The Wellness Centre has announced that they are now the only International Behaviour Analysis Organization (IBAO®) Approved Content Provider for the International Behavior Therapist (IBT®) certification in the Cayman Islands.
In 2010, The Wellness Centre became the first Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy service provider in The Cayman Islands. Since then, The Wellness Centre has been dedicated to offering a training and career pathway programme for Caymanians, and other individuals on the island, interested in a career in the field of ABA therapy and behaviour analysis.
In 2013, in further support of our dedication to ensuring the top-quality provision of services to our clients, The Wellness Centre trained through to certification the first Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®) in The Cayman Islands.
In total The Wellness Centre has trained 17 individuals to become RBTs, 13 of whom have been Caymanian. These individuals now work as members of our Developmental Support Services team in leadership and senior tech roles, as well as in government and private schools, in other ABA clinics, with the HSA and Sunrise Adult Training Centre. As a result of our training programme countless children, adolescents and adults are now able to access the services they deserve.
The new International Behavior Therapist (IBT®) designation is a further expansion for those interested in a career in behaviour therapy.
IBTs around the world provide behavioral services in a variety of settings and to a variety of clients. Most IBTs work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental or other disabilities, and those who require additional support with language and communication development, challenging behavior, daily life skills, social skills, and learning supports.
IBTs are typically hands-on, “front-line” therapists who deliver behavioral services directly to clients under careful supervision and support.
As an Approved Content Provider for the IBT credential, The Wellness Centre continues to be a leader in the provision of training in the Cayman Islands, and throughout the wider Caribbean region.
With the Behavior Analysis Certification Boards (BACB) no longer supporting ongoing training and certification for the RBT outside of the USA and Canada, The Wellness Centre has ensured a vetted and approved alternative option remains available not only in the Cayman Islands but across the Caribbean.
Sloane Pharr, Developmental Support Services Manager, lead the application process, which was lengthy and rigorous. Applications to become an IBT Approved Content Provider are vetted and approved by the IBAO Professional Advisory Board and include review and evaluation of course content, syllabi, presentation format models, and hourly breakdowns. Approved Content Providers must demonstrate a curriculum that fully addresses all IBT Training Content and commit to meeting a minimum of 40 hours of instruction to address those competencies. Most importantly an IBT ACP is responsible for the presentation of behavior analytic content to prepare trainees to meet critical competencies in the field, ensure ethical practices, protect clients, and maintain appropriate educational standards in the field of ABA around the world.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue our commitment of training and career development locally and are grateful for the leadership and guidance of Sloane and her team who made this accomplishment possible,” said Shannon Seymour, Director, The Wellness Centre Ltd.
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