The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has announced the newest credential, the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), to establish training standards for behavior technicians and paraprofessionals who implement behavior plans directly with clients. The RBT credential will complement the BCBA-D, BCBA, and BCaBA credentials as an entry-level program that reflects the education and training necessary for the duties of a behavior technician. Individuals with the RBT credential will be responsible for implementing, not designing, the behavior plans designed by their supervisors.
We are pleased to announce that the WWA staff will be RBT certified by January of 2015. All of our direct services staff will complete the 40-hour training and successfully pass the RBT competency assessment, comprised of the core concepts of applied behavior analysis, in order to ensure the highest standards of care for our clients. This comprehensive training will be conducted by the WWA Director of BCBA services, with the intent of incorporating the critical thinking skills necessary to successfully implement applied behavior analysis with our WWA clients. The work of our direct services staff, henceforth referred to as RBTs, will continue to be monitored on a regular basis through on-site supervision. Consistent supervision and feedback provided to the RBTs will ensure that the core concepts and strategies taught in the RBT training are meticulously executed and tailored to the individual needs of each client.
The professional development of our staff is a priority at Working With Autism. We strive to supervise individuals working towards their BCBA certification, by ensuring their success in passing the BCBA exam, as well as facilitating a successful application of these concepts within their Working With Autism intervention programs.
Our BCBA supervision is conducted with the intent of preparing our staff for the BCBA exam, in addition to developing the critical thinking skills necessary to successfully implement Applied Behavior Analysis with our WWA families. BCBA supervision is provided in a group setting, and on an individual basis. This supervision is designed to teach, review, and provide open discussions concentrating on ABA principles through the use of Power Point presentations, mock exams and vignettes, videos, and in vivo demonstrations. Participants are given group exercises in addition to the opportunities of practicing “behavior speak” in order to promote fluency of the terminology and execution of behavior principles. The individual component of our BCBA staff supervision targets the use of the concepts discussed during the group, and the direct implementation of these concepts to the specific practices in the field.
Since the inception of our BCBA training model, Working With Autism has experienced a high level of success in the passing rates of our staff taking the BCBA exam. We look forward to the ongoing mentorship and professional development of our staff, as we are passionate about making a significant impact in the treatment of autism.
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