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BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS (BCBA)

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The Board Certified Behavior Analyst’s Role in the School

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) specializes in understanding why people behave as they do. They also make plans to modify or improve challenging behaviors.

BCBAs use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). They identify a given behavior’s observable, measurable “ABCs”:

  • Antecedent (what happens immediately prior to it)
  • Behavior itself
  • Consequence (what happens immediately after it)

Having collected and analyzed this data, the BCBA designs and implements ways to change undesirable behaviors and replace them with desirable ones.

In educational settings, school-based BCBAs use their evidence-based methodology to assess students’ behaviors when these behaviors interfere with, and disrupt, their own or their peers’ learning.

Not all disruptive behaviors at school warrant a full, formal Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA). In schools using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach to related services, BCBAs can introduce teachers and other school staff to Tier 1 behavioral health interventions.

Tier 1 interventions equip teachers and staff to deal directly and confidently with common behavioral issues. They also free the BCBA to focus on students whose severe developmental, learning, emotional disabilities, aggression, and mental health disorders significantly impede academic progress.

In these more serious cases, the BCBA leads an FBA team in the process. The team includes teachers, administrators, other clinicians working with the student, the student, and their family.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts, FBAs, and BIPs

The FBA process begins when BCBAs start gathering information about the conditions surrounding the student’s challenging behavior, and ask the student and others questions to find out more. BCBAs then continue the assessment using one of three main approaches:

  • Indirect – using such tools as questionnaires and rating scales.
  • Direct – watching the student’s behavior in class and in other school environments.
  • Experimental – formulating and testing hypotheses.

Following the assessment, the BCBA leads the team in drafting a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). It consists of one to three targeted intervention recommendations, teaching and rewarding the student for clearly defined, measurable replacement behaviors.

When a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) specifies ABA, the BCBA will work with the IEP team to provide a comprehensive behavior management approach.

BCBAs work with teachers to develop strategies for supporting the students’ treatment plans through appropriate modifications to the learning environment.

They may also supervise Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (an undergraduate-level certification), Registered Behavior Technicians, and others implementing behavior-analytic interventions.

Requirements for Becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Board Certified Behavior Analyst training is graduate-level work in behavior analysis.

Candidates may meet the requirements for BCBA certification (established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®) through one of several different pathways. Criteria differ based on whether you will be applying before or after January 1, 2022. But in all cases, candidates must:

  • Hold a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral) in behavior analysis, education, or psychology from a qualifying institution.
  • Complete a defined practical experience—supervised independent fieldwork, a practicum, or an intensive practicum (candidates may also accrue hours in a combination of the three experience categories).
  • Pass the BCBA certification examination: a four-hour, 160-question test covering 11 content areas in basic behavior analytic skills and client-centered responsibilities.

BCBAs must also adhere to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s ethical guidelines.

Become a BCBA on the PTS Behavioral Health Team

If you are, or soon will be, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who wants to…

  • Play a pivotal and powerful role in helping students experience greater educational success,
  • Accelerate your professional growth as part of an established, innovative team of related service providers,
  • Enjoy more flexibility and freedom in setting your schedule and balancing work and life,

…then be sure to review PTS’ currently available BCBA jobs on this page.

PTS has been a trusted related services delivery leader in the greater Delaware Valley for more than 20 years. Our commitment to our clinicians includes:

  • On the job supervision and mentorship.
  • Free access to an ever-growing library of industry-standard assessments and other resources.
  • Continuing opportunities for professional growth and networking.

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