Online Registered Behavior
Technician Training

As the number of children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder continues to increase, so does the need for specially trained and credentialed professionals and caregivers in the area of applied behavior analysis.

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RBT Training at UTSA

Online RBT Training is delivered virtually over five consecutive weeks for a total of 40 hours. The cohort meets with the online instructor one day a week for two hours. Participants will then be required to complete an average of eight hours of homework per week, consisting of video modules and exercises.

Our Unique Approach
UTSA RBT Training also introduces a unique, university-developed verbal behavior component, particularly relevant to providing services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual and developmental disability.

This course will cover the basic principles and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):

  • operationally defining and measuring
  • target behavior
  • functions of behavior
  • data recording
  • graphing
  • program evaluation
  • preference assessment
  • reinforcement
  • antecedent and contingency-based interventions
  • discrete trial training (DTT)
  • natural environment training (NET)
  • fidelity of implementation
  • reducing challenging behavior
  • relevant issues to include ethical considerations, and RBT additional requirements and supervision.

As the number of children diagnosed with ASD continues to increase, so does the need for specially trained and credentialed (certified) professionals and caregivers in the area of applied behavior analysis.

The Role of the RBT
The 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, this is the role of the BCBA. The BACB certificant supervising the RBT is responsible for the work performed by the RBT on the cases they are overseeing. 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.

In addition to completing the UTSA 40-hour training program, individuals seeking the Registered Behavior Technician credential must also fulfil the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Undergo a background check
  • Complete the RBT Competency Assessment

These certification requirements are not offered as part of this online training.

To view all the eligibility crtieria stated above, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

UTSA Extended Education offers Registered Behavior Technician Training for administrators, teachers, direct care providers, and others who work with individuals with special needs.

Virtually anyone can benefit from being introduced to applied behavior analysis; however, becoming an RBT would especially advantage:

  • Adults who work directly with children or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Paraprofessionals in the Speech Pathology and Occupation Therapy fields
  • Direct care staff in residential settings such as group homes
  • Supervisors over nursing or special needs staff
  • Parents of developmentally challenged children
  • Hospice staff and supervisors
  • Hospital administrators
  • Case managers
  • Direct care staff
  • Substitute teachers
  • After-school activity staff
  • Daycare staff and supervisors

2020 Emerging Jobs Report:
Behavioral Health Technician

Since 2015, open positions for behavioral health technician have, on average, grown 32% year over year. Behavioral Health Technician is one of only a few in the 2020 report that doesn’t require a 4-year degree.

Background

According to the 2020 Emerging Jobs Report released by Linkedin, increased health insurance coverage for mental health treatment has likely facilitated the increased demand for Behavioral Health Technicians, many of whom specialize in working with patients who have autism or behavioral disorders and are working with children in school environments.

Skills Needed

Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Health

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Course Schedule

Online RBT Training is delivered virtually over five consecutive weeks for a total of 40 hours. The cohort meets with the online instructor one day a week for two hours. Participants will then be required to complete an average of eight hours of homework per week, consisting of video modules and exercises.

  • Week 1 - Orientation, Behavioral Definitions

    The first online meeting consists of an outline of the training program, ethics and professional credentialing in applied behavior analysis, and thoroughly reviewing the RBT 2nd Edition Task List.

  • Week 2 - Behavioral Dimensions, Data Recording

    The second online meeting will introduce students to autism and applied behavior analysis and provide the next homework assignment

  • Week 3 - Graphing; Research Design

    The third online meeting will review behavior data collection and behavioral interventions for skill acquisition, and provide the next homework assignment.

  • Week 4 - Task Analysis & Fidelity of Implementation; Preference Assessment

    The fourth online meeting will review shaping and strengthening behavior, and provide the next homework assignment.

  • Week 5 - Verbal Behavior; Course Wrap-up; Additional RBT Requirements:

    The fifth online meeting will review verbal behavior instruction, challenging behavior, and ethical considerations.

Meet the Instructor

Alonzo Andrews UTSA

Alonzo Andrews, MA, BCBA, LBA

Alonzo is a lecturer of Applied Behavior Analysis and lead instructor for Online RBT Training at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Alonzo previously served as the director of the Autism Treatment Center in San Antonio; during his 24-year tenure, he delivered behavioral services and supports to individuals with autism spectrum disorders to include the provision of residential programming for children and adults, on-site operation of state-certified private school, and out-patient rehabilitation therapies.

Alonzo has co-authored over 28 scholarly publications in well-respected journals such as: The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and multiple others. His clinical interests have engaged him in diverse projects to include biomedical interventions, video modeling, distance functional assessments, architecture for autism, challenging behavior, verbal behavior, behavioral phenomenology, neurodiversity, and the development of a computer-simulation training program for caregivers of children with autism.

He was presented The Dr. Billy F. Cowart Award for Teaching, Service, and Leadership in Autism by Texas A&M International University’s College of Education in 2010, and in 2018 as the Project Director, the American Association for Rural Special Education Exemplary Program Award for Pre-Service/In-Service Training.

What is Behavior Analysis?

The resources below assist in demystifying the function and abilities of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Understanding Autism: A Behavior-Analytic Perspective

Written by Alonzo Andrews and Lee Mason, this animation describes autism as a teleological disorder of reinforcement relations in which response populations become skewed across extended temporal patterns of conditioning that result in disproportionate stimulus control over behavior.

Behavior Analysis | An Overview

A brief overview of the behavior analysis discipline, which includes the underlying philosophy of behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, and applied behavior analysis.

November 2 - December 7, 2020
(No class Thanksgiving week)
Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm CST
$349

Total cost of the RBT Training including all digital materials and BACB certified instructor.

November 4 - December 9, 2020
(No class Thanksgiving week)
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm CST
$349

Total cost of the RBT Training including all digital materials and BACB certified instructor.

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RBT Resources

The RBT Handbook

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®) Handbook describes the requirements for obtaining and maintaining RBT certification.

RBT 2nd Edition Task List

The BACB’s Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) Task List includes the primary tasks that are likely to be performed by behavior technicians with some, but not necessarily all, clients.

RBT Competency Assessment Requirements

RBT applicants must demonstrate that they can perform the tasks on the Competency Assessment to qualify for the RBT certification

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