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Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of how behavior is learned from the environment. Interventions based out of scientific inquiry are designed to provide the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness in teaching new behaviors and reducing problematic behaviors.

The core elements of ABA that will be utilized in treatment are:

  • Assessment of behavior (current skills, skill deficits, function of problematic behavior)
  • Direct instruction of behavior skills with transference of skills through prompt fading and shaping
  • Instruction occurring in both discrete trial and natural teaching sessions
  • Strategies to increase motivation to learn such as pairing, preference assessments, rotating reinforcers and contriving reinforcement
  • Data collection and analysis with treatment decisions based on behavioral data
  • Generalization strategies to ensure carryover of learned skills across people and settings
  • Competency checks of staff’s ability to conduct procedures accurately


    WellSpan Philhaven ABA-BHRS is structured in teams under the supervision of a BCBA. Teams are focused in one population segment to target training and supervision:

    • Behavior Analyst (BCBA): Team Lead supporting and supervising staff
    • Behavior Consultants (BC): Master’s level licensed clinician
    • Behavior Technicians (BT): Bachelors prepared staff under the supervision of a BC

    We strive for a culture of ABA clinical excellence. Teams stay connected through regular supervision both on-site and in the office, a vigorous training schedule, professional articles and core competency feedback.

    Outside the scope of BHRS roles

    The following are examples of interactions that would not be appropriate in the role of BHRS staff:

    • Providing services not outlined in the treatment plan
    • Replacing school personnel such as a teacher or aide or providing academic tutoring
    • Substituting as a caregiver to provide care or supervision in the home or community or to babysit
    • Administering medication
    • Preparing meals or housekeeping
    • Running errands for the caregiver
    • Providing transportation for the client or family
    • Developing a relationship for the purpose of role modeling with no behavioral intervention or treatment plan
    • Spending personal time with the client or family outside of session

    To get started with BHRS, please call 1-888-324-0064 for an initial evaluation and to complete the referral.