Rob Holdsambeck- Challenges of Supervision: lazy rats, shopping math, and the internet

1.0 Supervision CE

About the presentation:

After a time, many clinicians are asked to move from providing direct services into a role of providing supervision to others. This can present some unique challenges. Behavioral scientists preach that data is are critical to managing effective programs. One of the key challenges for supervisors is getting real data. Lazy rats, shopping math, and the internet are all stories that show how this search for insight can go wrong. In this talk, Dr. Holdsambeck will use some of the lessons he learned from his early graduate training in behavioral science, through working with couples as a psychologist in private practice, to his current role running an agency and working with others at the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Upon Completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify two examples where using charts alone to supervise can lead to problems.
  • Describe three ways that Chaos theory helps us understand the challenges to making predictions in the treatment of children with autism.
  • Identify the first two steps to successful interventions with families.


About the presenter:

Dr. Holdsambeck is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of clinical experience delivering services to people with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. He was one of the first to become board certified in behavior analysis (#0007). The company he founded, Holdsambeck Behavioral Health employs over 200 clinicians serving 1500+ individuals annually in California and now Hawaii (Anuenue Behavior Analysts). Previously he served his country as a Captain in the Air Force and his community as a tenured professor of behavior analysis and human sexuality. He was selected as the 2010 distinguished colleague by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s department of applied behavior analysis. In 2011 and 2017, he received the outstanding service awards from the 2017, Cambridge Center for his work in bringing evidence-based practices to California. Dr. Holdsambeck is an author and frequent keynote speaker at National and State conferences. His four most recent publications are the highly acclaimed books, “Behavior Science: Tales of Inspiration Discovery and Service” (Holdsambeck and Pennypacker Eds., 2017, Volumes I, 11, 111 and Omnibus editions). In addition to the activities mentioned above, Dr. Holdsambeck is currently serving in his fourth year as the Executive Director of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral StudiesTM.

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