Got Milk?  What Does Milk Have to Do with Supervision

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About the presentation: 

There are a number of different types of supervision in behavior analysis: Case Supervision, Staff Supervision, and Analyst in Training (Fieldwork) Supervision.  Unfortunately, the field has not clearly provided a distinction between these different types of supervision and tend to lump them all together as just supervision.  Lumping all of these types of supervision together and the idiosyncratic behaviors that make up these types of supervision is problematic for many reasons.  This talk will highlight the issues of lumping all types of supervision together, distinguish between the various tasks involved with each type of supervision, and provide an example of competency based Analyst in Training (Fieldwork) Supervision at both a university and agency setting.  A detailed description of the California State University Los Angeles ABA Programs Fieldwork will be provided as well as a cost-benefit analysis of adopting a collaborative structure for Analyst in Training Supervision.  In addition, assessment results of the fieldwork will be shared.  With respect to the agency setting, the specifics of a pilot project at a Southern California agency will be shared.  In conclusion, suggestions for moving the field forward with respect to ensuring competent supervision in all types of supervision will be provided.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to distinguish between three types of supervision: Case Supervision, Staff Supervision, and Analyst in Training Supervision. 
  • Participants will be able to provide examples of specific tasks associated with each type of supervision.
  • Participants will be able to describe the potential limitations of not distinguishing between these three types of supervision.

About the presenter:

Dr. Michele Wallace earned her doctorate from the University of Florida in 2000 in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.  She is a Full Professor, the ABA program coordinator, and faculty advisor of the Los Angeles Student Association for Behavior Analysis at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Wallace has served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and as guest associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Development.  She is a current member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the California Association for Behavior Analysis.  Dr. Wallace is the past president of the California Association for Behavior Analysis.  She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the State of Florida since 1993 and a National Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2000.  Dr. Wallace provides consultation locally, across the United States, and internationally.  Dr. Wallace is one of the authors of a premier textbook in behavior analysis (Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change), is the first author of an introductory textbook (Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis for Behavior Therapist and other Practitioners) and co-author on a behavioral consultation book (Behavioral Consulting Improving Client and Consultee Learning and Behavior) and a book on the use of a behavioral approach for preventing problem behavior (Preventing Problematic Behavior in the Home, in School, and at Work).  She has over fourteen first authored publications, thirty-six co-authored publications, and has presented over 325 presentations.  Her current research interests are related to the refinement of assessment and treatment methodologies with respect to behavior problems, parent and staff training, the acquisition of verbal behavior, and real-world application of applied behavior analysis.