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 Professional and Continuing 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

Emerging Career:
Behavioral Health Technician

Since the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) formalized the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential in 2014, the role has become increasingly accepted and in demand in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Background

According to the 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

Possible Careers

The RBT credential can benefit a variety of career paths including:

  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
  • Psychiatric Aides
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors

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 Instructors

Alonzo Andrews UTSA

Alonzo Andrews, MA, BCBA, LBA

Alonzo Andrews 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.

Janet Enriquez UTSA

Janet Enriquez, MS, BCBA

Janet Sanchez Enriquez is a Bilingual Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Education Ph.D. student at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

She has a Master's degree in Special Education with a specialization in Autism Interventions and Applied Behavior Analysis. Janet has over 15 years of experience working and supporting families and professionals in a variety of settings in the school districts and within various community organizations across the US and Latin America. Janet is interested in the design and dissemination of empirically based practices and Applied Behavior Analysis to increase the independence, health, and quality of life of the individuals and families she serves.

From Our Students

Fun and Informative

Janet and Alonzo were amazing. They provided me with a great understanding of the information and delivered it in a fun and informative way. Great course.

Albert C. - Summer 2022

Engaging and Encouraging

I felt that {Alonzo} made the course very engaging as well as interesting. I looked forward to logging in every week and he provided everything in a way that was easy to understand. One of his strongest qualities is his way of providing feedback, it was always super helpful and made me want to be better!

Susana R. - Fall 2021

ABA Experts

The instructor is beyond prepared, {Janet} is an amazing expert on the topic of ABA. She is very passionate about what she does and makes the course very comprehensive. She made me so passionate about this field that I will be applying to a Master’s Online program. I love her creativity with the online modules that are super interactive, even if you are new to this, you can learn. I loved all the pictures and drawings, so unique. I would like all parents of kids on the Autism Spectrum (like me) to take it! I am a parent and the videos of her brother who is on the spectrum and is highly functional make me have hope! I will remember my instructor all my life. She is bilingual like I am; she represents all Hispanics that have someone in their family with ASD and wants to make an impact in our community.

Luisa A. - Spring 2022

Registration
February 21 - March 21, 2023
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00PM CST
$349

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

Registration
February 23 - March 30, 2023
Thursdays, 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 Technician (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