Using ABA Training Opportunities During COVID-19 to Address Challenges with Cancellations and Supervision

Across the country, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practices are adjusting to the ongoing changes brought on by COVID-19 in a variety of resilient ways. Some are ready to adopt telehealth, some are providing limited home services, and in all models, ABA practices are focused on using this time to increase staff knowledge through training.

Here are some of the topics you’ll learn about:

1) How to address supervision challenges and improve skills as you fill in the gaps for all levels of clinical staff

In ABA, we know choice is a critical component for your clients diagnosed with autism- so too for practices and our staff. We will discuss:

  • How highly knowledgeable and skilled Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), and direct staff decrease the load during clinical supervision for both groups allowing clinical directors and BCBAs to focus on optimizing skills rather than teaching 1:1.
  • A targeted training model for BCBAs to provide them with clarity, focus, and a path to increased clinical knowledge and skills that suit both their interests and your organizational goals.
  • Targeted training topics that can also be used to fill in the clinical knowledge gaps for your RBTs and direct therapy team, while positioning your organization to meet a variety of client needs with greater efficiency by optimizing your BCBAs supervision time to focus on client-specific details.
  • Open ended continuing education and training opportunities that augment a targeted model to provide a wider path toward your staff’s preferences.
  • Parent Training that can be augmented any time online with skill specific ABA courses, including the segments of or the full RBT 40 hour course and you can develop organization specific parent trainings and make them accessible through your online platform.

2) How to identify and create best practice trainings and CE opportunities

Not all training and CE opportunities are created equally. Best practice training opportunities elevate the skill of the learner to maximize best practices in vivo. In the webinar, Janice McNeill will preview the best practices you can incorporate or look for as you approach ABA training internally and via electronic platform including:

  • How is the new material presented – does it facilitate learning?
  • Are practice opportunities addressed?
  • Is learning measurable?
  • Is progression defined by mastery?
  • Are maintenance and generalization opportunities included?
  • Is the course effective and efficient?

3) How to foster home-grown BCBAs and a passion for Applied Behavior Analysis

Many of us will spend more time in front of a screen during the pandemic shutdowns, so encourage your technicians to use that screen time to increase their skills and build the value they will be ready to deliver to your clients. Offer encouragement to your RBTs to review CE courses to discern their interest in further education toward pursuing a Master’s Degree and getting certified — because the best way to avoid BCBA hiring challenges in the future, is to nurture your skilled staff into home-grown BCBAs!

About the Author

Janice McNeill, BCBA, LABA
CentralReach Customer Sales Executive

Janice McNeill, MS, BCBA, LABA, entered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008. Her unique experience in business operations prior to becoming a BCBA enabled her to work at a leadership level in ABA, working in both clinical and operational roles. She joined CentralReach in 2019 to contribute on a larger scale, and has consulted with hundreds of start-ups to enterprise-level ABA businesses on day-to-day practice management, service delivery models, expansions, systems analysis, operational efficiency, effective clinical supervision, internal development of RBTs to produce more BCBAs, recruitment and retention strategies, and leadership development.