A registered behavior technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional who implements and assists with applied behavior analysis (ABA) plans of treatment. If you have an interest in stepping into the field of psychological care and treatment, working as an RBT could be an excellent entry-level position that does not involve years of required education. Registered behavior technician careers are abundant in many places across the country.
What Are the Responsibilities of Registered Behavior Technicians?
All RBTs work under the supervision of an applied behavior analyst supervisor. An RBT is not directly responsible for assessments of creating ABA treatment plans for patients. Instead, the RBT is to follow the lead of his or her supervisor in implementing developed plans or methods of treatment. RBTS, in a clinical setting, can have a multitude of varying responsibilities, and their responsibilities can vary depending on where they work. Some of the responsibilities an RBT may be expected to carry include:
• Engaging in data collection procedures during ABA
• Providing assistance to the ABA supervisor during treatment
• Helping clients understand protocols of ABA
• Offering interventions in treatment settings to encourage more acceptable behavior with patients
Additionally, a good candidate for registered behavior technician jobs will have excellent time management and multitasking skills. You should be very comfortable communicating with supervisors, peers and clients. Much of your job will involve relaying information to people throughout treatment processes.
What Education Is Typically Needed to Become an RBT?
Becoming a practicing RBT can require different credentials depending on what state you live in and what your employer requires. There is an accreditation you can earn through most colleges and through some private training institutions known as the RBT designation. While just about all employers respect this designation and require it to give you a job, not all states require you to have the designation to hold the position.
If you are not sure what your state requires, it is best to check with the Board of Behavior Analysts or Board of Psychological Examiners in your state to find out what you need.
Washington, Louisiana and a few other states certify and require ongoing recertification to be a registered, practicing RBT. With or without a required certification, your employer is also likely to require that you be absolutely dedicated to ongoing training in the field, as policy and protocol changes are common.
To become certified — if it is required by your state or your employer — there are certain prerequisites that must be fulfilled beforehand. You must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have a clean criminal background, and complete 40 hours or more of hands-on training under a supervising analyst. You will also be required to take the RBT assessment and the RBT exam and pass both.
Overall, becoming an RBT could be a logical career move if you have training, experience or interest in behavioral health. If you would like to learn more about registered behavior technician jobs, reach out to us at Invo-Progressus for expert advice and job placement services.
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