What is the Difference Between Direct, Indirect, and Non-direct Supervisors?

This article will review the distinction between direct, indirect, and non-direct supervisors.

Often in clinical practice, behavior technicians are supported by multiple different individuals. That is, in addition to a direct supervisor, they may also have an indirect or non-direct supervisor. 

  • An indirect supervisor is anyone who supports the direct supervisor (e.g., a clinical supervisor). 
  • A non-direct supervisor is anyone at the organization who may observe sessions, complete assessments, or assign tasks to individuals (e.g., training director).

Below is a list of tasks that each type of supervisor can perform in BSTperform. 

Task

Direct

Indirect

Non-direct

Assessor

View performance

X

X

X

 

Create an observation

X

X

X

X

View an observation

X

X

X

X

Create an assessment

X

X

X

X

View an assessment

X

X

X

X

Create a success plan

X

X

   

View a success plan

X

X

   

Create a goal plan

X

     

View a goal plan

X

X X  

Assign a task

X

X X  

 

There is a new supervisory relationship that has been added to the system: an assessor. An assessor has the ability to create an observation or assessment for those they have a supervisory relationship with. When viewing the observation or assessment data they will only be able to see those that they completed. This allows for users who are learning to be supervisors to work in the system as one, without seeing all data for those they have a supervisory relationship with.