QASP-S® Supervision Requirements

Our Qualified Autism Services Practitioner – Supervisor (QASP-S®) supervision requirement supports our mission to ensure best practice across QABA’s three-tiered model. QASP-S®s provide services under the ongoing supervision of higher certificants. This close supervision provides both oversight for clients and serves to help QASP-S®s expand their skills under the tutelage of experienced practitioners.

Supervision must be documented using the QABA supervision log and verification forms located under the Forms section on the QABA website. Supervision must be validated and completed by a qualified supervisor and is the responsibility of the QASP-S® to maintain documentation.

Valid Supervisors include:

  • QBA®
  • Certified Behavior Analyst from an accredited certifying body
  • A licensed practitioner within the scope of ABA, state licensed practitioner within the scope of ABA (e.g., Licensed Behavior Analyst, a licensed psychologist who is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology who was tested in ABA)

Supervision Hours

Each QASP-S® is required to meet with his or her supervisor for 5% of the time they provide behavior analytic services every 3-month period for the first 1000 hours of fieldwork. Supervision can be done remotely, using a HIPAA compliant video conferencing program; however, one contact must be one-to-one in-person for a minimum of 1 hour. Once the QASP-S® has completed 1000 hours of fieldwork, the rate of supervision is reduced to 2% of every 3-month period upon approval of their supervisor. One contact must be one-to-one in person for a minimum of 1 hour. 50% of supervision hours may occur in a group setting.

When in-person supervision requirement places a hardship on the service provider or supervisor, or jeopardizes the provision of services, contact [email protected] to request a variance of this requirement. All variances are reviewed by the QABA Board for approval.

Supervision Activity

Supervisors communicate performance expectations and evaluate QASP-S®s for overall performance. The supervisor must determine which activities qualify for fieldwork hours and if they reflect QABA standards. Through observation and modeling, they provide ongoing behavioral skills training and continual performance feedback. Supervisors model best practice in all aspects of the ABA field, including technical, professional performance and ethical behavior. Supervisors record data and monitor daily progress of QASP-S®’s adherence to and delivery of client behavior therapy plans.

Supervision activities may include the following:

  • Performing assessments such as functional assessment, preference assessment, staff performance assessment; or assessments used for evaluating behavior intervention
  • Implementing and systematically monitoring skill-acquisition and behavior reduction programs through data collection
  • Creating behavior plans, clinic notes, progress summaries, etc.
  • Attending planning meetings regarding the behavior analytic program and talking to individuals about the program
  • Collecting data for the assessments related to the need for behavior intervention
  • Training others, designing behavior plans, performance management
  • Overseeing the implementation of behavior analytic programs
  • Communication and cooperation skills with stakeholders and other professionals

Supervisor Eligibility Requirements

Supervisors must complete QABA’s required supervisory coursework before providing supervision of QASP-S®s. All supervisors must possess current credentials and fulfilled the requirements as outlined in the candidate handbooks on the QABA website