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PDFWAC 246-805-230

Licensed assistant behavior analystSupervised experience.

(1) Prior to submitting an application to the department, an applicant for initial licensure for an LABA license shall complete a minimum of one thousand hours of supervised experience in behavior analysis.
(2) The LABA trainee must be enrolled in or have completed the requirements contained in WAC 246-805-220 to be eligible to begin the required supervised experience as an LABA trainee.
(3)(a) The LABA trainee must complete his or her supervised experience within five years of the start date of the supervised experience.
(b) When actively participating in a supervised experience, the LABA trainee must participate in supervised experience at least ten hours and no more than thirty hours per week.
(c) At least five percent of the total monthly hours of supervised experience must be under the supervision, as defined in subsection (5) of this section, of an LBA or BCBA.
(d) Supervision must be conducted at least every two weeks.
(4) A person is qualified to supervise an LABA trainee if he or she:
(a) Holds an active license in good standing as an LBA with at least one year of full-time equivalency practice; or
(b) Holds a current certification as a BCBA and meets the BACB supervisory requirements; and
(c) Is not related to, subordinate to, or employed by the LABA trainee during the supervised experience period. Employment does not include compensation received by the supervisor from the LABA trainee for supervision services.
(5) Supervision shall include:
(a) Observing and providing feedback to the LABA trainee on his or her behavior analytic activities with a client in the natural environment;
(b) Observing the LABA trainee by synchronous (real time) web camera, video conferencing, or similar means when the supervisor is not physically present; and
(c) Supervising in small groups of up to six LABA trainees for no more than half of the total supervision required in subsection (3) of this section.
(6) The LABA trainee shall perform the following activities during the supervised experience:
(a) Directly implementing behavioral programs delivering therapeutic and instructional procedures, which may not exceed fifty percent of the total accrued experience hours; and
(b) Designing and systematically monitoring behavioral programs, naturalistic observation, staff and caregiver training, researching literature related to the program, and conducting assessments related to the need for behavioral intervention.
(7) Supervised experience must include the following content areas:
(a) Ethics and professional conduct;
(b) Measurement;
(c) Experimental design;
(d) Behavior-change considerations;
(e) Fundamental elements of behavior change;
(f) Behavior-change procedures;
(g) Behavior-change systems;
(h) Problem identification;
(i) Assessment;
(j) Intervention;
(k) Implementation, management and supervision;
(l) Philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis;
(m) Verbal operants; and
(n) Respondent and operant conditioning.
(8) The supervisor and LABA trainee must develop a supervision plan before the LABA trainee begins performing any behavior analytic tasks. The supervision plan must be maintained in the LABA trainee's file for seven years after completion of supervised experience. The supervision plan shall include:
(a) Types of duties and responsibilities the LABA trainee will perform;
(b) Dates, time and duration of supervision;
(c) Type of supervision, as described in subsection (5) of this section;
(d) Brief description of supervision activities; and
(e) Signatures of both the supervisor and LABA trainee.
(9) A supervised experience under this section may be completed as part of or in addition to the LABA trainee's bachelor's degree program.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.380 RCW, RCW 18.122.050 and 43.70.250. WSR 17-08-018, § 246-805-230, filed 3/27/17, effective 4/27/17.]
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