I Downsized My ABA Company: Tips To Saving Your Company Ethically 

Many ABA companies are struggling right now. Small companies and big companies can’t find and retain RBTs. Small business owners are having trouble paying their bills. Large companies are closing their practices in entire states. In 2018, the turnover rates for RBTs ranged in studies from 30% to 75% (Molko, 2018). These numbers are likely the same or higher since the COVID pandemic and companies are also finding that the workforce pool is significantly smaller as well. In addition, since the pandemic began the field has also seen a 13% increase in turnover rate in Clinical Directors. Saundra Bishop, BCBA, LBA, CCTP has run a successful business for 13 years and pivoted in several ways during the pandemic. However, in March of 2022, she made the decision to downsize her company in order to stay open, provide services, and maintain a consistent workforce. In this workshop, Saundra Bishop will normalize the experience that many ABA owners are currently going through, explain the process she went through and how she got there, and offer some suggestions that could help other companies avoid a downsize. 

Learning Objectives

Learn various OBM Discuss strategies to overcome those barriers 

Possible reasons for why there are less behavior technicians available for ABA companies to hire 

Learn the process for downsizing a company 

About Your Instructor

Saundra Bishop

Saundra Bishop, BCBA, LBA, CCTP is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of BASICS ABA Therapy. She is also President of DC ABA. She has over 20 years of experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis and with people with Autism/Autistic people and has been a BCBA for 13 years. She is especially passionate about Trauma-Informed Behavior Management and models that focus on self advocacy rather than compliance. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and also certified to give trainings that qualify for Type-2 CEUs, DCPS CEUs, and CFSA foster parent hours. She has written a handbook called The Trauma Informed Behavior Management Handbook that walks providers through the steps of creating a trauma informed treatment plan. She was a foster parent for 7 years and has 4 children with and without special needs (3 who are adopted). She loves competitive storytelling and bike riding.