Employment and Course Credit
PATH employees must be at least part-time students at the University of Nevada, Reno in order to qualify for a position. Employees' part-time status must continue throughout the employment period in order to be eligible. Previous exposure to psychology classes is recommended but is not a requirement in order to be an employee. Prospective staff members should have a desire to work with adults with intellectual disabilities.
Students can sign up for course credit in research and field experience to become a PATH employee. The psychology classes affiliated with this are PSY 275, 375 and 440. In order to obtain the class call numbers, students may contact PATH. Students can sign up for one to three credits; each credit requires 45 hours of work.
What to expect
Each new employee is trained by one of the PATH management staff before working directly with PATH consumers. Initial training sessions outlining basic behavior analytic principles, job duties, policies, procedures and data collection are completed first. Following this training, employees are given training on each individual consumer until they feel comfortable. Employees are then able to work one-on-one with a consumer.
PATH employees are expected to follow the consumer schedule outlined by the graduate students. Each graduate student is responsible for managing two to three consumers' cases. All consumers have a daily schedule outlining various activities, breaks, lunch and cleaning up times. Employees are assigned to a different consumer each hour and required to guide the consumer through the scheduled activities. Employees also are expected to collect data on consumer behavior during the hour.
PATH employees are required to attend one staff meeting every two weeks. Every other week two staff meetings are scheduled, one before work and one after, employees are required to attend one of these meetings.
An electronic application form is available. Those interested should print out a copy and fill out the form. Then, they should call PATH, (775) 636-2584, or email use at firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up an interview, and bring the completed application to the interview. Initial pay rates are based on previous experience.