BCBA Clinical Supervisor

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Projected Career Outlook
Salary for a BCBA Clinical Supervisor
Basic Steps to Become a BCBA Clinical Supervisor
Day in the Life of a BCBA Clinical Supervisor
Licensure, Certifications and Continuing Ed

A professional who works within the area of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) can become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by meeting a variety of education, practical experience, training and continuing education requirements. Part of the process of becoming a BCBA is reporting a certain number of working hours under a trained BCBA clinical supervisor.

To work as one of those clinical supervisors, a BCBA must complete some additional certification requirements. You will learn below how you can meet those requirements and what your job as a BCBA clinical supervisor might be like on a daily basis. One of the exciting things about achieving certification as a BCBA clinical supervisor is that it may open plenty of doors to other career opportunities within ABA fields.

The professional achievement of earning this distinction makes BCBA clinical supervisors a versatile resource for schools, educational centers and other institutions providing ABA services to children.

Projected Career Outlook

For those considering a career in Applied Behavior Analysis, the annual demand for individuals who hold BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased 1,942% since 2018, with a 127% increase from 2017 to 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for special education teachers will increase by around 8% through 2026.

Additionally, in order to maintain their BCBA certification, behavior techs need to receive a certain number of supervised hours of work under a BCBA clinical supervisor every two years, according to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts from the BACB. This means that there will always be a need for BCBA clinical supervisors in helping behavior techs to keep up with their certification requirements.

Salary for a BCBA Clinical Supervisor

Having a BCBA certification may help you to command a higher salary than other behavior technicians. Being in a clinical supervisor role is yet another way to increase your earning potential in this area.

The salary earned by BCBA clinical supervisors can vary by region and how much time the supervisor spends in a training role versus directly working with clients on behavioral issues. BCBA clinical supervisors who are employed through a public-school system can also expect a significant benefits package.

In addition, many BCBA clinical supervisors also find that they are presented with opportunities to serve as faculty members at colleges or universities in the field of behavior analysis or early childhood psychology.

Basic Steps to Become a BCBA Clinical Supervisor

A BCBA Clinical Supervisor can supervise trainees (those pursuing BCBA and BCaBA certification), or BCaBAs, with different requirements depending on the certification level of those they are supervising.

  1. A BCBA clinical supervisor must have already obtained their BCBA or BCBA-D certification, be a registered psychologist, tested in Applied Behavior Analysis and certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology.
  2. The next step in the certification process is to obtain three hours of educational courses through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
  3. In addition, a BCBA clinical supervisor must pass an eight-hour training course on BCBA competencies under the Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.

Once a BCBA clinical supervisor has become fully accredited, they will likely be sought after by school systems and other centers that are trying to become more innovative and competitive with having more BCBA certified behavior techs on their staff.

Day in the Life of a BCBA Clinical Supervisor

A BCBA clinical supervisor is charged with helping to make sure that applicants to become a BCBA have the requisite skills and experience to meet the standards. This is an incredibly rewarding responsibility because they help uphold the standards for BCBA accreditation and ensure that clients who receive services from these techs are in good hands.

You will be assigned a set number of hours for which you must supervise a BCBA applicant. Most applicants complete all of their training hours with the same BCBA clinical supervisor for convenience and continuity of training feedback. A clinical supervisor observes the tech in action while servicing clients and makes a report of their performance. Behavior techs will be very eager to receive feedback on their performance so that they can continue to improve their skills.

Proactive BCBA clinical supervisors take the time to read any data collected on the clients for which they will be observing and reporting on a behavior tech’s work. This allows the BCBA clinical supervisor to have a more comprehensive understanding of the behavioral and environmental issues that the behavior tech will be addressing with the client. Given that clinical supervisors have already worked in this field, they are well-suited to dive right into the challenges that many behavior techs encounter regularly with clients.

Licensure, Certifications and Continuing Ed

A BCBA clinical supervisor must always maintain the highest ethical standards because of their prominent role in helping to train and educate BCBA behavior techs. They also have direct contact with children and their parents. There is a two-year continuing education cycle for BCBA clinical supervisors in which they must complete a three-hour educational course on the supervisor’s role and the accreditation process. The curriculum for the training and continuing education required courses for a BCBA clinical supervisor are due to be updated in November 2019.