November Workshops

Supervision and Ethics

Date: 8 November 2018

Venue: University College London, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP (Ground Floor Lecture Theatre – G03).

Registration: Registration for this event is now CLOSED.



Part 1: 10:00-12:30 Tackling Your Toughest Supervision Issues (3 CEUs)Dr Emma Hawkins (Jigsaw School) & Prof Jennifer Austin (University of South Wales)

12:30-1:30: Lunch (on your own)

Part 2: 1:30-5:30 (break from 3:00-3:30) Beyond the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code:  An Approach to Ethical Reasoning in Applied Behaviour Analysis (4 CEUs) – Dr Elin Walker Jones (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board) & Dr Sandy Toogood (Independent Behaviour Analyst)

About Our Speakers

Dr Emma Hawkins (PhD, PGCE, BCBA-D) is the Headteacher, Director of Education, and CABAS Senior Behaviour Analyst at the Jigsaw School in Surrey.  She has extensive experience supervising and mentoring up-and-coming behaviour analysts and regularly leads workshops for BCBAs across the UK.  Emma is also an active researcher, with specific interests in early autism intervention and acquisition of complex verbal behaviour.

Prof Jenn Austin (PhD, BCBA-D) leads the postgraduate programmes in Behaviour Analysis at the University of South Wales.  She developed the first university-based practicum course in the UK and has cultivated a range of placements aimed demonstrating the scope of behaviour analytic work across such settings as mainstream schools, pupil referral units, foster homes, and prisons.  She served as UK-SBA’s first president and now chairs the UK-SBA Events Committee.  Jenn is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Dr Elin Walker Jones (D.Clin.Psy., BCBA-D) is a consultant clinical psychologist for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, working with children with learning disabilities and autism. Until recently, she was a part-time lecturer on the Master’s course in ABA/PBS at Bangor University and she continues to provide clinical experience for ABA students. Elin is known for her work in ethics, as well as promoting cultural, linguistic and diversity issues in ABA, including creating Welsh medium ABA terminology and providing Welsh medium teaching for students. Elin taught Ethics at Bangor University and continues to provide ethics workshops for behaviour analysts.

Dr Sandy Toogood (BCBA-D, FHEA) is an independent behaviour analyst, service design consultant, and clinical supervisor, specialising in the support of children and adults whose behaviour challenges services. Until recently, Sandy was part-time Senior Lecturer in ABA and Positive Behavioural Support at Bangor University. Sandy is known for his work on Active Support and later Positive Behavioural Support. He also has an interest in the ethics of behaviour analysis and intervention, and has run workshops for behaviour analysts on these topics.

About the Workshops

Part 1 – Tackling Your Toughest Supervision Issues 

Have you ever encountered supervisees that had difficult taking or responding to feedback?  What about those with a good understanding of the science but poor interpersonal skills?  Have you ever wondered if maybe you’re over-guiding your supervisees?  This workshop will examine some of the toughest (and most common) supervision issues and how to deal with them systematically and scientifically.  In addition to providing a forum for discussing supervision issues, the session will signpost attendees to a range of supervision resources that can improve the process for both supervisees and supervisors.  This session also will describe the BACB’s recent changes to supervision requirements and documentation, which go into effect in January 2019.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe common supervisee behaviours that may interfere with development of behaviour analytic competencies
  • Describe common supervisor behaviours that may adversely affect the supervision process
  • Describe approaches to analysing and intervening on supervision problems using behaviour analytic strategies
  • Describe the BACB’s new supervised experience and documentation requirements

Part 2 – Beyond the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code:  An approach to Ethical Reasoning in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Ethics is pervasive and at the heart of everything we do. The effectiveness of behaviour analytic approaches in changing behaviours of social significance has been demonstrated unequivocally; however, questions as to when, how and where it is appropriate to intervene are increasingly the focus of attention within the behaviour analytic community. It is no longer a case of can we, but should we — and if so, who says we should?

Codes of conduct attempt to prescribe ethical conduct for a profession or group. They do not, however, fully address every ethical dilemma a clinician may face, nor do they adequately facilitate reflective ethical practice or support rational, principled decision-making in specific case and on specific issues (e.g., the use of punishment contingencies). This workshop will explore how the Ethical Grid (Seedhouse, 2009), developed to help clinicians reason the ethics of health care, has utility in behaviour analysis.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the value of ethical reflection in providing behaviour analytic services
  • Verbally reflect on their own ethical decision making strategies
  • Estimate the value of the Ethical Grid (Seedhouse, 2009) to reason complex clinical ethical issues
  • Use some of Seedhouse’s constructs to verbally describe ethical decision making processes for behaviour analysts