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Effective supervision of behavior analysts is critical to our growing field. Trumpet Behavioral Health has published multiple articles on the topic of supervision, serving as a thought leader on how to meaningfully invest in budding Board Certified Behavior Analysts, or BCBAs®.
Executive Director of Research and Clinical Standards, Amber Valentino, Psy.D, BCBA-D, and Executive Advisor, Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, in collaboration with Dr. Tyra Sellers of Utah State University, authored an article in the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice, in which they laid out five components of a successful supervisory experience. Dr. Valentino and Dr. LeBlanc are experienced supervisors, and believe that impactful relationships with new analysts are crucial to the quality of ongoing behavioral services, the advancement of professional development and the overall development of the field.
The initial establishment of an effective supervisor-supervisee relationship lays the groundwork for all other recommended practices.
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board, or BACB®, requires that both parties sign a contract in which the details of supervisory hours are agreed upon. Dr. Valentino and Dr. LeBlanc also recommend that the supervisor discuss his or her expectations with the trainee at their first meeting together, setting the stage for transparency and honesty.
Feedback plays a large role in supervision for behavior analysts. The establishment of a committed and positive relationship, as well as empathetic delivery of constructive criticism, provides both quality instruction and encouragement for the supervisee.
Once trust has been established in the supervisory relationship, the following four practices ought to be woven in.
Contact us at Trumpet Behavioral Health for more resources on supervision for behavior analysts.