Who is qualified to implement ABA?
Just as a medical treatment program should be directed by a qualified medical professional, ABA programs should be created and supervised by a highly trained and experienced BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) that has the supervised experience providing ABA treatment for children with autism. A BCBA has the board certification (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) which is required for a person to become a Behavior Analyst, and it is recognized worldwide. In the field of ABA, this is the gold standard for professionals.
Because of the huge demand for ABA intervention many individuals and programs now claim to provide ABA and unfortunately some who claim to offer ABA lack the field's established minimum requirements in education major and practical experience.
Beware of the misapplication of ABA.
What do the job titles mean, specifically?
BCBA - The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
BCaBA - The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level. In addition, BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
RBT - The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services. The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The BACB certificant supervising the RBT is responsible for the work performed by the RBT on the cases they are overseeing.
Job title position descriptions are from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which can be accessed at: http://www.bacb.com