All Credentials Working as a Team

RBT Team Member

One of the most difficult aspects of working as a team is knowing what your role is related to the other team members.  If you taken on too much, you will be stepping out of your scope of services and if you do not initiate enough you may receive feedback that you should be providing more input.

Whether you are credentialing as an RBT for a new job or will be continuing in the same job, the experience will change you.  The RBT training, performance review, and test will change your skills and awareness of behavior analysis and make you more of an asset at work.

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RBT Assets

RBTs have knowledge and experience with the client that other team members will find valuable.  The RBT is likely the first to know about new environmental stressors, client friendships, frustrations with work, and preferred activities.  This information, combined with the RBT’s special relationship with the client, makes the RBT a respected member of the treatment team.

The BCBA may consult with the RBT regarding various matters, such as


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Client rapport



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Environmental changes



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Changes in client



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Take Initiative or Ask for Help?

Knowing when to take initiative or ask for help is not always obvious.  Consider the table below as a decision-making tool.

Situations to considerTake initiative now and then mention it at supervisionProvide the information to your supervisor right away
Client purposely banged head on concrete floor today when she became frustrated with her math lesson.
Client is interested in learning to draw and RBT shows client a few drawing tricks as reinforcement for finishing his work.
The client has a new supervisor at work who does not seem to understand her disability
The client has a new supervisor at work who does not seem to understand her disability and is threatening to discipline the client for a disability-related behavior
Client's parent is interested in an informal update on his progress.
Client's parent would like some behavior data to take to the next psychiatrist appointment.
Client's father is admitted to the hospital and the client is working through her daily schedule as usual.
The client had two bathroom accidents since her father was admitted to the hospital.
The teacher in client's classroom submitted a complaint to the principal regarding the RBT's implementation of a new treatment procedure

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