Consulting Supervision for New BCBAs Supervising Fieldwork
Consult with your consulting BCBA supervisor for 1-hour per month until you have been a certified BCBA for at least one year. The consultation meeting will be online, synchronous and one-on-one. You will receive guidance and professional development for facilitating high-quality supervision of your trainees.
Beginning January 1, 2002, if an individual in their first year as a BCBA is providing supervision to trainees accruing fieldwork toward BCBA and BCaBA certification, they are required to have a qualified, consulting supervisor meet with them every month to provide guidance on effective supervision practices.
Qualifications. Your consulting supervisor has been an active BCBA with no disciplinary sanctions who has been certified for a least five years and meets the ongoing supervision CEU requirement. Your consulting supervisor will have an established history of providing high-quality supervision to trainees.
Training. Your consulting supervisor will have completed an 8-hour supervision training before providing any consultation.
Consulting Supervisor/New Supervisor Relationship. Your consulting supervisor will not be related to, subordinate to, or employed by the new supervisor during the consultation period. Employment does not include compensation paid to the consulting supervisor by the supervisor for consultation services. Please review the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts for related standards.
Consultation Amount and Structure. The new supervisor will consult with the consulting supervisor for at least one hour per month until the new supervisor has been certified for at least one year. The consultation meeting will be synchronous and one-on-one (online meetings are permitted).
Consultation Contract. The BACB strongly encourages each consulting supervisor and the new supervisor to develop, review, sign, and retain a consultation contract before starting the consultation (specifying the duration of consultation, conditions for signing, etc.).
Nature of Consultation
The purpose of consultation is to provide you with guidance and professional development for facilitating high-quality supervision of trainees. Consultation might include discussing the Supervised Fieldwork Standards, the guidelines provided in the 8-hour supervision training, the Code, and ways to provide high-quality supervision to trainees. For example, consultations might include discussions regarding:
• Creating a positive, collaborative supervision relationship with trainees and identifying and resolving problems in the supervisory relationship
• Developing organizational and time management systems for supervision activities
• Identifying non-behavior-analytic specific skills that a trainee needs to develop (e.g., problem solving, interpersonal and therapeutic relationship skills, learning-to-learn skills)
• Establishing a supervision curriculum
• Evaluating the effects of supervision
• Developing supervision contracts
Consequences of Not Receiving Consultation
Any new BCBA found to be substantially noncompliant with supervision requirements may be subject to restrictions on their ability to provide supervision or action against their certification (e.g., summary suspension of their certification or eligibility to recertify). A Notice of Alleged Violation may be submitted against the new BCBA supervisor or consulting supervisor if they do not comply with these requirements.