Behavior Therapist (PT) – Positive Behavior Steps – Irwindale, CA

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Job Description:

  • Under the supervision of a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Behavior Therapists (BTs) implement evidence-based behavior intervention methods specific to each child’s treatment plan. A Behavior Therapist works 1:1 with children/adolescents and teaches skills through play-based activities.
  • ABA therapy aims to replace target behaviors (such as tantrums, aggression, noncompliance, and self-injurious behaviors) with socially significant behaviors (i.e., speech and language development, play skills, compliance, self-care, and increased independence).

What skills will you develop?

  • Behavior functions and behavior modification.
  • Reinforcement procedures.
  • Defining behavior in measurable terms.
  • Understanding components of a BIP.
  • Implementation of scientific-based intervention methods.
  • Teaching strategies.
  • Consultation skills.
  • HIPAA understanding and compliance.
  • Professionalism and ethical behavior.
  • Electronic data collection.
  • Microsoft Office 365 and Excel.

Why join our team?

  • Attendance bonuses.
  • 40-hour RBT training and paid exam fees.
  • 1:1 weekly support from BT Trainer.
  • Monthly BT training.
  • Learn with a Behavior Skills Training approach.
  • Teamwork approach to services.
  • Mileage reimbursement.
  • Cell phone reimbursement.
  • Room for career advancement and professional growth.

Are you new to ABA?

ABA is a systematic approach in which clinical team members utilize their understanding of how behavior works, how it is affected by the environment, and how learning occurs. Learn more about the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and why its evidence-based practices are beneficial for children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities. We provide ongoing support and the opportunity to obtain a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification under the supervision of a certified behavior analyst! With the RBT credential, our BTs qualify for a higher pay bracket.

Who should apply?

  • Ideal candidates are energetic, patient, empathetic, and possess strong communication, organization, and time management skills.
  • Candidates enjoy working with children by engaging in play and social interaction and are passionate about helping the developmental disabilities population.
  • Candidates who seek a rewarding experience that produces socially significant changes and improves the overall quality of life of the children we serve.

Where is the job located?

  • Along with Irwindale, we have additional staff needs in the following areas: Los Angeles, El Monte, Covina, Walnut, La Puente, Bell, and Rosemead.


  • This is a part-time position, but full-time hours are available if open to working with an additional client during the workweek, and there is always an opportunity to pick up extra hours.
  • Typically Monday-Friday after 1:30 PM (as clients are usually in school in the mornings).

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Report to Clinical Supervisor (BCBA assigned to client’s case).
  • Work 1:1 with the client.
  • Utilize strategies in applied behavior analysis as appropriate to the client’s behavior intervention plan.
  • Regularly analyze the client’s strengths in completing functional tasks and assess their needs.
  • Notify the clinical team of newly observed target behaviors.
  • Document significant behavior changes accordingly.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to challenging behaviors exhibited by the client.
  • Perform data collection consistently when implementing strategies.
  • Monitor the client’s progression according to goals outlined in a behavior intervention plan.
  • Actively communicate session cancellations with Scheduler and coordinate makeup sessions.
  • Direct questions and concerns to the administrative team.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies and state and federal regulations.
  • Check the PBS Outlook email account regularly and respond promptly.
  • Participate in required team meetings.
  • Complete mandatory and ongoing (paid) training.
  • Additional responsibilities to accommodate the client’s needs as assigned by the Supervisor.


  • Experienced preferred, but not needed! (RBT certification a plus).
  • Minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Experience working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities is preferred not required.
  • Must demonstrate skills in time management, communication, organization, and documentation.
  • Familiarity with Office 365 or proficiency in Microsoft Office preferred.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a working cellular phone.
  • New hires are expected to complete a background check through the DOJ and FBI.

About Positive Behavior Steps:

Positive Behavior Steps was established in an effort to increase the amount of support to the special needs’ population, as individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities are often limited to resources that support them in overcoming barriers at home and within their community. We advocate for our clients by providing quality support with trained staff, and by assisting families that may be overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child with developmental delays.

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