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CTABA 14th Annual (2018) Pre-Conference Workshops

Date: March 1, 2018 at 08:00 am to 07:00 pm
Venue: Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06103

Laura B. Turner, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Initial 8-Hour Supervision Workshop: Becoming an Effective and Ethical Behavior Analytic Supervisor

Abstract: Individuals seeking to formally supervise those pursuing certification as a Board Certified or Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCBAs or BCaBAs) or practicing as a BCaBA or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) are required to complete an 8-hour, competency-based supervisor training. This 8-hour training is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline (BACB, 2012; note that this training is offered independent of the BACB), Ethical and Professional Compliance Code (BACB, 2014), Experience Standards (most recently updated October 2017), and behavior analytic literature on competency-based supervision practices (e.g., LeBlanc & Luiselli, 2016; Turner, Fischer & Luiselli, 2016; Turner, 2017). Content covered will include the purpose of supervision, the important features of supervision, Behavioral Skills Training, delivering performance feedback, evaluating the effects of supervision, and ongoing professional development. Participants will experience a variety of learning modalities, including lecture, structured discussion, group activities and role plays. 


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to:
  • 1.      State the importance of supervision
  • 2.      Identify components of effective behavior analytic supervision
  • 3.      Implement a procedural checklist for structuring the first supervision session
  • 4.      Comprehensively assess and develop clear behavioral targets for supervisee behavior analytic, professional and ethical skillsets
  • 5.      Utilize Behavioral Skills Training to teach a variety of skills
  • 6.      Provide effective positive and corrective feedback
  • 7.      Utilize methods to evaluate supervisory effectiveness and supervisee satisfaction and growth
  • 8.      List methods for maintaining competency as a supervisor


Melissa Hunsinger-Harris, BCBA, LABA

Kristen Serwecki, BCBA, LABA


Title: Do As I Say and As I Do:

Evidence-Based Practice in Supervision

Abstract:  This workshop will provide a review of current research and application of evidence-based supervision practices.   Content will be geared toward supervision provided both in vivo and remotely.  Participants will learn how to develop and enhance the quality of their supervision and the outcomes for their supervisees as well as problem solve potential issue that commonly arise through the supervision experience.  Participants will also be provided an opportunity to have hands on experience through case conceptualization and learning demonstrations to enhance the application of BACB supervision requirements ( Participants will leave the session with both resources and a self-developed action plan to begin using in their own supervision practices.  CEs available for this workshop satisfy the BACB©’s requirement for 3 Supervision CEs per recertification cycle.


  • Participants will acquire skills to implement and problem solve supervision experiences using current research and best-practices in supervision both in person and remotely;
  •  Participants will engage in hands-on learning activities during simulated tasks todemonstrate fluency of skills;
  • Participants will develop an action plan for implementing evidence-based supervision.


Mark Dixon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Building the Social and Emotional Repertoires of Children with Autism and Related Disabilities using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Mark Dixon will take the attendees on a journey into the fascinating world of Acceptance and Commitment and how to apply it to children with a wide variety of social and emotional challenges. The presentation will showcase the data, treatments, and outcomes from a variety of research studies and trace the history of these data back to a tiny school in rural Illinois that did the unexpected – rebuilt itself from the ground up with ACT serving as its foundational core. At this school, students start each day with group ACT activities and practice the therapeutic techniques throughout the entire school day. A growing number of replication sites have started, and the outcomes have been dramatic. Higher GPAs, better attendance, and a feeling of belonging in children that have struggled for years. Following the success of the first school, the treatment approach was retooled for a variety of childhood summer day camps. Dixon will discuss all aspects of these amazingly novel education settings, including staff and administration buy-in, training for personnel, student progress monitoring, and clinical outcomes.

Attendees will gain:

  • A historical understanding of ACT and its empirical and conceptual foundations in Relational Frame Theory 
  • Knowledge of the various elements of ACT, how to describe these separate processes, and awareness of how they interact together
  • Ability to apply various ACT techniques to children across K-12 settings
  • How ACT implementation and the scope of practice of a behavior analyst is navigated effectively
  • How ACT can be applied to staff and caregivers working with children


Ticket Type Price Quantity
Laura Turner 8-hr Supervision Laura Turner (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 8 CEUs) (Sold out) $ 100.00
Melissa Hunsinger-Harris 3-hr Supervision (4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; 3 CEUs) (Sold out) $ 45.00
Mark Dixon 6-hr ACT Workshop (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 6 CEUs) (Sold out) $ 90.00

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