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Board Certified Behavior Analysts’ Supervisory Practices of Trainees: Survey Results and Recommendations

Abstract

The field of behavior analysis relies on supervised fieldwork to shape the repertoires of individuals aspiring to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) exam. Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®) who are providing supervision to those seeking certification must follow the supervision and ethics requirements as directed by the BACB. We conducted a survey of BCBAs currently providing supervision to gather information about current practices and barriers. The top areas of success and need are presented based on the responses of 284 participants who completed the entire survey, along with recommendations.

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Tyra P. Sellers declares that she has no conflict of interest. Amber L. Valentino declares that she has no conflict of interest. Trenton J. Landon declares that he has no conflict of interest. Stephany Aiello declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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Supervisor “To-Do” Checklist

This checklist is intended for use by supervisors providing supervision to individuals working toward becoming BCBAs® to serve as a basic starting point for individuals who may be new to supervision or for those who might want to revamp their current practice. It is meant to serve as a checklist of basic tasks that should be completed on a regular basis to ensure the provision of quality supervision, but it is not exhaustive.

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Sellers, T.P., Valentino, A.L., Landon, T.J. et al. Board Certified Behavior Analysts’ Supervisory Practices of Trainees: Survey Results and Recommendations. Behav Analysis Practice 12, 536–546 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-019-00367-0

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Keywords

  • Certification
  • Fieldwork
  • Supervision
  • Supervisory practices
  • Trainee