The Credentialing Program via FTF Behavioral Consulting credentials professionals providing Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) of severe problem behavior.

Pathway to Credentials

 

FTF’s credentialing provides professionals with an opportunity to verify their experiences with respect to the PFA and SBT process and receive recognition for their training, implementation experience, and supervision.

As a credentialed professional, you will:

  • Receive independent verification of training and experience (consistent with requirements of Code 1.05; Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, 2020)
  • Obtain a certificate and a wallet card verifying completion of requirements for your credentialed level
  • Be featured on the FTF Credentialing Directory which will allow potential clients to connect with you

 

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Information on Getting Credentialed in PFA-SBT

Eligibility Requirements

There are seven credentialing levels offered by FTF Behavioral Consulting.  Each level requires a set of processes or outcomes and necessary documentation, as detailed below.  Further, a general description of competence per level is described.  Review the requirements to ensure that you meet the eligibility qualifications for the level for which you are applying.

Level Focus Process / Outcome Requirement Evidence / Documentation Person is able to:
1 Education Completed 10-credit on demand course with 100% correct on assessments, attended 2-day live workshop, or participated in a live course with an FTF instructor. Certificate of completion or workshop/live course certificate of participation dated January 1, 2019, or later. Be an implementer of the process under direct supervision of a credentialed supervisor.
2 Application Completed application exercises for at least one client in a design session with FTF (e.g., design session, coursework, weekly consultation). Detailed completion of assessment and treatment design rubric for a specific case (workbook upload). Design and implement an assessment and treatment plan for a client with guidance and direct supervision from a credentialed supervisor.
3 Implementation
(Support)

This level may be skipped.

Actively and routinely participated in one or more case consultation processes as secondary collaborator (but was not the lead on the case). Verification letter from FTF consultant and at least one of the following: Data sheets or graphs, pre-, process, and post video documentation, weekly SBT meeting form (i.e., documentation of 8 weeks or more of support implementation). Design and directly implement the process under the supervision of a credentialed supervisor.
4 Implementation
(Lead)
Actively led one or more case conceptualizations, served as an active implementor, and ongoing effective management of all stakeholders evolving priorities and concerns. Verification letter from FTF consultant and at least one of the following: Data sheets or graphs, pre-, process, and post video documentation, weekly SBT meeting from (i.e., documentation of 8 weeks or more of lead implementation). Independently design and directly implement the process with a client through intermittent supervision of a credentialed supervisor.
5 Advanced
Education and Application
Completed at least 3 other courses relevant to PFA and SBT and completed application exercises for at least one client for maintenance and generalization strategies in a design session with FTF. Certificates of completion or workshop certificates of participation and detailed completion of maintenance and generalization design rubric for a specific case (workbook upload). Design and implement treatment extensions with guidance and intermittent supervision from a credentialed supervisor.
6 Supervision Attended a Train-the-Trainer workshop with FTF and simultaneously coached at least two new implementation teams (e.g., lead and support) from case conceptualization and planning through implementation of PFA and SBT. Verification letter from FTF consultant and at least one of the following: Data sheets or graphs; pre-, process, and post video documentation, weekly Train-the-Trainer (TTT) meeting form (i.e., documentation of 8 weeks or more of indirect supervision). Independently design and provide supervision (indirect support) of process implementation including treatment extensions.
7 Consultation Completed FTF training program and facilitates the consultation process for client/implementer dyads in context of weekly FTF clinical meeting support. Recruited by FTF and accepted into the fellowship program or full-time employment, training checklist completion, and, at least, quarterly presentations in FTF clinical meetings. Consult with others to become implementers and supervisors of the process.

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Education and Licensure

Credential levels 6 and 7 require an independent practitioner’s credentials such as BCBA, SLP, Licensed Special Ed Teacher, or LCSW/LMSW.

Applying for Credentials

When submitting your application, the following fields are requested:

  • Name
  • Company name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Credential level for which you are applying
  • Education/Occupation (select all that apply):
    • BCBA, BCBA-D, BCaBA, RBT, Teacher, Paraprofessional/Educational Assistant/Behavior Tech, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, SLP, OT, Social Worker
  • Context in which you work (select all that apply):
    • Public school, Specialized school for autism or related disabilities, Hospital, Inpatient clinic, Outpatient clinic, Residential facility, Habilitative/Day Program, Home-Based
  • Consent to display your name on ftfbc.com
  • Application fee
  • Requested documentation (see eligibility requirements for more information)
    • If your credentialed level requires a verification letter, please download a verification form, complete the requested fields and submit it with your application.
Initial Application Fee $60 US dollars
Reevaluation Fee $10 US dollars

Application for Credentialing in Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) of severe problem behavior is managed by FTF Behavioral Consulting.  You may find the application form here.  Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  Keep in mind that it may take up to 2-4 weeks to process your application.  Please ensure all requested fields and documentation are thoroughly completed in a single submission to ensure the quickest processing time.

After your Application is Approved

Following successful evaluation of documentation and application approval, FTF provides PDF certificates of each credential level.  An example certificate is below.

  • First and Last Name: Displayed as it appears on your application.
  • Credentialing Number: An 8-digit number unique to your certification.

  • Issue Date: Day in which your certification officializes.
  • Expiration Date: Day in which your certification expires. To maintain a credential level or level up, you must apply for reevaluation at least once per calendar year.
  • Credentialing Level: Level for which you have completed the requirements for.

After your credentialing application is approved, you will receive an email with a copy of your certificate, a wallet card, and FTF’s Addressing Severe Problem Behavior with Today’s ABA Pledge. Newly certified applicants will appear in FTF’s Credentialing Directory within 3-7 business days of receiving their certificate.  Please note, only applicants who provide consent during the application process will be displayed.

Maintenance and Reevaluation

The purpose of FTF’s reevaluation requirement is to acknowledge the importance of continued education with respect to the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment as we continue to refine the elements of the process.

You must apply for reevaluation at least once per calendar year, with a maximum of 30 days before the expiration date.  Refer to the chart below for reevaluation options.

  Purpose Documentation Fee
Maintain Current Level To encourage certificants to stay up to date on developments in PFA and SBT within their current credential level. Learn Dash CEU Certificates of Completion $10
Level Up To encourage certificants to expand their PFA and SBT skills beyond requirements of their current credential level. Requested documentation for next level (see Eligibility Chart) $10

Reevaluation for Credentialing in Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) of severe problem behavior is managed by FTF Behavioral Consulting.  You may find the application form here.  Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  Keep in mind that it may take up to 2-4 weeks to process your application.  Please ensure all requested fields and documentation are thoroughly completed in a single submission to ensure the quickest processing time.

Today's ABA Pledge

 Addressing Problem Behavior with Today’s ABA 

Pledge 

1. I pledge to prioritize the client’s and staff’s safety, the televisibility of procedures, and the rapport between the client and those implementing the assessment and treatment processes, by emphasizing these values over procedures. 

2. I pledge to discover and create a context in which the client is happy, relaxed, and engaged (HRE) before attempting to functionally analyze problem behavior, conduct direct developmental assessments, or teach skills. 

3. Following the discovery of the conditions in which the client is HRE and prior to treatment, I pledge to empower the client by providing all reinforcers suspected of influencing problem behavior for any possible member of the problem behavior response class while ecologically relevant and developmentally appropriate establishing operations are respectfully progressed. 

4. I pledge to (a) bring and maintain the joy, (b) respectfully introduce challenging situations, (c) respond with empathy to both mild and serious problem behavior, and (d) understand how to turn off these behaviors before they escalate, all prior to attempting to teach skills or achieve other programmatic objectives. 

5. I pledge to commit to a skill-based treatment for problem behavior and arrange for progressing establishing operations, prompting, and differential reinforcement of skills to be the primary drivers of behavior change rather than extinction or punishment. 

6. I pledge to arrange for the client to provide and withdraw assent to participate in the treatment process. 

7. I pledge to routinely adjust the skill-based-treatment plan in response to any negative emotional responses and/or resurgence of problem behavior in accordance with the values of safety, televisibility, and rapport. 

8. I pledge to also prioritize the values of safety, televisibility, and rapport in interactions with caregivers and professional team members and do my best to create conditions under which caregivers and professional team members are as hopeful, relaxed, and engaged as possible. 

FTF Behavioral Consulting 

October 10, 2021

Click here to download, print out, and sign your pledge. 

FAQs

Q 1. What is the value for becoming a credentialed professional?

  • FTF’s credentialing provides professionals with an opportunity to verify their experiences with respect to the PFA and SBT process and receive recognition for their training, implementation experience, and supervision.

As a credentialed professional, you will:

  • Receive independent verification of training and experience (consistent with requirements of Code 1.05; Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, 2020);
  • Obtain a certificate and a wallet card verifying completion of requirements for your credentialed level;
  • Be featured on the FTF Credential Directory which will allow potential clients to connect with you.

Q2. If I am implementing or providing supervision on PFA and SBT, do I need to stop until I am credentialed? Do I have to be credentialed to implement the PFA and SBT process?

  • No, you do not need credentials to implement PFA and SBT. You do need credentialing to provide supervision to those implementing the process. Anyone can do and can continue to do PFA and SBT without credentialing, and we respect the implementer’s capability to discern what is within their scope of competence. The voluntary credentialing program is offered via FTF to serve a growing international demand for training, implementation support, and supervision regarding the PFA and SBT process. By providing professionals with an opportunity to verify their competency-based experiences and featuring them in FTF’s Credential Directory, FTF can help increase consumer confidence in a given professional competence (i.e., Knowledge, Application, Implementation, Advanced Knowledge, Supervision) and connect professionals and supervisors with potential clients and supervisees, globally.

Q3. Do I have to receive supervision from an FTF consultant?

  • No, you are not required to receive supervision from an FTF consultant to implement PFA and SBT. Anyone can do and can continue to do PFA and SBT without credentialing, and we respect the implementer’s capability to discern what is within their scope of competence. FTF’s credentialing program allows those who have completed competency-based supervisory training via FTF to be recognized for their experience and featured on the FTF Credentialing Directory, allowing potential clients and supervisees to connect with them.

Q 4. I attended a two-day live workshop before January 1, 2019, may I still apply for credentialing?

  • The purpose of FTF’s credentialing in PFA and SBT of severe problem behavior is to acknowledge the importance of continued training in the process even as its elements are refined. Therefore, only workshops, live trainings and courses delivered on, or after, January 1, 2019, will be accepted.

Q5. Can I apply to level up more than once per year?

  • As you acquire new skills and meet new eligibility requirements with respect to credentialing in PFA and SBT, we strongly encourage leveling up.

Q 6. How do I get started?

  • First, review the requirements to ensure that you meet the eligibility qualifications for the level for which you are applying. Then, complete an application.  Please ensure all requested fields and documentation are thoroughly completed in a single submission to ensure the quickest processing time.  You may find the application form here.

Q 7. Do I need master’s degree to apply?

  • No, you do not need a master’s degree to apply for credentialing.

Q 8. Do I need to be a BCBA to apply?

  • No; however, levels 6 and 7 require an independent practitioner’s credential such as BCBA, SLP, Licensed Special Ed Teacher, or LCSW/LMSW.

Q 9. I’m new to the PFA/SBT process, can I still apply? 

  • If you are new to the process, we recommend enrolling in the 10-hr on-demand course to complete your Level 1 requirement in the eligibility chart. Please find the 10 hour on-demand course: Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment here.

Q 10. Do you accept International applicants? Is the credentialing program International? 

  • Yes, FTF accepts applications from professionals regardless of residence. In other words, it’s an international credentialing system.

Q 11. After you have carefully reviewed the FAQ section and you still have questions regarding credentialing or your application, please contact Alex Beckwith at ftfcredentialing@ftfbc.com

Credentialing Informational Session

Watch the informational session below to learn more about FTF’s Credentialing Program from Dr. Hanley, Founder and CEO and Alex Beckwith, Director of Credentialing.

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