I received an MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. I moved to Virginia in 2013 where I began attending Florida Institute for Technology for the BCBA sequence and began working first as a behavior technician, briefly as a BCaBA, then became a BCBA in 2017. I have worked with children from ages 2-17 with a variety of diagnoses, including ASD, Down syndrome, several rare chromosomal deletions, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and selective mutism. I have experience working with children in clinics, in-home, in school, and in the community.
This course expands the conversation beyond treatment teams to support families and prioritize the needs of children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or mental health dual diagnoses. As social workers, therapists, and counselors, we do not have the skillset of BCBA’s when treating ASD and other related behavioral disorders. Helayna Banks, Tyra Johnson, and Dr. Carla Smith provide unique perspective to BCBA’s role in treatment and the specifics around assessment and diagnosis.