2019 MOABA Conference

Tyra Sellers, J.D., Ph.D., BCBA-D

Tyra Sellers, J.D., Ph.D., BCBA-D

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


About the Presenter

Dr. Tyra Sellers works in the Legal Department at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board; she received her Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2011 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities, spanning from EIBI through adult services in a wide variety of settings (public and non-public schools, vocational settings, in-home, clinics). Her research interests include ethics, effective supervision, behavior variability, choice, functional analyses, and behavioral interventions.

Friday November 15, 2019

Taking a Functional Approach to Persistent Staff Performance Issues Using the Performance Diagnostic Checklist – Human Services

Abstract: Supervisors are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance of those they supervise and are likely to encounter some performers who exhibit persistent performance issues. Therefore, it is necessary to employ systematic diagnostic procedures to evaluate persistent performance issues and develop interventions matched to the identified barriers. This talk reviews the Performance Diagnostic Checklist – Human Services, an evidence-based functional assessment tool to identify functional barriers to desired performance and function-matched performance management interventions and related research.

Saturday November 16, 2019 - AM Workshop Option 2

(Supervision CEU)

Planning to Provide Effective Supervision- How to Unicorn Your Supervisory Practices

Abstract: In the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, the responsibilities of supervisors are far reaching and serve critical functions. Supervisors must ensure that clients are safe and receiving high quality services. Supervisors are also responsible for shaping the behavior analytic knowledge and skills of trainees, individuals post certification, as well as other involved in program delivery, such as caregivers and other professionals. And whether supervisors are aware of it or not, their supervisory practices will directly impact the behavior of those who will serve in a supervisory role in the near or distant future. In this workshop we will work to develop an understanding of the critical features and components of providing high quality supervision. We will take a broad approach to supervision to include all activities wherein an individual is responsible for the training and performance oversite of another person. To that end, we will cover: the need to engage in self-reflection and evaluation and to develop cultural humility, strategies for establishing a strong foundation for supervision in the first few meetings, consideration for taking a competency-based approach to supervisory activities, and why it is important to address more than just behavior analytic content in supervision.