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67 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Possible Series Finale! A conversation with AZA United's clinical leaders
For what may prove to be the last episode of the Sr+ podcast (we have not fully decided yet), Dr. ABR sits down for a long overdue conversation with two incredible souls. Carey Beranek is our VP & Clinical Director of Children & Youth Services, as well as the president-elect for the AZ Association of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Ehren Werntz is our VP & Clinical Director of Family & Community Services, and leads our state SIG on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). This one is definitely worth a listen!
100 minutes | May 1, 2020
COVID-19 Support for ABA Organizations
In this special episode we welcome back two previous guests, Lorri Unumb from the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP), and Sara Litvak from the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. We discuss the resources and support each has been providing for leaders of ABA organizations during the COVID-19 emergency period.
79 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
Jonathan Tarbox - Scaling Clinical Quality
Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is the Program Director of the MS ABA program at USC, Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice, and a well-known leader in the field. In this episode we examine how autism services organizations can take a values-based approach to expansion, so that as they grow they can successfully scale clinical quality. We discuss his experience, observations, pitfalls to avoid, and suggestions for organizations to grow with purpose.
86 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
Lauren Solotar - May Institute
Dr. Lauren Solotar is CEO of the May Institute and President of their National Autism Center, where she manages the senior leadership team and oversees expansion of global services. As a licensed psychologist, she previously served as Chief Clinical Officer to set quality standards for clinical practice, training programs and research. She is an expert in cognitive behavior therapy and treating eating and anxiety disorders, with research published in several peer-reviewed journals.
93 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
Lorri Unumb - Why Insurance Now Pays for ABA
Lorri Unumb is best known for leading a nationwide effort to get state mandates passed that require insurance coverage of ABA services for individuals with autism. She recently transitioned from her role as Head of State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks to CEO for the Council of Autism Service Providers (www.CASProviders.org). In this interview we discuss her personal story, the legislative process, her new role at CASP, changes in the autism services field, and tips for growing organizations.
80 minutes | Jun 17, 2019
Chris Sullens - CEO of CentralReach
Chris Sullens is the current CEO of CentralReach, a practice management software for ABA and related autism service provider companies that manages billing, scheduling, data collection and more. In this interview we talk about what the software can do to help organizations, his background in growing technology companies, and how technology is playing an important role in the evolution of the autism services field. Learn more at www.CentralReach.com
94 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
Dexter Braff - Private Equity Invests in Autism & ABA Services
Dexter Braff is the President of The Braff Group, a leading health care mergers and acquisitions advisor specializing in autism services. Since starting in 1998, the firm has completed more than 325 health care deals. In this episode, we discuss the wave of private equity investment that is sweeping the autism and ABA services industry across the nation, especially over the last two years. Dexter explains what private equity is and shares insight on how the field is rapidly changing as a result.
91 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
Sara Litvak - Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Join us for some invaluable tips from Sara Litvak of the BHCOE. They provide accreditation for ABA organizations and have identified best practices and suggestions for organizations to grow successfully and ethically. This episode also features an update from your host Dr. ABR on his organization, AZA United, and what's going on with their expansion efforts. Lots of great tidbits for organizational leaders and BCBAs to digest in this episode as our field is experiencing transformational change.
8 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
Season 2 Trailer - Organizational Expansion
Many organizations across the country are focused on growth. Season 2 will take an inside at look at what's going in the autism ABA field, with interviews from guests that can teach us something about successful expansion. As your host, I will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at how AZA United is approaching the challenge. You can learn more about that in this blog: https://azaunited.org/blog/plans-for-an-east-valley-center
44 minutes | Dec 21, 2018
Patrick Progar - Princeton Child Development Institute
Dr. Patrick Progar, BCBA-D, is the Executive Director of Princeton Child Development Institute in New Jersey. In this episode we discuss the history and program models of PCDI, as well as Patrick's background in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
71 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
Peter Gerhardt - EPIC School
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ (epicschool.org). The Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC) uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) to teach individuals with autism new skills and increased independence. In this interview we discuss EPIC's educational model and Peter's perspective on how to prepare adults with autism for success in real world settings.
60 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
David Kearon - Autism Speaks Adult Services
Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks (autismspeaks.org), where he works to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities and resources available to adults with autism related to employment, housing and residential supports, post-secondary education and community integration. In this interview we discuss some specific initiatives they are doing to help adults, opportunities and challenges he foresees in the future, and how the organization has evolved over time.
75 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
Sarah Trautman-Eslinger - President of CalABA
Sarah Trautman-Eslinger is the owner of STE Consultants, a leading ABA provider agency in northern California (STEconsultants.com). She also currently serves as President of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA). In this interview we discuss the origins and future goals of her company, strategic initiatives underway with CalABA, how to build great organizational culture within ABA agencies, and general thoughts on the future of our field.
76 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Bryna Siegel - The Politics of Autism
Dr. Bryna Siegel is a developmental psychologist, as well as founder and Executive Director of the Autism Center of Northern California (ACNC). She is retired as Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She has published several books, including the widely read "Helping Children with Autism Learn," and a recent release called "The Politics of Autism." In this interview, we discuss all that and more. Visit brynasiegel.com for more info.
38 minutes | Sep 11, 2018
Sarah Morgan - Facilitating Parent Support Group Branches
Sarah Morgan is the Senior Branch Community Engagement Officer for the National Autistic Society in Wales. In this interview we discuss how support group branches get started, and what Sarah’s role is to train volunteers, conduct risk assessments, and provide technical support. We also discuss how NAS strategically integrates these branches into key initiatives related to public policy and fundraising. Learn more about NAS programs at autism.org.uk
65 minutes | Aug 16, 2018
Ian Dale - Measuring Impact for Autism Programs
Ian Dale serves as Head of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation for the National Autistic Society in London (www.autism.org.uk). In this interview we discuss his role as a data analyst for the organization, different techniques they use to measure impact for all kinds of programs, what types of outcome measures are most valuable to track, and how this approach leads to data-based decision making to improve the organization's overall mission impact and optimal use of resources.
75 minutes | Aug 6, 2018
Carol Povey - Director for the National Autistic Society
Carol Povey is the Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society (www.autism.org.uk), the oldest and largest autism charity in the United Kingdom. In this interview we discuss the history of NAS, the wide scope of services and supports they offer for parents and individuals of all ages, and how they are advancing opportunities for people with autism through better diagnosis, legislative initiatives, and autism awareness.
63 minutes | Jul 16, 2018
Daniel Cadey - Autism Friendly Award
Daniel Cadey is the Autism Friendly Development Manager for the National Autistic Society (NAS) in London. He oversees their Autism Friendly Award program, which certifies business of all sectors and sizes throughout the United Kingdom for making changes to benefit people with autism and their families. In this interview we learn about what businesses must achieve to become certified as autism-friendly, and how this program helps the broader autism community. https://www.autism.org.uk/autismfriendlyaward
66 minutes | Jul 6, 2018
Dave Giles - Intermountain Centers
Dr. David K. Giles is the founder and CEO of Intermountain Centers (intermountaincenters.org), a behavioral health agency in Tucson that has existed for 50 years and strives to be a model for human service organizations. In this interview, we discuss Dave's roots as an early behavior analyst working with Mont Wolf and many other "legends," how Intermountain started, and the key roles they have had in the deinstitutionalization movement, the development of wraparound services, and state licensure for BCBAs.
76 minutes | May 21, 2018
Michael Dougher - Association for Behavior Analysis International
In this episode we discuss the past, present and future of behaviorism, psychology, and many other deep dives with the president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Dr. Michael Dougher has had an extensive career in behavior analysis and psychology, including a key role in the development of the now rapidly growing field of clinical behavior analysis and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Learn more at https://www.abainternational.org/constituents/bios/michaeldougher.aspx
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