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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!

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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.

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Behavior analysts need 4 continuing education credits in Ethics every 2 years. This results in ethics credits being one of the highly sought out types of continuing education.

If you have found yourself in need of those ethics credits, we offer several opportunities through our online live webinars which we will now be recording and making available following each course.

Online continuing education offers some benefits but it also lacks one of my favorite things which is the socialization opportunities that go hand in hand with conferences. So, if you are needing some social time AND those ethics credits, you should check out the 7th Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. And if you register BEFORE 7/15, you will receive the lower registration price.

Hope to see you there!

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With all the recent buzz in the ABA Business Builders Facebook Group regarding our internal BCBA Onboarding Checklist, I thought I would just put it in writing for everyone. This is our broad list. Each step listed here has another level of training (i.e., internal slide show or policy manual, etc). It is also a work in progress!

I should note that we started this a year ago and it has helped tremendously! Our list is over 50 items long. Additionally, it takes multiple hours spread across 3-4 meetings with the new BCBA. This is an expensive step for a business. However, you will make that money back because the BCBA is more likely to stay with you because the BCBA will feel like a true part of your team.

Before you read on, I should point out that this does not include mandatory paperwork such as employment contracts, W-4, I-9, etc. This is after all of those employment items have been addressed by HR. Additionally, this is for BCBAs only. We have a separate BT Onboarding which I will share later this week.

Background and Other HR items (Note: This step of onboarding is completed in conjunction with HR)

  1. Staff should set up a fingerprint appointment
  2. Staff should be set up with their GMail account, added to appropriate gmail groups, provided an appropriate footer, and shown the powerpoint on setting up email.
  3. Staff should read and attest to Policies & Procedures Manual
  4. Staff should complete the internal training or complete the Confidentiality Webinar for continuing education credit. Staff should review HIPAA related to social media activity.
  5. Staff should complete the internal training on NPA Code Metro (scheduling, billing software). Staff will review schedules & client service authorizations.
  6. If appropriate staff should complete the training on NPA Code Metro for MAC
  7. Staff should complete Mandated Reporter Training based on the state(s) where they will be working
  8. Staff should complete First Aid Training
  9. Staff should complete CPR if working in the ABS Feeding Clinic
  10. Staff should complete the Medicaid Form credentialing forms and documents
  11. Staff should complete the internal training on how to set up and use the Google Calendar
  12. Staff should complete the internal training on how to use the Google Drive
  13. Staff should complete the internal training on how to Graph in Google sheets
  14. Staff should complete the internal Incident Report Training
  15. Staff should complete the internal Sexual Harassment Training
  16. Review the policies and procedures related to mileage and drive time as well as the internal policies regarding the Hybrid/Electric cash reimbursement benefit
  17. Review the policies and procedures on dress and professionalism across settings such as home, community, school. Refer to Bailey and Birch 25 Essential Skills Book
  18. Review ABS cell phone use policy

ABS Internal Processes Completed with Regional Director (Senior BCBA)

  1. Review ABS Staff Socials
  2. Review internal file naming conventionNaming
  3. Review internal Continuing Education, internal conference funds and internal monthly BCBA Meetings
  4. Review process for completing Disciplinary Action Form for BT/RBT in conjunction with HR Director
  5. Review the performance evaluation template and timeline for BT/RBT
  6. Review the BCBA Billing and Rendering memo and complete the attestation form
  7. Review the BT/RBT Billing and Rendering memo and complete the attestation form
  8. Review the BCBA Rendering Spreadsheet (data tracking for weekly billables)
  9. Complete BIP Track training for data collection software
  10. Director will create calendar invites to subsequent Staff Trainings, BCBA Meetings, and Socials
  11. Review Case Manager Allocation Table (process for assigning candidates to BCBA cases)
  12. Complete Credentialing Steps for various carriers
  13. Complete Private School Training & Orientation
  14. Complete Ethics in Billing Webinar or Live Training
  15. Review internal training on how to set up NPA Availability & Monthly schedule for the purpose of supervising BT/RBT
  16. Review NPA internal training for calculating mileage, drive time, and time off
  17. Review internal process for NPA locking & service logs
  18. Review the internal NPA Task Analysis for calendar checks
  19. Complete internal PBIS & Emergency Response Training
  20. Review how schedules are created
  21. Complete SKILLS training
  22. Review attestation process for Staff meetings/BCBA meetings/trainings
  23. Review internal Supervision Feedback forms for Candidates
  24. Review Supervision Spreadsheet for weekly meetings with Director
  25. Review internal Task List
  26. Review internal templates for FBAs, Initial Assessments, and Concurrent Reviews
  27. Work with Director to complete headshot, bio, and other information for ABS Website
  28. Review internal procedures for vacation request form & Sick/Call Out Procedures
  29. Director will share appropriate Google Drive folders for BCBA’s
  30. Review IPAD check in procedure
  31. Review RBT Supervision requirements and process for documenting in NPA

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We have a few seats remaining in each of our classes this week. Both classes offer 4 ethics credits and both run from 1pm until 5pm. You may participate in the comfort of your home or office.

On Thursday, we will cover ethical issues related to completing FBAs and developing behavior intervention plans.

On Friday, we will cover special education law and ethical issues for behavior analysts practicing in schools.

Please visit our website to register.

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It was another great FABA! I’ve made so many friends and I keep meeting more each year.

Nikki’s presidential address was definitely my favorite. I really enjoyed hearing about big data for the closing session as well. It gives me food for thought.

I enjoyed my workshop and my panel but I seriously thought our talk on assessment rocked. Too bad we were competing against big names like Merrill. None the less, we need to get this published!

If you missed FABA this year, hopefully you will make it next year in Jacksonville.

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webinar

Everyone seems to be settling in to the new school schedules. Meanwhile, many BCBAs will be renewing their certificates for another 2 years. Have you fulfilled your 36 hours?

We have a few seats remaining in our September courses. All 3 of the September courses offer 4 hours of ethics credits each. Each course runs from 1pm-5pm. Each course is live using WebEx. Participants may engage using their desktop computer or using a tablet or phone. The app is free! Your data plan is not.

On September 13th we have Ethical Issues in Billing Insurance.

On September 27th, we have Ethical Issues in Conducting FBAs and Developing BIPs.

On September 28th, we have Special Education Law and Ethical Issues for Practicing Behavior Analysts.

To register, simply go to our website, scroll to the bottom to complete your personal information, fill out a brief course name, and follow the link to PayPal where you may pay with your PayPal account or with your credit card. Checks and Purchase Orders are also accepted. However, we need a copy of the check or Purchase Order to reserve your seat.

Please email the office (info at applied behavioral strategies dot com) or call us toll free at 844.854.7400.

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