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Being a Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) involves providing ethical and high-quality applied behavior analysis services. RBTs receive training and supervision from Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs), who have more expertise and education in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This article will explore the experience of being an RBT.

A Day in the Life of an RBT

There are various factors that contribute to an RBT’s experience, including the specific clients they work with and the company they are employed by. However, there are commonalities in the day-to-day life of an RBT or behavior therapist.

The First Few Weeks

When starting in the ABA field, an RBT undergoes intensive training and guidance. The goal is to develop foundational skills necessary to provide quality care to clients. Resources and support are provided to enhance their ability to deliver effective and ethical services, regardless of their prior experience in ABA or working with children on the autism spectrum.

Four Training Components for the RBT Position

  1. RBT Training:
    Therapists without RBT credentials complete a 40-hour training program. This knowledge-based and hands-on training improves their understanding and application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Later, they are assessed on their ability to apply what they’ve learned.

  2. Administrative Training:
    In addition to ABA, RBTs receive training in administrative tasks, such as understanding training manuals, ABA software, and company-related information. This allows them to effectively interact with clients at the center.

  3. Clinical Training:
    RBTs receive clinical training to apply ABA concepts and strategies when working with clients, particularly those with autism. During the initial weeks, RBTs learn and practice skills related to building strong relationships with clients, creating a fun learning environment, analyzing challenging behaviors, and documenting progress through objective data collection. They also collaborate with other center staff to improve the quality of life for families.

  4. Field Training:
    Apart from clinical training, RBTs shadow and observe experienced employees, typically other RBTs. This hands-on learning opportunity allows them to demonstrate specific clinical skills, including setting up sessions, using ABA strategies, implementing skill acquisition trials, and documenting session progress. The trainer ensures the RBT develops the necessary skills to perform their job effectively.

  5. Ongoing Training:
    RBTs at Behavioral Innovations continually receive training to enhance the quality of services provided. Regular meetings with supervisors for feedback and guidance are conducted, and RBTs actively participate in staff meetings and company activities. The Behavioral Innovations RBT Career Ladder provides opportunities for career advancement within the company.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

RBTs engage in various tasks as part of their role. Here are some things they can expect on a typical day:

  • Preparing for Sessions:
    Upon arrival at the center, RBTs gather materials, review data from previous sessions, and prepare for upcoming sessions customized by BCBAs for each client.

  • Following a Daily Session Schedule:
    RBTs adhere to a daily schedule developed by the BCBA for each client. The schedule varies depending on the individual strengths and weaknesses of the client. RBTs systematically address communication, language, social, academic, and self-help skills through fun and motivating activities.

  • A Highly Active Job:
    Working with younger children requires RBTs to be physically active. They engage in play and need to manage challenging behaviors effectively.

  • Contact with Other Staff:
    RBTs have daily contact with center administrators, clinical operations managers, BCBAs, and other RBTs. They also interact with parents or guardians during pick-up and drop-off.

  • Challenging Behaviors:
    RBTs may encounter challenging behaviors from clients, depending on the severity of their conditions. They receive training and support in handling these behaviors compassionately and effectively.

  • Following Treatment Plans:
    RBTs must follow treatment plans precisely. These plans outline the clinical programs developed to meet the unique needs of each client. Adhering to the treatment plan is essential for delivering quality ABA services.

Being an RBT is both challenging and rewarding. RBTs have the opportunity to make a real and life-changing difference for their clients. If you’re interested in joining Behavioral Innovations’ growing team, please contact us at 855-782-7822 or email [email protected].

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