ALC Philosophy

While Advances Learning Center (ALC) recognizes that the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification itself represents a foundational mastery of the field’s clinical knowledge, we also know that hands-on experience in applying the field’s foundational knowledge builds the intuition that makes exceptional Behavior Therapists.  As such, we give a lot of support to our newly-minted BCBA’s as they begin to build their base of experience.  Here are some of the advantages of working at ALC as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Consultant:

  1. The individuals who directly manage our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Consultants have many years of clinical experience with clients from a wide variety of ages, diagnoses, and backgrounds.  They intimately understand the field and have directly worked with many challenging cases over many years.  They have ample experience managing people and will help BCBA Consultants who have never managed people before learn how to become useful and motivating supervisors.
  2. We foster a cooperative environment.  We have regular meetings in which our Behavior Therapists can share their challenges and bounce ideas off of others.  Peers at ALC are quick to provide ideas and support and share resources.  
  3. We believe in work-life balance.  We believe that Behavior Analysts who have work-life balance and are not burned out will provide optimal clinical services to our clients.  As such, we have very deliberately created an organizational model to accommodate work-life balance.
    • While we expect our employees to do what it takes to get the job done, as a general rule, we distribute work such that our full-time Behavior Analysts typically put in a 40-45 hour work week.  We also offer the option for Behavior Analysts to maintain all benefits while dropping to a 32-hour schedule at a pro-rated salary.
    • As a general rule, each Behavior Analyst is responsible for managing between 3-7 direct service providers.  Each Behavior Analyst tends to have between 10-15 cases open at any given time, depending on logistics and specifics to each instance.   
    • Most administrative work dealing with logistics and operations is centralized, including staffing, training, and scheduling.  Our Behavior Analysts don’t have to spend hours each week on each of these essential but non-clinical aspects of providing services.
    • Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we schedule clinical appointments such that there is not more than a 30-minute drive in between appointments.
  4. ALC believes in developing our people professionally.
    • ALC provides a professional development stipend each year, as well as time to attend Professional Development opportunities.  We also provide mandatory clinical and managerial training on an annual basis.  
    • Below are some of the professional opportunities and stretch assignments we have been able to provide our BCBA’s thus far:
      • Some of our Seniors work in an Assessment team, bringing in and transitioning new clients.
      • Some of our BCBAs have chosen to work in roles that put their BCBA knowledge to work in an operational context, including helping us navigate the Insurance landscape to ensure optimal and clinically appropriate services for our clients.
      • We anticipate the need for more Trainers and Social Skills Groups Managers over time.  These are both roles that require a BCBA to be used in a different way than is typically used in our in-home services.
      • As we grow, there will be more need for individuals to help us manage and provide clinical support to our Behavior Analysts.  We tend to hire for such management positions internally.
      • We are actively seeking to extend services to more geographies and age cohorts, which will continue to provide more opportunities for our BCBAs to stretch and expand their clinical and project management abilities.