervisor, and complete homework such as program development. This is not an easy process and it certainly shouldn’t be rushed so the candidate can get out and immediately start work. This is where the key skills are learned and practiced and it must be completed with precision rather than speed.

Next we discussed the importance of collecting data on the supervisee skills. First, this requires the supervisor and supervisee to develop measurable objectives. Then it requires the supervisor to collect baseline data on those skills followed by additional data collection and progress monitoring. This led to a discussion of how BIP Track data collection tool would be great for this! The developers of BIP Track have created options for collecting IOA data as well as fidelity data. What better way to monitor supervisee skill development! Note that not all behaviors need to be observed in practice. The supervisor can also ask tough questions during the supervision meetings to see if the supervisee is retaining information from coursework, using their SAFMEDS to become fluent in terminology, or being proficient in problem solving strategies.

Performance feedback is always a key piece of providing quality supervision experiences. In discussing performance feedback, we came back to the BACB 2.0 Curriculum and noted that behavioral targets are included for supervisees during feedback. These include: “i) Engagement in active listening (eye contact, posture) and engagement (question
asking, paraphrasing) strategies; ii) Taking notes during feedback meetings; iii) Restatement of feedback to check for understanding; iv) Requests for clarification, examples, or models as needed; v) Acknowledgement of responsibility for errors (take responsibility).

I believe that one area where BCBAs can improve is in the area of evaluating their own supervision outcomes. There are many ways to do this. The authors recommend using their form, Supervision Monitoring and Evaluation Form, which you can download here. (Follow the link, then download the appendix.)

And finally, don’t forget to continue your own professional development on supervision. Read, take workshops, attend your state conference, or attend a national conference! Check out our list of continuing education courses here.

Want more on this topic?

We have some seats left in our back to school webinar on Ethics Related to Conducting the FBA and Developing the BIP. To join us, email info at applied behavioral strategies dot com or visit our website to register online. Scroll to the bottom and pay with PayPal.

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