Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #264
CE Offered: BACB — 
The Essential Need for RBT's in Schools
Sunday, May 27, 2018
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom G
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Roz Prescott, M.A.
Chair: Christina Whalen (RethinkEd)
XIOMARA LEE (Denver Public Schools)
KATHLEEN QUAGLINO (Stamford Public Schools)

Although many clinical practices are requiring the Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) credential, it is still uncommon to see RBT's working in the schools. Teachers and paraprofessionals can benefit from the RBT credential to give them the basic ABA knowledge that they need to manage behavior, develop IEP goals, build skills in students, and further their own careers. Select schools in the U.S. are embracing the RBT credential and working to provide the training and supervision for their teachers and paraprofessionals. Schools face certain barriers to doing this such as professional development time (particularly for paraprofessionals), cost, and buy-in from district leadership. This panel will discuss the essential needs for RBTs in the school system, the barriers to training and supervision, and challenges in scaling district wide. The ethical considerations for schools will be discussed as well as future directions for providing schools with the education and tools that they need to give teachers and paraprofessionals the ABA training that they need. School districts from Colorado and Connecticut will present their data and procedures for RBTs in their districts, as well as how they plan to utilize RBTs with students, and expand opportunities for staff to get the credential.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts of all levels working within school districts or working with school districts.

Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to describe the specific issues in school districts related to getting staff RBT certified. 2) Participants will be able to discuss potential solutions for providing RBT training and preparing staff for getting a credential. 3) Participants will be able to discuss potential solutions for supervision of RBT's in school districts. 4) Participants will be able to identify the benefits of the RBT credential for students, staff, school leadership, and parents.
Keyword(s): Paraprofessionals, Professional Development, RBT Credential, Teachers



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