CNM Ingenuity Helps Address Need for More Workers Specialized in Autism Care

August 17, 2016 -- CNM Ingenuity and Centria Healthcare are teaming up with the goal of training enough people to fill a projected 300 new jobs in New Mexico.
August 17, 2016

Centria is a healthcare provider that, among its many services, works with children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. The company recently announced that it is moving into New Mexico and is working with CNM to meet its workforce needs.

“Centria is in need of registered behavior technicians (RBTs) who help people with autism, their families and caregivers,” said Lissa Knudsen, CNM’s program coordinator.  “Starting this fall, CNM will be offering a 45-hour RBT certificate training program to educate individuals to work in this profession. The company has provided a generous donation to help launch the program and provide some financial aid to students.”

The CNM program will offer hands-on experience to students and give them the knowledge they need to pass the Registered Behavior Technician Exam. People who want to work as RBTs at companies other than Centria can also take the course.

RBTs work in home-care environments, in centers or in schools providing one-on-one therapy and behavioral assistance to those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. They are responsible for implementing behavioral plans developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and collecting and charting data on the progress and improvement in the abilities of clients with whom they work.

New Mexico’s autism rates are climbing, and research shows that effective, scientifically-based Applied Behavior Analysis interventions have a profound impact on child development.

Though there are other programs available, CNM’s stands out because it will be offering:

*  Rolling registration so students can get started on their training at any time – students have three months from start date to finish;

*  Five hours of stress management and prevention training so that students who graduate won’t burn out;

*  High-quality, interactive curricula developed by one of the most highly respected autism instructors in the state;

*  In-person performance assessments that allow students to collaborate with future co-workers and provide a supportive structure that gets results.

Students in the program will learn Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy that encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors in order to improve a variety of skills. Currently in New Mexico, there are only 32 board-certified behavior analysts and a shortage of RBTs.

CNM’s RBT licensure program will start Aug. 29 and includes an online, self-paced component and 16 hours of face-to-face performance assessments.