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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #156
CE Offered: BACB
Training Registered Behavior Technicians: Considerations for Curriculum, Competence and Collaboration
Sunday, May 24, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
205 (CC)
Area: TBA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: John D. Molteni, Ph.D.
Chair: Nicole C Groskreutz (University of Saint Joseph)
JOHN D. MOLTENI (University of Saint Joseph)
LAURA B. TURNER (University of Saint Joseph)
ANDREA B. COURTEMANCHE (University of Saint Joseph)

The initiation of the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential by the BACB has provided an important framework for the training of front line staff that provide behavior analytic services. The framework lists the competencies that must be mastered before one can become an RBT. The development of a competency-based curriculum (e.g., task analysis) and implementing training methods consistent with behavior analytic principles (e.g., Behavioral Skills Training) are skills that should be a skillset that most behavior analysts possess. What can vary between programs is the means by which the curriculum is delivered (e.g., in-vivo or online), how skills are taught (e.g., didactic or role-play) and the way skills should be performed (i.e., necessary components for a demonstrated skills). This presentation will review the experiences of early implementation of an RBT curriculum including a review of data from initial cohorts. Considerations of providing RBT training in predominantly non-behavioral settings or where ABA is a smaller part of a larger system (e.g., public school and University lab school), evaluation of competency and efforts to include other certified professionals within those settings will be reviewed.

Keyword(s): RBT Programs, RBT Training, Staff training



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