A board certified behavior analyst is responsible for creating plans to help children, teens, and adults with behavioral issues, mental health issues, and/or developmental disabilities. These analysts develop treatment plans with clients (and their loved ones, as needed); they then work with the patient to implement this plan, monitor clients' progress, and revise the plan as needed. This analyst also performs behavioral assessments and creates programming for their organization.
A board certified behavior analyst working a facility serving special-needs clients creates an overarching plan for their organization. At live-in facilities, they help determine goals and plans related to living arrangements and resident care. They also help develop a skill plan laying out what skills should be taught to patients, in what order, and at what point in patients' development. To implement these plans, the board certified behavior analyst provides training to staff members and to caregivers. Further, the board certified behavior analyst may oversee the work of therapists treating the patients.
The board certified behavior analyst must have licensing in their field and (in some cases) by their state. A master's degree in behavior science or a related field from an accredited institution is required. Previous experience as a behavioral analyst is generally preferred.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Tasks
Design, implement and support education and behavioral programs.
Participate in the assessment and data analysis of behavioral programs.
Assist with intervention and therapeutic program evaluations.