LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A SUCCESSFUL STAFF TRAINING AND SUPERVISION PLAN
Prior to implementing a plan to help staff change a center’s activities from nonmeaningful to meaningful, three general actions are required. These involve identifying the lead change agent, enlisting the support of executive personnel in the agency, and recruiting the supervisors of front-line staff to be involved in the plan’s implementation. Carrying
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out these actions is usually critical for the subsequent staff training and supervision plan to be successful.
Identifying the Lead Change Agent
Before the staff training and supervision plan is developed, a decision will be needed regarding who will serve as the lead change agent in the process. As discussed in Chapter 3, An Evidence-Based Protocol for Improving the Meaningful Utility of Center-Based Activities, carrying out the plan will involve a number of behavioral procedures such that it is advantageous for a certified behavior analyst to take the lead role. If there is no behavior analyst employed by the agency either full time or in a consulting capacity, another supervisor or clinician who has a behavioral background could take the lead role. For the sake of simplicity, whoever fulfills the role of lead change agent will be referred to as the clinician throughout the remainder of this chapter.