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High-quality group supervision for behavior analysts is a worthwhile investment in the long-term health of our field and its practitioners. Executive Director of Research and Clinical Standards, Amber Valentino, Psy.D, BCBA-D, and Executive Advisor, Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, authored a journal article for the Association for Behavior Analysts International, which described the benefits of group supervision and a structure for how to implement it effectively. This article served as the first paper to provide recommended practices on group supervision in the field of applied behavior analysis.
The group supervision experience allows for many complexities found in real-life practice to be addressed while under the supervision of a mentor. Opportunities for peer feedback, social networking, engaging in positive and productive discussion, public speaking and developing professionalism can all occur during group supervision for behavior analysts.
Individual supervision is vital, but mentoring Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®) should also include regular opportunities for groups of aspiring behavior analysts to come together in structured settings. It is the responsibility of the supervising BCBA to determine what this time together will look like.
Supervision for behavior analysts within a group setting is enhanced when the following occurs:
The observational learning that occurs within group supervision for behavior analysts allows for the growth of both knowledge and empathy. If BCBAs can be exposed to such learning experiences before moving into their individual practices, the field of behavior analysis will hold more thoughtful and attentive professionals.
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