Alternative Behavior Strategies (ABS) has an extensive, ongoing program of training for their staff. I recently talked with Joe Dixon (Clinical Director at ABS) about staff training. Joe and Jeff Skibitsky (Executive Clinical Director at ABS) meet weekly with all of our consultants and lead behavior interventionists and one of the aspects of these meetings is to assess training needs and the effectiveness of current training materials and programs. From these assessments Joe develops training sessions: twice monthly for Consultants and Lead Behavior Interventionists and once a month for all Behavior Interventionists.
All of this training centers around Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a well-developed discipline among the helping professions, with a mature body of scientific knowledge, established standards for evidence-based practice, distinct methods of service, recognized experience and educational requirements for practice, and identified sources of requisite education in universities.
Recently, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has established a certification process for Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), the role which our Behavior Interventionists currently fulfill at ABS. We are currently working to develop testing materials for this BACB certification process at Alternative Behavior Strategies and we intend for all ABS Interventionists to become Registered Behavior Technicians.
As the Board explains,
The RBT credential will complement the BCBA and BCaBA credentials as an entry-level program that reflects the education and training necessary for the duties of a behavior technician. The RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA (“designated RBT supervisor”). The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behavior-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. The RBT may also collect data and conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., stimulus preference assessments). The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the designated RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The designated RBT supervisor is ultimately responsible for the work performed by the RBT.
The RBT training/certification covers all of the tasks and subtasks in the RBT Task List and the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts that have been designated as being relevant for behavior technicians.