Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach to improving and understanding behavior that is socially important. The practice of ABA involves observation by a Behavior Analyst, who will develop individualized treatment plans for each client based on the principles of behavior.
At the Center for Autism, we seek to understand the function of each of our client’s behaviors in order to create treatment plans that will focus on improving those behaviors that are socially significant and decreasing any behaviors that might interfere with the learning process.
The BACB® requires clinicians to have a master’s degree, complete 270 graduate-level hours of behavior analytic coursework, obtain over 1,000 hours of BACB®-approved clinical work, and pass the BCBA Board Certification exam. In addition, BCBAs must bi-ennually obtain 32 Continuing Education credits approved by the BACB®, including specific courses in ethics and supervision.
The BACB® requires Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, complete 180 graduate-level hours of behavior analytic coursework, obtain over 750 hours of BACB®-approved clinical work, and pass the BCaBA Board Certification exam. BCaBAs practice under the supervision of BCBAs. In addition, BCaBAs must bi-annually obtain 20 Continuing Education credits approved by the BACB®, including specific courses in ethics.
At CFA, Assistant Behavior Analysts have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and years of experience within the field of Behavior Analysis. Our Assistant Behavior Analysts are in the process of meeting the BACB® requirements to become a BCaBA or BCBA.
The BACB® requires Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) to have a minimum of a high school diploma, complete 40 hours of coursework, and meet appropriate supervision and experience requirements set by the BACB. In addition, each Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) must pass the RBT Competency Assessment. At CFA, RBTs have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, and have also completed more than 80 hours of direct ABA training. RBTs consistently pass behaviorally-based checklists scored by BCBAs, BCaBAs, and Assistant Behavior Analysts.
At CFA, Behavior Technicians have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, and have completed over 80 hours of direct ABA training. Behavior Technicians consistently pass behaviorally-based checklists scored by BCBAs, BCaBAs, and Assistant Behavior Analysts.
The BACB® stands for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB® adheres to international standards for boards that grant professional credentials. Behavioral therapy should always be led by clinicians who are board certified. For more information, please refer to the BACB® website.