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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!

Conferencing Links

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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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Ok! that moment you have all been writing about and waiting for has arrived! I have finally made enough time in my life to copy and paste our BT/RBT Onboarding for you. I’m so thrilled to be able to share anything that will make your lives easier. Thank you for your positive feedback on our previously posted BCBA Onboarding! Please know that I am always open to suggestions so please don’t be too shy to speak up.

As with our BCBA onboarding, this does not include the basics such as the job application, i9, or W4. We have recently starting using an HRIS program. (After a long and careful search, we went with Bird Dog HR because within their performance management section, they offer the ability to do electronic score cards. What better way to give feedback than an OBM strategy!?!?) So employees use that system to complete the new employee basics. This list is all other training they have to do. This is also laid out in our BirdDogHR platform so it’s really a PSI for staff as they get acclimated with Applied Behavioral Strategies as an employer.

Note that all of this training comes with handouts and forms for attestation. Some of our training is also in video format so staff don’t get bored just reading things.

Phase 1: Completed in Conjunction with HR & Onboarding Team

 

  1. Fingerprint Appointment and results
  2. NPA Code Metro Training (note, this is our practice management software. Billing and time keeping)
  3. NPA for MAC users
  4. First Aid/CPR
  5. HIPAA training video and attestation (includes HIPAA and social media. Check out this cool paper my colleagues and I wrote on this topic!)
  6. ABS Policies & Procedures Manual which also includes an attestation that staff read it.
  7. Billing Memo and Attestation. We do this to help prevent fraud. Want to know more, check out our webinar on Ethical Issues Related to Billing for ABA Services.
  8. Mandated Reporter Training
  9. Sexual Harassment Training
  10. ABS Incident Report Training

Phase 2 Training: Independent and with Training Coordinator (BCBA)

  1. RBT Training (BT) and/or change RBT supervisor with BACB
  2. RBT certificate/documentation: send to HR
  3. NPA Code Metro GO Training (using phone to render services and obtain signatures)
  4. Review Policy & Procedure (ask if RBT has questions)
  5. Review NPA Code Metro to ensure timesheet for training entered appropriately
  6. Review NPA Code Metro locking & service log review
  7. Review NPA Code Metro scheduling and service authorization
  8. Review ABS Internal Task Analysis for NPA Code Metro
  9. Review NPA Code Metro client appointment, cancellations, mileage, drive time, and time off
  10. Review NPA Code Metro Availability & Monthly Scheduling
  11. Google Drive
  12. GMail Set up and footer and ABS Internal Email Groups
  13. Google Calendar
  14. Add new staff to calendar invites for upcoming socials and trainings
  15. Review phone use policy
  16. Review Dress and Professionalism and requirements for various location of services
  17. Review ABS Procedure for Vacation request & sick/Call Out
  18. Review the performance evaluation timeline
  19. Review Mileage and Drive Time and Hybrid/Electric Benefit
  20. Review BT Billing and Rendering memo and ask for questions
  21. Assign locking supervisor
  22. Review ABS procedures for file naming and saving
  23. Staff Completes New Staff Training Test
  24. Score and Review Test

Phase 3 Completed with BCBA (Clinical Supervisor of Each Client)

  1. BIP Track training
  2. Session Note Training (SOAP Note)
  3. School Training & Orientation
  4. PBIS & Emergency Responses
  5. ABS Internal Scheduling
  6. Task List (this is the chore list for people to do when a client cancels less than 24 hours)
  7. iPad Policies and Procedures including weekly iPad Checkin
  8. At least 3 overlap sessions on client 1
  9. At least 3 overlap sessions on client 2
  10. At least 3 overlap sessions on client 3

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We are pleased to announce our list of webinars for 2018! Our courses include the supervision course for those of you who need 3 hours in supervision. We also offer the 8-hour supervision course for those of you who need to supervise others in the profession. We are also offering several ethics courses including our most popular SPED Law and Ethical Issues for Behavior Analysts, Ethical Issues in Billing, and Ethical Issues in Completing FBAs and Developing BIPs.

Don’t forget, we offer group rates for individuals who share a computer or for 3 or more individuals from the same organization.

Please visit our website for additional information and to register.

Hope to “see” you in one of our upcoming courses!

ABS 2018 Webinars 10.18.17

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We are super excited to be attending the 2017 Conference in Daytona Beach, FL. Missy will be co-leading 2 different workshops on Wednesday and she will be speaking in a symposium on Friday. Come see her and the co-presenters: Tim Courtney, Megan Miller, and Laura McKee. Dr. Jon Bailey is serving as the discussant on Friday. This is not to be missed!

We will be sponsoring the happy hour on Wednesday night. We will buy you a drink if you come see us and mention that you saw this on our blog!

 

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website! It is the same URL address, just new updatesgraph to make it easier for mobile users to stay in touch.

Our applied behavior analysis (ABA) team has worked hard to complete professional photos, update bios, and introduce our new behavioral feeding page!

Don’t miss our upcoming webinars for 2017. We offer group rates for 3 or more individuals from the same agency who are taking the course from separate computers. Our best discount is for groups who will share a computer during the webinar! Register 1 person at full price and all others are only $10! That’s right, $10 for the whole course when you share a computer. To register, simply visit our website here, scroll to the very bottom, enter your name and other pertinent information, enter an abbreviated title, and follow the link to PayPal where you may pay with your account or with any credit card. We also accept purchase orders from school districts!

Did you know that ABS has a monthly journal club where you earn 1 CE each month? Did I mention that the  Journal Club is FREE? All you have to do is join the club, read the article, and be present for the discussion. Email the info line at: info at applied behavioral strategies dot com to join the journal club.

If you haven’t been to our page in a while, hop over for a visit to meet our amazing team of BCBAs. (As an aside, we are currently hiring full- and part-time BCBAs. ¬†If you are bi-lingual Spanish, we would be thrilled. We are also hiring part-time behavior therapists.) Come join our awesome team!

And finally, if you just want to stay in touch, join our mailing list here.

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We are registered to do business in Tennessee! We are so thrilled to be expanding and to soon be offering services to children with behavioral challenges and their families.doing-business-in-tn

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