ABA Connections prides itself on implementing a tiered service-delivery model for ABA programs. All staff at ABA Connections work under the supervision of a Clinical Director who has received specialized training in overseeing and training staff. All staff receive extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and early childhood development and participate in ongoing and regular training and supervision to ensure best practices are delivered to each client.
The Clinical Director is responsible for overseeing all clients at ABA Connections and ensure high-quality, evidence-based and ethical services are being provided. The Clinical Director conducts assessments, develops treatment plans, reviews data, monitors and evaluates progress, attends meetings, reviews documents and creates reports. All assessments, treatment plans, and reports are reviewed and approved by the Clinical Director. The Clinical Director is also responsible for supervising and coordinating training for Senior Therapists, Senior Therapist Assistants, Lead Therapists, ABA Therapists, Junior Therapists and all others working at ABA Connections.
Clinical Directors must hold extensive working knowledge of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health related diagnoses, Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intensive Behavioral Interventions and the application of a Biopsychosocial Practice Model. Clinical Directors must possess a Master’s degree in an ABA relevant field, be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in good standing with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and attest to 4,000 hours (approximately two years) of experience supervising clinicians delivering ABA services.
Senior Therapists are responsible for developing and monitoring a client’s behavioral intervention by coordinating assessments, setting goals in collaboration with families, and creating appropriate programming. Senior Therapists also coordinate the development of, and monitor, behavioral support plans.
Senior Therapists must possess a minimum of 4,000 hours (approximately two years) of BCBA supervised experience overseeing treatment teams, developing and implementing treatment programs, conducting and administering assessments, and monitoring program progress. Senior Therapists must possess or be working towards certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA)
Senior Therapist Assistants assist the Clinical Director and Senior Therapists with monitoring a client behavioral interventions. Senior Therapist Assistants, under the supervision of a Senior Therapist and the Clinical Director, will create and update client programming and prepare and review data for decision making.
Senior Therapist Assistants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a human service or behavioral sciences discipline with minimum of 2,000 hours (approximately one year) of BCBA supervised experience overseeing treatment teams. Senior Therapist Assistants must hold or be working towards certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) or Board Certified or posses a combination of relevant education and training, and extensive practical experience in the ABA field.
Lead Therapists oversee the day-to-day facilitation of ABA/IBI services with clientele. Lead therapists are responsible for monitoring daily progress, introducing and mastering program targets, communicating amongst team members, creating materials, training ABA Therapists and Junior Therapists, and preparing data for review and decision making. Lead Therapists also conduct 1:1 therapy sessions with clients.
Lead Therapists must possess or be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in a human service or behavioral sciences discipline with at least 4,000 hours (approximately two years) of documented training and supervised experience delivering ABA interventions.
ABA Therapists are responsible for providing 1:1 ABA/IBI therapy as outlined in a clients individualized program including intensive teaching, natural environment teaching, small/large group instruction, data collection, graphing and material creation. ABA Therapists are required to attend monthly meetings and training specific to their clientele.
ABA Therapists must be at least 18 years of age and possess or be working towards a Bachelor’s or College degree in a human service or behavioral science discipline.
Junior Therapists are responsible for assisting ABA Therapists, Lead Therapists, Senior Therapists, Senior Therapists Assistants, and the Clinical Supervisor in the delivery of ABA Therapy. Junior Therapists assist with organization and creation of program materials, supervision and personal care needs of clients, data collection and graphing, and the implementation of ABA programming under the direct supervision of an ABA Therapists, Lead Therapist, Senior Therapist Assistant, Senior Therapist, or the Clinical Supervisor.
Why Does ABA Connections use a Tiered Service-Delivery Model?
Documented in peer-reviewed literature as a primary mechanism for achieving significant improvements in many skills domains
Permits sufficient expertise to be delivered to each client at the level needed to reach treatment goals
Supports a range of supervision and delivery of behavioural services