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Tips for Supervision Services as a BCBA

BCBA’s (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) often find themselves in situations where they will be supervising others including supervising the services provided by BCaBA’s (Assistant Board Certified Behavior Analysts) or those of RBT’s (Registered Behavior Technicians) or maybe those of students in the process of becoming credentialed as a BCBA.

Here are some steps BCBA’s should consider when providing supervision of others.

  • BCBAs who provide supervision of the services provided by others are responsible for all cases of their own as well as those the BCBA is supervising.
  • The BCBA must be familiar with all cases that their supervisees are in charge of in order to provide effective supervision and training.
  • With consideration of the credential level and responsibilities of the supervisee, supervision should include training on all aspects of the ABA Service Delivery model including:
    • Assessment
    • Plan Development
    • Training
    • Plan Implementation
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Plan Revision
  • RBT’s only need to be trained on training and plan implementation while BCaBAs and BCBAs in training will need training on all steps in the delivery model.
  • BCBA’s must prioritize graphing to get accurate data and to be able to provide effective feedback and recommendations. BCBA’s should make sure that their supervisees provide quality graphs of skill acquisition and behavior reduction plans.
  • If a BCBA is unable to provide quality and effective supervision and provide enough oversight of all cases they are in charge of as well as the cases that their supervisees oversee, the BCBA should consider decreasing their caseload or re-evaluating their time commitments as it is very important to be able to provide optimal supervision for the sake of the supervisee, the client, and also the BCBA him or herself.
  • BCBA’s must only supervise or work in their area of competence.
  • BCBA’s may delegate tasks to their supervisees but should only delegate tasks the BCBA has trained their supervisee in as well as only those tasks that the supervisee can ethically complete.

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Reference: BACB. Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Supervision Requirements.

Tips for Supervision Services as a BCBA

APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2017). Tips for Supervision Services as a BCBA. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 26, 2019, from