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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 Applied Behavior Analysis (0 credits) - a required orientation to the experience standards of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and the Bay Path University supervision model. This orientation is completed on line;

ABA 608: Supervision 1 in Applied Behavior Analysis (5 credits) - students accrue experience hours in an approved setting with direct, 1:1 supervision from a Bay Path University Supervision and BCBA®, conducting structured supervision activities outlined in the Bay Path Supervision curriculum, including implementation of behavioral tactics and procedures, conducting behavioral assessment, observation and measurement of behavior, program development, data analysis, research and literature review, and case conceptualization and discussion;

ABA 609: Supervision 2 in Applied Behavior Analysis (5 credits) - students accrue experience hours in an approved setting with direct, 1:1 supervision from a Bay Path University Supervision and BCBA®, conducting structured supervision activities outlined in the Bay Path Supervision curriculum, including implementation of behavioral tactics and procedures, conducting behavioral assessment, observation and measurement of behavior, program development (including programming for generalized outcomes), data analysis (including the use of single-subject experimental designs), research and literature review, and case conceptualization and discussion;

ABA 610: Supervision 3 in Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits) - taken concurrently with Group 1 in Applied Behavior Analysis, students accrue experience hours in an approved setting with direct, 1:1 supervision from a Bay Path University Supervisor and BCBA®, conducting structured supervision activities outlined in the Bay Path Supervision curriculum. In this semester, supervision activities focus on conducting behavioral assessment, measurement and data analysis, program development, clinical decision making, peer training, and case conceptualization and discussion;

ABA 620: Group 1 in Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits) - taken concurrently with Supervision 3 in Applied Behavior Analysis, students accrue experience hours in an approved setting with direct small-group supervision from a Bay Path University Supervisor and BCBA®. In this course, supervision activities focus on conducting behavioral assessment, peer and staff training, measurement and data analysis, decision-making, and presentation of program planning and assessment results. A portion of this course is devoted to examination preparation; a qualifying exam is given at the end of this semester;

ABA 611: Supervision 4 in Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits) - take concurrently with Group 2 in Applied Behavior Analysis, students accrue experience hours in an approved setting with direct small-group supervision from a Bay Path University Supervisor and BCBA®. In this course, supervision activities focus on conducting behavioral assessment, peer and staff training, measurement and data analysis, decision-making, and presentation of program planning and assessment results. A portion of this course is devoted to examination preparation; a qualifying exam is given at the end of this semester;

ABA 621: Group 2 in Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits) - taken concurrently with Supervision 4 in Applied Behavior Analysis, students accrue experience hours in an approved setting with direct small-group supervision from a Bay Path University Supervisor and BCBA®. In this course, supervision activities focus on conducting behavioral assessment, peer and staff training, measurement and data analysis, decision-making, and presentation of program planning and assessment results. A portion of this course is devoted to examination preparation; a qualifying exam is given at the end of this semester;

ABA 612: Supervision 5 in Applied Behavior Analysis (1-5 credits) - offered for students who need additional support or clinical experience, make-up experience hours, or additional support with exam preparation

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

Supervision Structure:
Bay Path University provides face-to-face supervision, as well as remote supervision. 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 BCBA® within their geographic region, who is employed by Bay Path University, to conduct clinical supervision. During Supervision 3 and 4, supervision meetings may be conducted via on line conferencing, with the approval of the Program Director. Group Supervision is conducted on site at one of the Bay Path university campuses (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, or Concord) or remotely.

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.