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Seeking Disenfranchised and Displaced BCBAs.

Sadly, in the field of ABA, unethical business practices have become the new normal. Or at least maybe it feels that way to me because I’m so tied to the topic of ABA Ethics through my training company, Special Learning and the work that Dr. Jon Bailey does with his ABA Ethics Hotline (https://lnkd.in/fwFEA8e) that this has become MY reality.
But I don’t think that’s really true. I genuinely believe that the field of ABA is now littered with thousands of BCBAs who have been put through the rringer with unfortunate experiences of working for too many unethical ABA organizations with billable hours / profits as their primary success metric. This, of course resulting in the predictable consequence that the meaning and fulfillment that used to come from being THE person capable of transforming people’s lives so that they can achieve greater levels of independence has been overshadowed with the stress and disappointment of the realities of what it means to be a BCBA in today’s environment.


Ethical owners of independent ABA Organizations, many led by BCBAs, have also been put through the ringer because they are forced to compete with unethical ABA organizations who will do and say whatever they need to say to recruit unsuspecting RBTs and BCBAs. Of course turnover – very high turnover – is the consequence of deceptive hiring practices, but at the end of the day, when only billable hours – not client outcomes and certainly not employee satisfaction – is the primary metric AND there is never any shortage of clients desperate for those hours, turnover is an acceptable “cost of doing business.” Regardless of the direct and collateral damage caused.
I envision a new world. A world in which a group (perhaps small) of ethical BTs, RBTs and BCBAs and ethical ABA Organizations (perhaps even a smaller group) come to a common meeting of the minds and decide to support each other’s endeavors. To improve the lives of clients for whom ethical and effective application of QUALITY Applied Behavior Analysis intervention can achieve miraculous change to transform lives.
If you are a BCBA who has ever wondered what it would be like to work for an ethical ABA Organization whose mission is to simply help people achieve better lives and you are willing to support this company with your loyalty for as long as the company stays true to its mission, please contact me.
We have been interviewing owners of ethical ABA organizations with stories of success that deserve to be replicated. They need committed, ethical, experienced (and perhaps a bit bruised) BCBAs and RBTs who are looking for a place to call home. Commitment to ethics is the common ground we seek; as long as the definition of ethical practice translates to highest quality client outcomes we can realistically provide using available means.
Please email kchung@special-learning.com.
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Parent Waitlist Program


November 02, 2023 | 12pm-1pm PDT

Journey to Independence

Community-based program designed to support families on waitlist

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

Mother Child
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