The Ethics of Good Supervision: A Review of Our Obligations and Helpful Hints

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This talk was filmed at the 2019 Leadership and Supervision Conference at The University of Kansas

About the presentation:

In the recent Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for behavior analysts, the area of supervision has earned its own distinct section, showing how important this set of ethical obligations is to ethical performance. This issue of supervision has broad implications to the entire practice of behavior analysis, including the supervision of students, parents, teachers, and candidates for BACB certification. Competent supervision is recognized as a crucial area for maximizing professionalism in the people we train and, ultimately, client outcomes.  This presentation will review the code section describing the components of effective supervision, describe the importance of competent supervision, and specific strategies for enhancing the quality of supervision. These topics will be explored from both the perspective of the supervisor as well as the supervisee. Case examples will be offered, to illustrate the ‘real-life’ nature of supervision difficulties and ways to solve them.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the section of the ethical code regarding supervision
  2. Describe a minimum of 5 supervision difficulties or bad practice, each from the perspectives of supervisor and supervisee
  3. Provide ethical and reasonable solutions to specific supervision problems presented

About the presenter:

Dr. Thomas Zane is the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Organization of Autism Research, a group that raises money to fund innovative research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Zane has been past President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. His research interests include teacher training, learning, evidenced-based practice in autism, and the philosophy of science and radical behaviorism.