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So You Want to Be an RBT

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re trying to decide where you should train to become a registered behavior technician (RBT). Or, you might just be scoping out career options.

In any case, congratulations! You’ve discovered one of the most rewarding and stimulating career paths in the industry.

Keep reading to learn more about the responsibilities and day-to-day functions of RBTs, then head over to our Careers page to view our open positions. We’re looking to fill RBT positions in all 8 of our Centers.

If you’re interested, fill out an application on our Careers page or contact us directly at (209) 422-3280.

Educational Requirements

You don’t have to have a college degree to become a Registered Behavior Technician, but it is preferred, mostly for your own benefit. For example, if you studied psychology or early education, you’ll have a leg up on training. Another benefit is that you’ll receive the required 40-hour training course paid for by Pathways.

Most colleges and universities offer a training program, but don’t worry – if you didn’t go to college or attended a school that didn’t offer training, Therapeutic Pathways will provide the training for you.

Recent graduates or currently-enrolled students are the best fit for this position, but we will consider every applicant who:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has received a high school diploma
  • Passes a background check
  • Completes an initial competency assessment

Training and Certification

Once you’re hired as a Behavior Technician, you’ll work closely with a qualified Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certificant to learn the ins and outs of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Qualified certificants include Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), or  Board Certified Behavior Analysts – Doctorate (BCBA-D). They’ll provide the training and supervision necessary for you to become a credentialed RBT.

Here are some of the things you can expect to learn during your 40-hour training course at Therapeutic Pathways (from the BACB RBT Task List, 2nd edition):

  • Making learning fun by implementing nursery songs, fingerplays, etc.
  • Preparing and implementing continuous measurement procedures
  • Describing a client’s behavior and environment in observable, measurable terms
  • Conducting preference assessments and assisting with individualized assessment procedures
  • Using methods of appropriate reinforcement
  • Implementing discrete-trial teaching procedures, naturalistic teaching procedures, task analyzed chaining procedures, discrimination training, stimulus control transfer procedures, and generalization and maintenance procedures
  • Describing common functions of behavior
  • Implementing interventions based on antecedents (motivations, stimuli, etc.)
  • Implementing differential reinforcement procedures (DRA, DRO)
  • Effectively communicating with supervisor in a timely manner
  • Generating objective session notes
  • Communicating with client’s family members, caregivers, or other parties as authorized
  • Maintaining client dignity

That’s not everything you’ll learn during your 40-hour training, but this list should give you a good idea of what to expect. You’ll certainly be busy!

You can complete training anytime before applying for an RBT certification. After completing RBT training, you’ll apply for the certification and be required to take and pass the RBT certification exam.

Once you pass the exam, you’re officially an RBT! That doesn’t mean you’ll be all on your own, though – you’ll receive ongoing supervision of tasks and you’ll need to renew the certification every year. You need to be responsible and good at planning, but all of the training, studying, and preparation will pay off when you become officially certified.

Your Role as an RBT at Therapeutic Pathways

As an RBT, your primary responsibilities are to implement therapeutic services using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). RBTs work under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCaBA, BCBA, or BCBA-D.

You’ll provide direct client care in a variety of settings: one-on-one at the client’s home, in the center, or in a group at the center. As a Registered Behavior Technician, you will be expected to uphold and promote the values, code of ethics, and core principles of behavior analysis, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), and Therapeutic Pathways.

We applaud each of our staff members for putting in the work and effort to help improve clients’ lives.

We’re Here for You

Our staff is our most valued resource, and we demonstrate our respect and gratitude by offering a generous total rewards package to every RBT, including educational assistance. Take a look at the other benefits we’re proud to offer:

  • Industry-competitive compensation
  • Family-friendly medical coverage
  • Development opportunities
  • Performance and promotion raises
  • Paid mileage
  • Paid drive time
  • Employee assistance

We’re enormously proud of the dedication that each of our employees extends to our clients, and we believe RBTs are an invaluable resource to our company. If you’d like to apply for one of our open RBT positions, head over to our Careers page and submit an application. We’d love 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.