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Student Supervision

BCBA’s Responsibilities to the Student

The following information is from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). This describes the requirements for acceptable supervision. By signing this contract, you agree to abide by these rules. Please visit www.bacb.com for more details.

The applicant’s primary focus should be on learning new behavior analytic skills related to the BACB Fourth Edition Task List. Activities must adhere to the dimensions of applied behavior analysis identified by Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968) in the article “Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis” published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Applicants are encouraged to have experiences in multiple sites and with multiple supervisors.

Supervisor Qualifications:

During the experience period, the supervisor must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in good standing.

The supervisor may not be the applicant’s relative, subordinate or employee during the experience period. The supervisor will not be considered an employee of the applicant if the only compensation received by the supervisor from the applicant consists of payment for supervision.

The supervisor must meet the BACB requirements for supervisors, including successful completion of an 8-hour BACB-approved supervision course, and the BACB-required supervision and experience module.

Nature of Supervision:

The student is expected to work for 17-20 hours per week at their hosting agency and may not exceed 25 hours per week.

Practicum allows for 7.5%-10% of the total hours to be supervised, and a supervisory period is one week. The BCBA supervisor will be responsible for one (1) to two (2) hours of supervision per week.

Supervisors are expected to provide supervision consistent with the BACB requirements.

Supervision hours may be counted toward the total number of experience hours required.