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ABA

RBT Study Topics: Documentation and Reporting (Part 2 of 2)

One of the primary credentials in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is called the Registered Behavior Technician. This credential was developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. As a registered behavior technician (also known as an RBT), the individual must understand and know how to implement all items on the RBT Task List.In...

ABA

RBT Study Topics: Documentation and Reporting (Part 1 of 2)

The Registered Behavior Technician credential is provided and monitored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. As a registered behavior technician (also known as an RBT), one must comply with and understand all items on the RBT Task List developed by the BACB.You can view the RBT Task List here.To learn more about the...



Addiction

Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment: Q&A with Kevin P. Hill, MD

CATR: So, what do you feel is the big-picture challenge of treating heavy cannabis users?Dr. Hill: A big challenge is helping heavy users understand that cannabis use disorder is a real thing. It is hard for people to appreciate the risks that are associated with heavy use when they hear about the...

Exhaustion

What is Decision Fatigue?

After losing a large account over a missed detail in a report, Shaun began to take inventory of his work habits. It was an error that he would normally never miss but he had reviewed the document in the afternoon after a long morning of tough negotiations with another account. Determined to figure this out,...



Family

What is Love?

At first, it sounds like a silly question.Not to Julie. She was trying to pin down a new definition after having been in an abusive relationship for eight years. She wanted love. She wanted to be in love and be loved by someone who treated her right. But the years of abuse had conditioned her...

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Parent Training Recommendations for ABA Professionals

Applied behavior analysis professionals often work with children. However, when working with youth it is important to consider how you can help their caregivers be involved in treatment, as well. To help children get the most out of ABA intervention, it is recommended to provide their caregivers with training in the area of ABA individualized to...

Business Advice for Therapists

Success Story: Starting a Counseling Practice in Orlando, FL

Lauran, an Orlando Counselor shares her journey of growing a private practice from September 2017 to February of 2019 from a few sliding scale clients to 16 regular clients. She shares why she become an Orlando therapist, what share used to grow quickly and her experience in reaching out for support in building...

Abuse

What is Narcissistic Supply?

(Note: I am using pronouns he, his, him, for simplicity. Narcissism applies to both genders.)Secure attachment in infancy creates a solid foundation for a person’s entire life.  It creates a feeling of “confidence and trust in the goodness of me, you, us” (Divecha, 2017). This secure attachment is created by the comingling of reflection, attunement,...

Coping Skills

Warning Signs of Deadly Abuse

When asked by her therapist, “Have you ever been abused,” Nicole said, “No”. But then, for a split second, she looked downwards and frowned. Instinctively her therapist knew something was off. A few more minutes of probing revealed a boyfriend with anger problems. During fits of rage, he would destroy her personal property, grab her...

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Brief History of Applied Behavior Analysis

The field of behavior analysis has quite a short history relatively speaking. There have been many events that have occurred adding to the development and movement of the field of applied behavior analysis. There were some primary individuals involved in carving the path for ABA. There were a number of publications released that provided further awareness...

Exhaustion

How Narcissists Keep You from Grieving

Margie was devastated when her mother passed away. Her mom was diagnosed with cancer one month and then gone by the next. She had a close relationship with her mom and frequently leaned on her for support in her marriage, parenting her kids, and balancing family and work. The loss left a huge hole in...

Family

Are You at Risk for Filicide?

On December 19, 2018, Terry Strawn a decorated Florida Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy, shot and killed his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter at his home. Then he drove to his daughter’s house, killed her and called 911, sending the officers to the school where he worked. When the police arrived, he committed suicide in front of...



Business Advice for Therapists

Closing a Practice: Some Practical Suggestions

Dr. R is a psychiatrist in his late 60s with a thriving private practice. One day, he suddenly feels dizzy and out of sorts. After being examined by another physician, he is diagnosed with a stroke. His neurologist cannot say if he will fully recover or be able to practice medicine again....

Children & Teens

What is Sadistic Parenting?

As Monique recounted the abuse from her childhood, it became apparent that the abuse from her mother was not typical. While most abusers follow a pattern of tension building, incident, reconciliation, and calm, her mom did not. The tension building phase was constant with no break or relief from the ensuing harm. The incidents came...

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

RBT Ethics Code

Registered behavior technicians are required to complete 40 hours of applied behavior analysis training. This training must include 3 hours of ethics training.The RBT Ethics Code covers the categories of responsible conduct, responsibility to clients, and competence and service delivery.Review the RBT Ethics Code at the BACB website.A few of the items in the responsible...