BCBA/BCaBA Mentoring

Step-In Autism Services offers Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) mentorship, fulfilling the BACB Supervised Fieldwork requirements .

SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT FIELDWORK (1500 hours BCBA, 1000 hours BCaBA): To qualify under this standard at the BCBA level, supervisees must complete 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis. To qualify under this standard at the BCaBA level, supervisees must complete 1000 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis. A supervisory period is two weeks. In order to count experience hours within any given supervisory period, supervisees must be supervised at least once during that period for no less than 5% of the total hours spent in Supervised Independent Fieldwork. For example, 20 hours of experience would include at least 1 supervised hour.

Examples of appropriate experience activities include:

•Conducting assessment activities related to the need for behavioral interventions
•Designing, implementing, and monitoring behavior analysis programs for clients and students
•Overseeing the implementation of behavior analysis programs by others
•Attending planning meetings regarding one’s worksite behavior analysis program

In addition, there are many other activities normally performed by a behavior analyst that are directly related to behavior analysis that may possibly qualify. Only a competent supervisor can determine if activities qualify.

Activities that are not appropriate as fieldwork experience activities include: attending meetings with little or no behavior analytic content, providing interventions that are not based in behavior analysis, performing non-behavior analytic administrative activities, or any other activities that are not directly related to behavior analysis.

Our mentors have accumulated years of experience in the field, understand which activities qualify, and are committed to working with every student to ensure that they can meet their fieldwork experience requirements in a practical and reasonable manner.

To serve as a supervisor, the supervisor must be a BCBA in good standing and may not be the student's relative, subordinate, or employee, during the experience period. Throughout the supervisory experience, supervisors are responsible for providing documentation for each supervisory period on a special feedback form which will require documentation of number of hours of experience, number of supervised hours, feedback on the student’s performance, the supervisor for each supervisory period, and signatures of the student and supervisor. The supervisor must review the completed feedback forms with the student for each supervisory period.

Emily Ice, BCBA and co-owner at Step-In Autism Services is an active member of University of Alaska Anchorage’s Capacity Building for Autism Interventions . This commitment includes ongoing mentorship and training with a team of BCBAs within and outside of the state. The focus of this group is mentoring prospective BCBAs in the field serving Alaska.