About Us

“May I be a guard for those who are protector-less, A guide for those who journey on the road. For those who wish to cross the sea of suffering, May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.”

~ The Way of the Bodhisattva

Critical Disabilities Theorists; Behavior Therapists; Education Consultants, Disabilities Advocates, Special Educators, Parent Educators

The Bridge Consulting Group LLC (TBCG)

 Is a community-based entity that offers a core set of evidence-based clinical and behavioral services as well as consultancy, training, and demonstration programs to meet the needs of our target populations which are individuals who suffer with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and their caregivers, providers, and educators in the rural piedmont of North Carolina.

TBCG was founded by Dr. Valencia Church-Williams, Ed.D, LBA, QBA, CAS

A 20+ year veteran of special education, Licensed Behavior Analyst, Certified Autism Specialist and QABA Certified Behavior Analyst, in conjunction with Dr. Beverly Joseph, Ed.D, ABAT and Dion Quarles-El. At its inception, it was the vision of Dr. Church-Williams that the program serve as a “bridge” for other entities seeking to widely expose the humanistic practices of Positive Behavior Support and Positive Discipline, in the form of Applied Behavior Analysis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to and for underrepresented communities.

TBCG

TBCG provides consultative as well as clinical services such as assessments, diagnostic evaluations, family consultation sessions, parent/caregiver education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a host of other evidence-based practices rooted in the teachings and research of B.F. Skinner, Alfred Adler, and Steven Hayes.

In addition to therapeutic services, TBCG conducts training both locally and nationally and provides consultation for school districts, teachers, residential care providers, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines. Action-research in these environments has proven invaluable for improving the work of our consultants and therapists as well as that of professional educators with learners of diverse abilities and needs.

administrative headquarters

There are three administrative headquarters for TBCG, one in Durham, North Carolina which serves the Orange/Chatham/Alamance area and another in Henderson, North Carolina, which serves the “5 County Area” (Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Warren), and one in Danville, VA which serves the rural “border counties” between NC and VA. Our agency provides home-based, community-based, and virtual services in adherence to HIPPA standards, NC & VA General Statutes, and all relevant governing boards for behavioral health professionals.

TBCG providers

All TBCG providers are ACEs trained, trauma informed, and QABA or BCBA credentialed. Additionally, all providers are Certified Qualified Professionals (CQP) or are Licensed Qualified Autism Service Professional (LQASP) per section CCP 8F (Clinical Coverage Policy No: 8F, 2019). TBCG is also in candidacy status for BHCOE accreditation with a proposed completion date of December 2020.

For more information about:

*Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA®)
*Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
*Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
*Behavioral Health Center of Excellence® (BHCOE)

Meet A Few of Our Providers

Below are a few of our “featured” providers for the month. In addition to the providers below, we also employ a multi-disciplinary team including Licensed Psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (QBAs & BCBAs), Licensed Professional Counselors (LCMHCs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Certified Behavior Technicians (ABATs & RBTs), Peer Support Specialists, Community Support Specialists, and other Behavioral Health Professionals.

Dr. Valencia J. Church-Williams, Ed.D, LBA, QBA, CAS

(Executive Director)

Critical Disabilities Theorist; Behavior Therapist; Consultant; Advocate; Special Educator; Parent Educator

Dr. Church-Williams, a native of Franklinton, NC, is a scholar-practitioner with 20+ years of experience at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. Her foci have been literacy, data-driven decision making, and federal compliance to IDEA, ADA, Section 504, and Title IX as well as Behavior Analytics. In addition, she has extensive administrative, instructional, and clinical experience through her work as a literacy educator, administrator, behavior analyst, and consultant in urban environments such as Durham Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Compton ISD, Richland County School District One & DC Charter Schools. However, the work that has been closest to her heart has been her service to and for rural communities such as Franklin County Schools, Vance County Schools, Charleston County School District, and Orangeburg 5 Consolidated School District. 

 

Church-Williams is a licensed school administrator and special educator, and a licensed and nationally certified Behavior Analyst, having earned a bachelors in education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a doctorate in Special Education Leadership from Northcentral University with a specialty in Autism Spectrum Disorders and having completed post-doctoral studies at Clemson University’s Center for Behavior Analysis. She recently earned recognition as a certified Autism Specialist and as a certified Parent Educator, a credential accredited by the Positive Discipline Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. She provides continuing education credits and board supervision via the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA®), where she also serves on the ad hoc committee responsible for ensuring the psychometric quality of the standardized assessments used to credential across their three tiers of behavioral services providers.  In addition to her service to QABA, she also serves as charter board member for Revitalize Charter School in Raleigh, North Carolina and a member of the Equity and Integrated Systems Committee for the Association of Positive Behavior Support.

Church-Williams formerly served as a clinical faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University where she taught special education compliance, Applied Behavior Analysis for teachers, and educational psychometrics. She was also the Director of Student Support Services for a large, urban charter network in Washington, DC where she specialized in compliance, anti-discrimination, and disabilities services as the Section 504 and Title IX coordinator.

Throughout her career, she has worked to support youth and adult learners and fought to protect their civil rights along with their access to high-quality literacy education and socio-emotional education. Church-Williams  brings years of personal experience to parent education as the mother of 4 children with special needs whom she parents the “Positive Discipline” way.

Research Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Critical Disabilities Theory; Applied Behavior Analysis; Special Education Teacher Quality; Teacher Preparation; Professional Development; Reading Pedagogy; Educational Psychometrics


Dion Quarles-El

(Facilities/Operations Manager)

Dion Quarles-El is one of the co-founders of TBCG and a native of Washington, DC.  Having experienced a difficult childhood, he understands first-hand the necessity of positive discipline support as an important component for building the esteem and resilience of children of color. He is a trained behavior technician, peer support specialist, and parent educator.  As the Operations Manager for TBCG, he oversees facilities and maintenance along with ensuring OSHA and ADA compliance at each of the TBCG administrative offices.  Additionally, he brings years of personal experience to parent education as the father of 4 children whom he parents the “Positive Discipline” way.

Dr. Beverly Joseph, EdD, QASP-S

(HR Director/Parent Coordinator)

“It’s not about us, it’s about the children…”

Dr. Beverly L. Joseph is the Chief Human Resources Officer and School Liaison for TBCG. She is a retired educator with more than 36 years experience. Her background is special education. She was a teacher,  consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Children Services and Student Services and a National Education Consultant. Most recently she became a certified Applied Behavior Analysis Technician with the QABA credentialing board.

Dr. Joseph was named Principal of the Year in 2004, and received the Outstanding Superintendent Award. Her dissertation received the Phi Delta Kappan Outstanding Dissertation Award for the east coast. She is a published author of several children’s books and has written and co-written multiple peer-reviewed articles related to teaching reading via Direct Instruction.

In addition to her duties for TBCG, she presently works as a paralegal and office manager for a local law firm. She is the mother of 3 adult children 6 grandchildren, and an amazing husband of 27 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and traveling with her husband.

Dr. Jennifer Rounds-Bryant, PhD, LP

(Clinical Director)

Dr. Jennifer Rounds-Bryant, PhD, LP is the Clinical Director for TBCG. 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.  

Madison McFadden-Steele, BS QASP-S

(ABA Director-Intern)

Madison is the ABA Director-Intern, program manager and an ABA supervisor for The Bridge Consulting Group. She grew up in North Carolina. She is a mom to her 4-year-old son, Wyatt. In her free time, she enjoys going to Target, museums, zoos, and animal shelters with her son. She has two cats, August and Charlie, that always pop up in her virtual meetings and sessions! Madison graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She has been a Registered Behavior Technician for 3 years. Recently, Madison obtained her Qualified Autism Service Practitioner Supervisor (QASP-S) credential. Madison has worked with children aged 3-19. She has worked with children on both ends of the Autism Spectrum. She has experience with verbal and nonverbal children, children with aggressive behaviors, and children with toileting needs. Madison is kind, patient, caring, and has a background in person-centered planning. She aims to provide the best services to children AND their families. She is the program manager and an ABA supervisor for the Bridge Consulting Group. Madison is pursuing her Master’s degree in ABA. 

Lakeisha Aiken, BS, MA, LCMHC-A

(Durham Site Supervisor)

Lakeisha Aiken is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. She obtained a Batchelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Counselor Education with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and the site supervisor for our Durham location.

August’s Featured Providers

“Jada”, BT, QMHP

(Durham Office)

My name is Jada and I am a canine facilitator/service animal-in-training. As a facility dog, I am expertly trained to partner with a facilitator and work in a health care, visitation or education setting. I enjoy turkey treats, long walks in the park, and positive behavior support. My favorite evidence-based practices are pivotal response training (PRT), Exercise (ECE), and manding with my eyes for snuggles.

What is a Behavior Technician?
A Behavioral Technician provides clinical skills instruction and behavior reduction protocols based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to children with Autism and related developmental disabilities in the home, community, and school settings.

Location/Position Availability
Durham, Wake, Franklin, Granville, Warren, Person, Vance, & Warren

Interested in joining Team TBCG?
Please forward your resume/CV and cover letter to admin@thebridgeconsultinggroupllc.com and complete the application form.

Position Description: Community Based Registered/Certified Behavior Technician Part-time & Full-time
•Community-based, In-home, and Virtual appointments, working with a mix of children and adolescents
•Flexible caseload requirements
•Scheduling determined between therapist and client
Requirements
•Must be at least 18 years old
•Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (BA/BS in in psychology, special education, or related field preferred).
•Must hold or be willing to obtain within 30 days of hire certification as a behavior technician

Position Description: Community-Based Licensed Clinicians (Hybrid), Part-time
•Community-based, In-home, and Virtual appointments, working with a mix of children and adolescents
•Flexible caseload requirements
•Scheduling determined between therapist and client
•Positions available in: 
Requirements
•Clinical license in North Carolina, including full and associate-level licenses: Counselors (LPC, LPCA), Clinical Social Workers (LCSW, LCSWA), Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT, LMFTA) and licensed Psychologists and Psychological Associates (LP/LPA)