By Nancy Langdon
Many of us at PBS wear the hat of “supervisor” or “supervisee.” These relationships are often formal arrangements with parameters specified by an outside organization, like the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). In this month’s training, Kaarin Anderson Ryan and Nancy Langdon discussed the effectiveness of supervision.
We are fortunate to work with practitioners from multiple disciplines, including Behavior Analysts, Certified Teachers, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and Social Workers. While each profession has its own supervision guidelines, there are a number of commonalities among them. A general goal of supervision is to promote the growth and development of the supervisee through teaching. Protection of the client is an essential component of supervision. The supervisor must monitor the performance of trainees and act as a gatekeeper for the profession. Finally, the supervisor needs to empower the supervisee to practice independently. Historically, supervision was assumed to be almost “osmotic”-- that is, the supervisee absorbed information from the supervisor just through discussion. Today, supervision is recognized as a distinct competency, with a new emphasis on training a supervisor how to supervise.
By John Innis
In 2020, COVID 19 turned our lives upside down and inside out. This was a universally shared, yet individually experienced reality. Universally shared, in that everyone’s daily lives had been impacted. Individually experienced, as we have learned is that two people can have very different ways of responding to and coping with the stressors that come with changes. One friend, a cancer-survivor, had not been out of her house in a year except to walk her dog for 10 minutes a day and is mostly miserable. Another friend, a computer programmer, tells me that his life has changed very little because he was always an isolator anyway. Personally, I experienced alternating periods of relative “ok-ness” and abject grief and all shades in-between. I know a number of individuals I support who prefer having the built-in rationale for isolation that the pandemic has afforded them! Everyone is different in their response.