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Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference 2020

November 13

A one-day live online  conference featuring leaders in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, Organizational Behavior Management, and Autism, to discuss critical issues in supervision important to Behavior Analysts (BCBA-Ds, BCBAs, BCaBAs & RBTs) and other professionals, such as psychologists, teachers, and special educators.

Dennis H. Reid, PhD, BCBA-D: Supervisory Strategies for Promoting Quality Performance and Staff Job Satisfaction

Supervisory Strategies for Promoting Quality Performance and Staff Job Satisfaction


This presentation will describe research-based supervisory procedures for enhancing quality work and staff satisfaction with their day-to-day jobs within human service settings. Following description of a systematic, behavior-analytic approach that promotes proficient work performance, specific strategies will be presented for using the approach in ways that also enhance staff work enjoyment. Topics to be discussed include making disliked duty assignments more preferred among staff, providing performance feedback in individually preferred ways, reducing unpleasantness associated with formal monitoring procedures, and promoting self-motivation.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the six steps of a behavioral, outcome management approach to supervision.
  • Describe three procedural steps for making disliked job tasks more desirable for staff.
  • Identify three reasons for enhancing staff work enjoyment in association with promoting proficient job performance.
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Dennis Reid has over 40 years of experience as a clinician and supervisor in educational, residential, and community support settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published over 140 behavior analytic journal articles and book chapters and authored or co-authored 12 books, five of which focus on staff training and supervision. In 2007 he was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) International Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina. He is the lead author on the AAIDD Supervisor Training Curriculum: Evidence-Based Ways to Promote Work Quality and Enjoyment Among Support Staff.

Julie M. Smith, PhD

Presenter Bio:

Julie’s hallmark is her astonishing ability to help leaders achieve “mission impossible.” She is a world-class expert in applying behavior science to achieve unprecedented results in global companies. As co-founder of Alula (formerly CLG), Julie and her colleagues pioneered the most powerful and practical organizational behavior-change approach available today, as evaluated by multiple independent benchmark studies. Hundreds of client case studies prove that this approach leads to superior strategy execution and dramatic performance improvement.

Recently, Julie co-founded Performance Ally to create enterprise software that digitally enables everyone in an organization to excel at targeted Vital Behaviors to achieve 5-Star Results. This software, Ally Assist, optimizes human actions by providing realtime guidance, performance feedback, and barrier removal. The behavioral processes and tools embedded in Ally Assist help reduce behavior variability, speed execution, and sustain any improvement.


Helena Maguire, MS, LABA, BCBA - Leadership Under Fire: Effective Supervision and Organizational Integrity - A Treatment Package for Crisis Events

Leadership Under Fire: Effective Supervision and Organizational Integrity – A Treatment Package for Crisis Events


We continue to live and work eight months under the shadow of a pandemic crisis never seen before by emerging supervisors in the field of applied behavior analysis.  The ability to provide the necessary leadership to effectively supervise and direct staff during a crisis requires the application of critical interpersonal skills and technical skills.  Attempting to respond appropriately in the technical domain while remaining compassionate to the needs of employees and maintain organizational integrity is a challenge during any health related crisis, especially if the behavioral system has not been designed to support the complexities of the human worker and their range of responses for pandemic events such as COVID-19.

For new supervisors, developing appropriate skills must be supported through a behavioral systems approach at the organization and individual level in order to strengthen professional relationships among colleagues, subordinates and other stakeholders.  Maintaining organizational integrity while balancing the needs of employees and clients may present competing priorities to supervisors.  The commitment by supervisors to ensure they have developed effective relationships with all stakeholders must begin before a crisis emerges.  The importance of practicing effective, compassionate supervision becomes paramount to successful leadership when an unexpected organizational or individual crisis occurs.

A case study review of the recent COVID-19 pandemic will be used to highlight barriers and opportunities for development of supervisors in behavior analytic organizations.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify effective organizational behavior systems necessary to develop an effective and compassionate approach to supervision.
  • Outline critical supervisory skills that should be developed, shaped and reinforced in preparation for the unexpected crisis.
  • Make recommendations at an organizational systems level for the review, development and inclusion of supervision training for all supervisors.
Presenter Bio:

Helena Maguire serves as the Executive Director of Melmark New England, a service division of Melmark, Inc., with an operating budget of over $32M. In this role, Maguire, a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, oversees the development and implementation of programs and services, as well as the daily operations for Melmark New England. She develops strategic objectives for the Massachusetts division, and provides leadership to Melmark’s highly skilled staff to assure the achievement of these objectives. Maguire supports the CEO and Board of Directors through various committees and activities and assumes responsibility for policy development, quality assurance, risk management, regulatory compliance, fiscal integrity, and excellence in care and delivery of all of Melmark’s mission-first services.

In addition to her day-to-day work overseeing Melmark New England’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, which include school-based and residential care, adult day and residential services, school and home-based consultation, professional development, graduate training programs and after school services, Maguire is also the primary liaison with state advocacy groups. Among those advocacy and legislative resources are: Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (MAAPS), Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP), Massachusetts Interagency Commission on Restraint and Seclusion and Massachusetts Association of Applied Behavior Analysis (MassABA).

Maguire also writes curriculum for and leads conferences and trainings designed to improve the quality of ABA services, not only at Melmark’s service divisions in New England, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas, but also for providers throughout the field. She has led and participated in Melmark’s Expert Speaker Series, presented at professional conferences across the country, conducted research to improve services and to advance the Melmark Model of Program Development and Clinical Treatment, and designed and led diversity seminars for internal and external audiences. Maguire has presented numerous papers on staff management and staff training techniques, both at the local level and at the national level, and is an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She also instructs a six-course graduate series on Applied Behavior Analysis.

Maguire’s professional experience includes extensive work in the field of community based human service delivery systems in Massachusetts. Her clinical expertise and interests range from staff training and supervision issues at the practitioner and organizational levels, organizational systems analysis and integrity, as well as the treatment of severe behavior challenges in children and young adults. Working with practitioners, parents, and siblings to improve the lives of their loved ones continues to be a core commitment for Ms. Maguire.

Previously, she has served as a Program Director at Vinfen Corporation and as the Director of Adult Services at the May Institute. In both of these positions, Maguire was responsible for the development and implementation of the staff orientation training curriculum, training for supervisory personnel and in-service training for all staff.

Earning her Master of Science in Human Services Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Maguire received her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) in May 2002.

Tyra Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D: Cultural Humility and Responsiveness in the Supervisory Relationship

Cultural Humility and Responsiveness in the Supervisory Relationship


Helping professions typically rely on a supervision model to train and oversee trainees and newly certified or licensed practitioners. Many professions receive direction from their governing bodies regarding the structure and content of required training and supervision; however, some individual receive little to no training in effective supervisory practices in graduate school. It is likely that supervisors will train and supervisor individuals who differ from them, in terms of their culture and background. Attending to cultural humility and responsiveness in the supervisory relationship may enhance the effectiveness of supervisory practices and result in a more positive experience for both parties. This talk will focus on describing cultural humility and responsiveness in the context of clinical supervision and provide some strategies and resources for supervisors.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different between cultural competence and cultural humility.
  • Identify at least 3 resources for conducting self-evaluations.
  • Identify at least 2 strategies for engaging in culturally responsive supervision.
Presenter Bio:

Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Director of Ethics at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. Her professional and research interests focus on professional ethics, training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, variability, and verbal behavior. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities in a wide variety of settings. Tyra has served as a board member in various positions, for the Utah Association of Behavior Analysis. She currently serves as an associate editor for two journals and is on the editorial board for a third.

Nicole Gravina, PhD

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Nicole Gravina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Florida.  She specializes in designing behaviorally-based workplace interventions that improve employee safety, healthcare delivery, and leadership and consulting skills.  In addition to her faculty appointment, Nicole has consulted in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, human services, manufacturing, public utilities, insurance, and grocery distribution.  She has published over 30 articles and book chapters and delivered over 100 presentations, trainings, and workshops.  In 2019, she was honored with the APA Early Career Innovation Award in Consulting Psychology. 

Kelley Harrison, PhD, BCBA

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Kelley Harrison is a board certified behavior analyst who received her PhD from the University of Kansas in Behavioral Psychology in 2018. Following completion of her PhD, Kelley completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Trumpet Behavioral Health, a company that provides behavior therapy services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Presently, Kelley is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Kelley’s areas of expertise include the application of behavioral principles to the early childhood education setting, including inclusive classrooms and early intervention classrooms, as well as the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Her research interests include increasing compliance with heath care routines, increasing communication for individuals with developmental disabilities, and improving early childhood education practices. Kelley also serves as the chair for the Professional Development Board for the Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis.

Location - Now Live Online

Now an Online Live Conference* 

We are so happy to be able to continue to offer this incredible opportunity to see some of the world’s top experts in the field present together on one day. Presented through our strategic partner, ABAC, participants will have a fully inclusive experience with no links to worry about with a personal portal where they will enter the conference. Certificates are available in the portal, no waiting for an email. Limited access recordings of the events will be available in addition to the resources provided by our speakers.

We are confident that our partner ABAC, a company with over 6 years experience and close to 400 live events hosted, will provide a high-quality experience our conference attendees expect from CCBS. 

Join us for what will be a truly unique Supervision conference experience with our six invited speakers!

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Continuing Education Opportunities

BACB® Learning CEs and Psychology CE Credits (Includes Licensed psychologists, school psychologists, and EdDs/educational psychologists) 

APA Approved Sponsor

BACB® Learning CEs (TBD: The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Learning CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer Learning CE units for this conference.

APA Approved Sponsor

APA Approved Sponsor

Psychology CE Credits (TBD)

Amego Prepare is a co-sponsor of this conference for Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists. Amego Prepare is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. *Attendees must be present during the entire conference.

**It is attendee’s responsibility to check with their State and Professional organization to confirm all CE offerings.

Presented by

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™ in cooperation with the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, The University of Kansas.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

Special thanks to Amego Prepare and the University of West Florida, Center for Behavior Analysis for expanding our continuing education offerings.

University of West Florida, Office of ABA

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University of Kansas
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