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Choosing the Best ABA Companies to Work for in California

After dedicating years of your life to training and study, you don’t want to settle for just any employer. ABA professionals are hardworking individuals who deserve to feel respected, valued, and fairly compensated for their work.

Whether you’re a certified ABA professional actively searching for a new job or a college student weighing your career options, Therapeutic Pathways will provide the support, encouragement, and professional development opportunities to advance your career so you can help countless families.

Keep reading to learn what you should look for in an employer and why Therapeutic Pathways is one of the best ABA companies to work for in California (and in the rest of the country, but we don’t like to brag).

Qualities to Look for in an ABA Employer

Ethics

Providing high-quality ABA therapy is impossible without a clear, communicable system for ethical monitoring and supervision. Treatment centers that implement ethical practices help improve client care and support a work environment where employees are treated with dignity and respect.

Treatment centers that do not foster systems of ethical conduct place their clients and employees in an undesirable position: clients won’t receive the level of care that they need and deserve, and employees are more likely to exhibit undesirable behavior, introducing the risk of professional disciplinary action.

Ethics plays a huge role in decisions regarding autism intervention: which skills need to be addressed, how the client should be treated during intervention, and how to best support each client’s right to dignity. The field of ethics isn’t limited to college lecture halls and tedious compliance training – it’s a constant, living part of ABA and is treated with the utmost importance by high-quality providers.

When you’re looking for your next job in ABA, consider the extent to which an organization expects employees to engage in ethical conduct and how they actively support those expectations.

While looking for a position at an autism treatment center, ask or poke around online to find out if they:

  • Receive regular ethics training – Regular training (at least once per year) is helpful in teaching employees how to deal with relevant ethical issues that are likely to arise in therapeutic settings.
  • Use positive ABA methods – Some autism treatment centers rely on outdated therapy models that suppress undesirable behaviors rather than empowering clients to adapt their behavior to something more desirable. It’s important to work for a company that uses positive reinforcement and other evidence-based methods of treatment.
  • Encourage and expect feedback – Feedback isn’t a one-way street, and as an employee, you shouldn’t feel afraid of retribution for voicing concerns over a client’s treatment. The best ABA companies to work for in California are open to feedback and ideas. They help forge new avenues by listening to employees and actually implementing changes based on their thoughts.

Support

Ask an employee about their favorite part of working at Therapeutic Pathways and you’re likely to get one of two answers: helping children and feeling supported by other employees and supervisors.

Support comes in many forms, but you’re set if you can find an employer who provides emotional, financial, and mental support. As you’re vetting autism treatment centers, consider the following:

Does the team structure suit you and your work?

Everyone has different learning and communication styles, and when you feel comfortable utilizing your strengths at work, you’re more likely to lend support to fellow employees and have that support returned.

Do you work better in a team or individually?

Some therapy centers like Therapeutic Pathways place a strong emphasis on cooperation among clients’ teams, including Behavior Technicians, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and other ABA professionals.

However, there are also positions at Therapeutic Pathways that do offer more one-on-one interaction. If you prefer to work alone, it’s best to find an employer who will support this preference and provide alternative options.

Does the employer value learning and offer ongoing education to employees?

As an ABA professional, your education doesn’t end with your degree or certification. The best way to provide high-quality therapy is to know the latest methods and strategies and be on top of current research in the field.

To this end, Therapeutic Pathways offers Continuing Education Units, encourages participation in conferences and webinars, and mentorship opportunities from the internal clinical support team.

Does the employer provide opportunities for growth?

ABA professionals should never be satisfied with complacency. Instead, they should set their sights on the future and plan accordingly. The best ABA company is the one that encourages employees to apply for higher positions, promotions, or expansion of their current role or responsibilities.

As an evidence-based autism treatment center, Therapeutic Pathways offers countless opportunities for employees to advance in their careers and become the best ABA professionals they can be.

Join One of the Best ABA Companies to Work for in California

Therapeutic Pathways owes its success to its employees. Our employees are our greatest resource, and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to provide exceptional benefits for those who choose to work with us.

Some of the benefits we extend to employees include:

  • Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Benefits
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Free Continuing Education Units
  • Industry Conference Allowance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 401(k)
  • Life Insurance

For more information about working at Therapeutic Pathways, check out our Careers page for a listing of open positions. We can’t wait to hear from you!

1. How old is your child or dependent?

2. What are your goals for your child?

3. Has your child been given a formal diagnosis of autism?

4. What types of behavior is your child demonstrating?





Please select a value.

Readiness

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Readiness program. This individualized, evidence-based program teaches young children skills they need to accelerate their learning and gain independence. Using imitation and naturalistic learning techniques, your child will develop useful skills in the areas of speech and language, cognition, and self-awareness. A program for children ages 0-3. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Foundations

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Foundations program. This program gives preschool and school-age children the structure to achieve important social, emotional, and intellectual milestones, helping them test within their peers’ range. With 25+ hours of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy per week, your child will develop social skills and better self-awareness for school and home. A program for children ages 4-7. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Breakthroughs

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Breakthroughs program. Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, this program removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships. A program for children ages 8-11.

Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Interactions program. Through guided social skills groups twice a week, this program helps improve social functioning in children ages 5 to 16. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

Independence

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Independence program. Geared toward older children, this program includes more in-depth skills that will help your child function independently. Taught skills include functional communication, self-management, and financial literacy. A program for individuals ages 12-25. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Your Child My Be Suited to Multiple Programs

Independence

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Independence program. Geared toward older children, this program includes more in-depth skills that will help your child function independently. Taught skills include functional communication, self-management, and financial literacy. A program for individuals ages 12-25. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Breakthroughs and/or Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited to the Breakthroughs or Interactions programs. These programs treat similar symptoms, so Therapeutic Pathways will need to meet with you and your child before we can place them within the appropriate program.

Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, Breakthroughs removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships.

Through guided social skills groups twice a week, Interactions helps improve social functioning in children. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

*This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Your Child My Be Suited to Multiple Programs

Breakthroughs and/or Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited to the Breakthroughs or Interactions programs. These programs treat similar symptoms, so Therapeutic Pathways will need to meet with you and your child before we can place them within the appropriate program.

Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, Breakthroughs removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships.

Through guided social skills groups twice a week, Interactions helps improve social functioning in children. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

*This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.