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H.E.A.L Conference 2022, hosted by TBCG!
The HEAL (Human Equine Alliances for Learning) Model™ uses a set of interrelated principles for understanding and managing emotion in ourselves and others, that we call “Six Keys to Relationship”. The neural circuits specifically related to social-emotional learning are among the most powerful predictors of whether people can truly thrive.
Participants from all over the country attended HEAL 2022, ( hosted by Bridge Therapeutic Services) from as far as California, Washington State, Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, Elizabeth City, New Jersey, and Northern Virginia. The Conference was held at Two Cedars Farm in Louisburg, NC by farm owner David Fillingim.
The conference was facilitated by Leigh Shambo, MSW, LPCC
Leigh Shambo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is widely recognized for authoring HEAL-sponsored research on Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is regularly invited to teach and facilitate throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
Formerly a professional horse trainer, Leigh discovered that the horses could be teachers in their own right when tragedy required her to face a journey of emotional healing.
This is why I started my company and why I emphasize positive parenting for people of color, in particular…
Latinx Parenting’s Leslie Priscilla wants to ‘decolonize’ discipline and ‘the way that we normalize violence on children in our community’
“Most Indigenous kinship groups didn’t actually use corporal punishment until colonization,” she says. “And so within the last 500 years, it’s gotten to the point where we have basically learned to use the tool for oppressors onto our children. Systemic oppression of our families and the marginalization of our families puts us at a stress level that makes it really difficult for us to practice gentle parenting and to practice research-based parenting. We live in a constant state of stress that can be traced back 500 years.
COMING SOON…EQUINE ASSISTED/FACILLITATED THERAPY VIA THE H.E.A.L MODEL
The HEAL Model™ uses a set of interrelated principles for understanding and managing emotion in ourselves and others, that we call “Six Keys to Relationship”. The neural circuits specifically related to social-emotional learning are among the most powerful predictors of whether people can truly thrive. Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL) activities serve as a living relationship laboratory. At HEAL horses are treated as companion animals in relationships that include working partnership (riding or ground training tasks). Strictly speaking, we cannot control the horse’s emotional state; but we can influence the horse’s emotion and behavior in positive directions by conscientiously managing our own arousal, thought processes and responses (i.e. by careful and educated use of the Keys). The HEAL emphasis on teaching specific skills for management of arousal and development of stress regulation skills distinguish it from other models of EFP or EAP and make this model more suitable for clinical populations, especially those with a background of trauma.
As part of our initiative to ensure that all clients receive quality services, each quarter we will be sending a small stimuli (a thing or event that evokes a specific functional reaction in an organ or tissue, may appear to be a small toy) to your home by mail to help you implement your child’s ABA plan in your home.
Per Clinical Coverage policy 8F, Parents/Caregivers are required to learn and use the ABA strategies in their home even when a behavior technician or supervisor is not present.
This quarter’s stimuli is called a timing cube or cube timer. It is easy to use (simply flip it on one side or the other to turn on the timer and turn it off) and can help with time management and task completion. This can also be used to help your child learn and understand the evidence-based practice known as “Time Delay.” Please read the attached article for more information.
Here is a Youtube video further explaining this process: Datexx Miracle Cube Timer
We are absolutely delighted to be in the new fiscal year, starting fresh, meeting new people, interviewing and hiring candidates, and putting the structure and organization in place to support our agency’s continued growth.
If you know a talented clinician or direct care provider who is interested in competitive salary, quality professional development, and collaborative culture, send them my way! #LCSW #LCHMC #BCBA #LPA #RBT #BT #ABAT #ABA
TBCG July Observances & ClosuresOur Summer Therapeutic Day Camp will be closed for intercession between 07/11/2022 & 07/15/2022 and reopen on Monday 07/18/2022. Please be safe!
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States.
Congratulations to our staff for your hard work and support as we went through the telehealth accreditation process for BHCOE. It was a rigorous process that took well over 250 man hours over the course of the last 3 months, but we did it! Attached is our certificate of completion and the letter of congratulations from the committee.
This summer our agency is piloting a specialized camp for children ages 3-12 who have social/emotional/behavioral challenges, ADHD, ASD, ODD, or related disorders.
Our mission for this program is to provide a small therapeutic camp environment with a high adult/provider to camper ratio (about 1:3). Our camp will focus on children who have been unsuccessful at previous camps due to behavior problems, social misunderstandings, sensory overwhelm, or bullying.
We will teach our campers how to be socially and behaviorally successful in a fun, compassionate, and supportive environment. We do not utilize a punitive approach but rather teach our campers how to self-regulate, how to get along with peers, how to engage in sports, and be safe during highly engaging activities using positive behavior support.
We continue to stand in solidarity with our partners, staff, clients, and families as they celebrate the numerous joyous occasions continuing throughout the spring…
Please be aware that our administrative offices will close at 4:00p on Fridays until Monday May 2nd, 2022 in observance of Lent & Ramadan. Our on-call line will be active, beginning at 4:00p (984-244-8642).
Please be aware that our administrative offices will be closed and all client services will be suspended Friday April 15th, 2022 thru Monday April 18th, 2022 in observance of Good Friday, Theravada New Year, & Easter Monday.
NEW Clinical Team Member Spotlight…
Dr. Sarah Lowen is the NEW Assistant Clinical Director for TBCG and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and her Masters of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (an APA-Accredited Graduate Program). She was Magna and Summa Cum Laude throughout her educational career and the recipient of the Dean Scholarship during her graduate training. Dr. Lowen has worked in a variety of settings throughout her training and career to include, but not limited to, child guidance clinics, court systems, university counseling centers, preschools, hospitals, developmental centers, and private practice. She has training experiences with a myriad of different presenting concerns and has a passion for delivering evidence-based psychological services to her community. She is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has extensive experience working with members within the Deaf community. In addition to her duties for TBCG, she presently works as a senior psychologist at a developmental center and has her own small private practice in Hillsborough. When not working, she and her husband enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally and are also avid Washington DC sports fans since they are originally from the DMV area.
NEW Clinical Team Member Spotlight…
Dr. Jennifer Rounds-Bryant is the NEW Clinical Director for TBCG and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.
Let me first say that I love, love, love being a clinical psychologist!! This career has been far more than I could have ever imagined. I selected it because it would allow me to play many roles under the auspices of being a helper. I have worn many of the hats that were possible when I started researching the profession in 1983, along with a few hats that did not even exist when I graduated in 1995. I am very passionate about using psychology to help people move forward toward their personal, professional, and academic goals. I am very sensitive to the benefit of collaboration versus the struggle of working alone. Most people who accomplish great things do so with a team of helpers. I am no exception to that rule. I look at my work as a psychologist as a way to pay forward the help I have received all along my journey.
We’ve updated our mission statement, take a “looksie”…
The Bridge Consulting Group, LLC exists for the purpose of creating and disseminating quality resources and services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, and Positive Discipline. Our target populations are individuals who suffer with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from ages 24 months to 22 years along with their caregivers, providers, and educators who live in Franklin, Vance, Warren, Granville, & Person Counties. We are actively engaged in this work as a part of our on-going efforts to enhance the quality of life for our clients and their families, with a particular emphasis on marginalized communities and people of color living in rural areas.
Clinical Team Member Spotlight…
I’m a native of Baltimore, Maryland. I am married and the mother of one son. I have 2 bonus children, 4 beautiful granddaughters and I am also the proud mother of handsome 4 year old Shih Poo (Oscar) I am a retired elementary educator teaching in two counties for a total of 28 years, Durham and Vance Counties. During that timespan I taught kindergarten through third grade. The general curriculum encompasses all subjects, but third grade Math is my favorite. During my years of teaching I have won several awards for having exemplary Math Scores compared to State scores. During my latter years of teaching I had the pleasure of mentoring new teachers, My colleagues elected me three times as Teacher of the Year while at George Washington Carver Elem. School in Henderson. I knew as a youngster that teaching was my calling. When playing school even though I am the youngest of 5 ,I was always the teacher.
As a retiree I spend my days still in the classroom tutoring students. I enjoy working at TBCG because it has allowed me to continue working with students. Lastly, I also volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Oxford and also Durham Rescue Mission.
Bridge Therapeutic Services stands in solidarity with every citizen that has and is currently working to make life better for the differently-abled, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities and those from challenging socio-economic backgrounds…
To that end, please note that our offices will be closed on 01/17/22 in observance of MLK Day.
Please see the website below for ideas for how to celebrate and extend the legacy of Dr. King.
Clinical Team Member Spotlight…
Al Peoples, MA, LCSW, (Outpatient Clinician)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 4 plus years experience working with individuals with substance addiction and mental health disorders including, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, & more. In addition, I’ve worked with individuals experiencing various types of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, & traumatic loss, i.e. homicide/unexpected deaths/drug overdose, helping them to cope with & process their experiences. I have also worked with young adult & adolescent populations to include individuals raging in age from 13-19 y/o. My experience with this age group includes performing biopsychosocial assessments for ongoing behavioral health services, as well as ICS work (Individual & Community Services) with Easter Seals designed to help individuals with developmental or intellectual skills acquire & maintain independent living skills. . I have experience working in both inpatient & outpatient settings providing therapy & psycho-education to patients & their families. I hold a Master of Social Work from North Carolina Central University, & an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Therapeutic models that I used are Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy & Narrative Therapy. I help people feel better, & live better one day at a time by promoting hope & positive expectations, using empathy, & teaching people how to recognize environmental triggers.
Meet our new ABA Supervisor, Brooke Vaughan….
I am your new ABA Supervisor, Brooke Vaughan. I grew up in Cary, NC and went to Panther Creek High School. I am the oldest of one sister and one brother. My favorite food is chocolate and spaghetti. My espresso consumption is a true cause for concern. I got my undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from the Oregon Institute of Technology and worked at the Behavior Improvement Group ABA Clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon. We worked with clients with disabilities such as Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stroke, PTSD, Autism, Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities. My mentor Dr. John Borgen and I shared a passion for using ABA in areas it is not typically seen and seeing behavior change for those impacted by maladaptive behaviors.
I volunteered with the Klamath Falls Veteran Affairs to provide services to clients pro bono and presented this work at ABAI (Applied Behavior Analysis International) conference in Chicago the spring of 2018. My graduate degree is in Applied Behavior Analysis also from The Oregon Institute of Technology where I continued this work over the next 3 years. I have worked in this field for 8 years and have enjoyed every application of ABA across disciplines.
During my undergraduate degree I joined the Oregon Army National Guard as Military Intelligence Psychological Operations Officer in 2016. I worked with the Clackamas, Oregon Military Support Detachment and specialized in Organizational Behavior Management and Interrogation Tactics. We used ABA across each of these specialties in team of Behavior Analysts and Psychologists in their respective fields of study.
My pride and joy is my six year old little boy Ares. We enjoy all outdoor activities, escape rooms, and our video game nights eating pizza and baking cookies. I shoot pool one night a week with my billiards team. We have been to Vegas once to shoot for an international title. We are a hodge podge group of friends since high school who became an awesome billiards team. On any given Friday night, you can find me singing karaoke with my pool team or playing team trivia at our local watering hole.
I am very excited to join the team here at The Bridge Consulting group and provide top notch care to our community. It is an honor to work with you.
I came across this in one of the groups I am a member of, I thought it was excellent. I go out of my way to patronize and promote businesses that support persons living with disabilities. AMC Theatres has always been first on my list, then CVS, Home Depot, and now I would like to proudly welcome Outback Steakhouse.
Our offices will be closed Wednesday 11/24/21 through Sunday 11/28/21.Our offices will be closed Wednesday 12/22/21 through Sunday 12/26/21.Our offices will be closed Thursday 12/30/21 through Sunday 01/03/2022.
Bridge Therapeutic Services wishes our clients, providers, and partnering agencies the greatest of fortune and happiness during this holiday season… Please note our adjusted hours through January 3rd, 2022.
Our offices will be closed Wednesday 11/24/21 through Saturday 12/26/21. Our offices will be closed Wednesday 12/22/21 through Sunday 12/26/21. Our offices will be closed Thursday 12/30/21 through Sunday 01/03/2022. *During these times, no clients will be served in the office or in the field. Telehealth appointments may continue if parent/caregivers are in agreement.
Last month Bridge Therapeutic Services finished off our focus on our core value of “Positive Discipline Discipleship.” I have been adamant that for children in the I/DD community, corporal punishment is inappropriate, ineffective, and in some cases criminal. As the parent of 4 special needs children, I also know that parenting is difficult even under the best of conditions and so I have reminded friends/parents/caregivers/colleagues to forgive themselves and move forward and I have tried to fill the gap with alternative methods of managing the gifts that are our children. I offer the following for your consideration…
“My parenting ‘superpower’ does not live in my ability to control my child or the situation, but in my ability to respond with curiosity and compassion.”
Pics of our new playroom at the 5 County Office…”Yay, who wants to play!”
Yay! The sign is up…
EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!
Weekly Staff Spotlight
Greetings everyone! My name is Destiny Lea, BA, QMHP, ABAT. I have worked in healthcare over the last 7 years as a Medical Assistant before finding my calling as an ABAT. Throughout the years It has taught me the meaning of hard work, and patience. I enjoy traveling to many new places (especially tropical settings). Every day I strive to be a better version of myself. I am a hard-working individual and will always put my best foot forward in every way possible. I admire other strong individuals who share the goal of helping individuals with developmental disabilities and their families be successful in everyday life. I am looking forward to working side by side with my colleagues, clients, and their families to implement these goals; and furthermore, watch clients blossom into their own independence!
Bridge Therapeutic Services is now accepting ABA clients with Blue Cross, Aetna, and Cardinal Medicaid with NO WAITLIST!!!
Renovations Updates: TBCG Administrative Offices Set to Open by Month’s End!
Church-Williams to be featured Speaker at the 19th Annual Northwest Positive Behavior Support Conference
ABA/Autism Program Parent & Community Interest Meeting (Virtual) @ 6pm
Just wanted to send a reminder to all of our clients, parents, friends, and stakeholders that we will have our first parent engagement event of the year on tomorrow (1/11) at 6p. The event will be virtual via Zoom. Please share and spread the word…#AutismAwareness
Hi Dr. Valencia,
On behalf of the entire team at BHCOE, I want to congratulate The Bridge Consulting Group on achieving Preliminary accreditation. Over the last several months, you’ve demonstrated a commitment to providing quality services by meeting or exceeding standards set by industry experts. We hope you’re proud of this important accomplishment!
Member Experience Specialist, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Address: 8033 West Sunset Blvd #1093
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Bridge Consulting Group Earns BHCOE Preliminary Accreditation
Receiving National Recognition for Commitment to Quality Improvement
Henderson, NC – BHCOE Accreditation has recognized The Bridge Consulting Group with a Preliminary Accreditation, acknowledging the organization as a behavioral service provider dedicated to continuous improvement in applied behavior analysis. BHCOE Accreditation recognizes behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff qualifications, and promote systems that enhance these areas. BHCOE Preliminary Accreditation occurs for newer organizations or organizations preparing to meet full accreditation review within a year, prior to a full evaluation. This consists of a high-level review of organizational systems to identify areas for improvement prior to growth.
BHCOE Accreditation and BHCOE Preliminary Accreditation are the only applied behavior analysis (ABA)-specific accreditations. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.
“The Bridge Consulting Group, LLC exists for the purpose of creating and disseminating resources and services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, and Positive Discipline,” said Founder Dr. Valencia Church-Williams. “Our team is proud of the BHCOE Preliminary distinction. We are actively engaged in this work as a part of our on-going efforts to enhance the quality of life for our clients and their families.”
Happy Veterans’ Day to all who have served bravely and honorably on behalf of this great nation…Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
The renovations at the Henderson office are well underway. Check out the latest pictures…
TBCG becomes QABA Credentialed!
Look what just came in the mail! I am so proud to be a newly approved course provider and CE provider for the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA).
The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) is an agency whose mission is to establish the highest standard of care and empower all professionals who provide behavioral intervention services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. Through access, transparency, and dedication to best practice, QABA provides all communities opportunity for consistent high-level care. We are excited to announce the launch of our new project! #newproject#QABA#Autism#Doc4Sped
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