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  • Writer's pictureDr. Josh Levine, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA

Maximizing ABA Therapy Progress: Why a Behavior Analyst-Operated Company is the Best Choice for RBT Jobs

Updated: Jan 17



When selecting a workplace in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), one critical decision for an RBT and BCBA is whether to work for a company owned and operated by behavior analysts or one backed by venture capitalists and private equity firms. This blog post explores the advantages of choosing a behavior analyst-operated ABA company, focusing on the impact this choice has on service quality, ethical standards, and overall job satisfaction.


A Closer Alignment with Ethical and Professional Standards


Behavior Analyst-Operated Companies:

  • Deep Understanding of ABA Principles: Owners who are behavior analysts inherently understand the nuances of ABA therapy, leading to a workplace environment that is closely aligned with ABA's ethical and professional standards.

  • Commitment to Best Practices: Such companies are more likely to prioritize the best interests of clients, adhering strictly to evidence-based practices.


Venture Capitalist/Private Equity-Owned Firms:

  • Potential for Profit-Driven Decisions: Financially driven companies might prioritize profitability, which can sometimes lead to compromises in therapy quality or ethical standards.


Focus on Quality of Care

Behavior Analyst-Operated Companies:

  • Client-Centered Approach: A greater focus on client outcomes, with decisions made by those who understand the clients' needs firsthand.

  • Personalized Care: More likely to offer individualized and client-tailored services, as the decision-makers are familiar with the intricacies of client care.

Venture Capitalist/Private Equity-Owned Firms:

  • Standardization Risks: There may be a tendency to standardize practices for efficiency, potentially overlooking individual client needs.


Job Satisfaction and Career Development

Behavior Analyst-Operated Companies:

  • Supportive Work Environment: Colleagues and management who are trained behavior analysts can provide more relevant support and mentorship.

  • Focus on Professional Growth: Opportunities for professional development in the field of ABA are often more readily available.

Venture Capitalist/Private Equity-Owned Firms:

  • Corporate Structure: The work environment may be more corporate, potentially leading to less flexibility and more emphasis on meeting financial targets over professional development.


Ethical Implications and Client Trust

Behavior Analyst-Operated Companies:

  • Ethical Decision-Making: Decisions are more likely to be made with ethical considerations at the forefront, enhancing trust with clients.

  • Transparency: Operations and decision-making processes may be more transparent, fostering a trusting environment.

Venture Capitalist/Private Equity-Owned Firms:

  • Conflicts of Interest: There can be potential conflicts between what is best for clients and what is most profitable for the company.


Conclusion

Working for an ABA company owned and operated by behavior analysts offers several advantages, including a deeper commitment to ethical standards, a focus on quality client care, supportive work environments, and transparent, ethical decision-making. While venture capitalist and private equity-backed firms can provide valuable resources and organizational structure, they may not always align perfectly with the core values and client-centered focus intrinsic to ABA therapy. For those in the field of ABA, choosing an employer that aligns with professional ethics and prioritizes client outcomes is essential for both personal job satisfaction and the provision of high-quality care.

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