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Supervised Independent Fieldwork

The ABA Program at Bay Path University includes a structured supervision experience overseen by program faculty and staff (Supervision Coordinator) and conducted by a Bay Path University Supervisor.

All students enrolled in the ABA Program participate in the Bay Path supervision experience as part of graduation requirements. The supervision experience at Bay Path ABA Program fulfills the requirements for a Supervised Independent Fieldwork Experience as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®).

The supervision component of the ABA Program is completed within the following courses:

ABA 607 Pre-Supervision in ABA (0 credits): Each student identifies and proposes a site (or sites) to complete the requirements for supervision in applied behavior analysis. Attendance at 2 seminars is required during the pre-practicum. The seminar is a competency-based course which is part of the Program in Applied Behavior Analysis fulfilling the requirement for BACB© Supervision. The seminar is designed to ensure the student understands the requirements of supervision and is placed in an appropriate setting.

ABA 622-626 Supervision I in ABA (5 credits):  This is an experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Board (BACB©). During a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least twice per month for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student’s primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying behavior analytic skills related to BACB© 5th Edition Task List (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2019). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience 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. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student’s performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance management. Prerequisite: ABA 607

ABA 632-636 Supervision II in ABA (5 credits): This is an experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Board (BACB©). During a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least twice per month for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student’s primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying behavior analytic skills related to BACB© 5th Edition Task List (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2019). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience 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. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student’s performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance management. Prerequisite: 5 credits of Supervision I in ABA (ABA 622 – ABA 626)

ABA 639 Supervision III in ABA (3 credits): This is an experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Board (BACB©). During a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least twice per month for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student’s primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying behavior analytic skills related to BACB© 5th Edition Task List (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2019). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience 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. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student’s performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance management. Prerequisite: 5 credits of Supervision II in ABA (ABA 632 – ABA 636)

ABA640 Group Supervision I in ABA (3 credits): This is an experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board(BACB©), during a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least once every 2 weeks for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student's primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying new behavior analytic skills related to the BACB© 4th Edition Task List (Behavior Analyst Certification Board 2010). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience adhere to the dimensions of applied behavior analysis identified by Baer, Wold, and Risley (1968) in the article Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student's performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance measurement.

ABA 641 Supervision IV in ABA (3 credits): This is an experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Board (BACB©). During a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least twice per month for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student’s primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying behavior analytic skills related to BACB© 5th Edition Task List (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2019). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience 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. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student’s performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance management. Prerequisite: ABA 639

ABA 642 Supervision V in ABA (3 credits): This is an experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Board (BACB©). During a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least twice per month for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student’s primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying behavior analytic skills related to BACB© 5th Edition Task List (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2019). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience 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. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student’s performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance management. Prerequisite: ABA 641

ABA 643 Group Supervision II in ABA (2 credits): This is a small group experiential learning opportunity designed to fulfill the requirement for a supervised independent fieldwork experience as defined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB©). During a supervised independent fieldwork experience, students complete 2,000 hours of applied work in behavior analysis. Students are supervised at least once every 2 weeks for 5% of the total hours they spend in the supervised experience. The student's primary focus during supervision is on learning and applying new behavior analytic skills related to the BACB© 4th Edition "Task List" (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2010). Activities conducted during this supervised learning experience adhere to the dimensions of applied behavior analysis identified by Baer, Wold, and Risley (1968) in the article Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis published in the journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The assigned supervisor directly observes the student's performance and provides specific feedback related to the results of observation, work sample review, review of written work, and performance measurement. Prerequisite: ABA 640

Supervision Curriculum:
See attached for the Bay Path University Supervision Scope and Sequence

Supervision Structure:
Bay Path University provides both remote (distance) and on-site supervision. All supervision includes face-to-face meeting and intensive interaction between the supervisor and supervisee. Supervision 1 and 2 are conducted every other week during the supervision semesters, with observation, performance feedback, and case discussion occurring during a 1:1 meeting between the supervisee (student) and the Bay Path University Supervisor. Students are assigned a BPU BCBA®, either within their geographic region, or whom they meet with remotely on a secure meeting site, to conduct clinical supervision. Group Supervision is conducted on site at one of the Bay Path university campuses (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, or Concord) or remotely using a secure meeting site.

Bay Path University Supervisors:
Bay Path employs a team of qualified supervisors that provide direct supervision to students. Each supervisor receives an extensive orientation and on going training on the Bay Path Supervision Model and on the provision of effective supervision. Supervisors also receive continuous support and resources necessary to conduct effective supervision.

Quality Assurance and Monitoring of Supervision:
Bay Path University ABA Program staff conduct on-going quality control monitoring of the supervision process to assure effective and high-quality supervision is provided for each student. Evaluation of supervision include direct observation of supervision sessions, documentation review, supervisee evaluation, and independent student assessment during the supervision process.