“May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,

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, QBA, CAS, a 20 year veteran of special education, 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 provides clinical services such as 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 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. There are two administrative headquarters of 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). The company provides home-based, community-based, and virtual services in adherence to HIPPA standards, NC General Statutes, and all relevant governing boards for behavioral health professionals. All TBCG providers are ACEs trained, trauma informed, and QABA 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 Our Providers

*Below is a list of our featured providers. In addition to the providers below, we also employ a multi-disciplinary team which includes 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 Church-Williams, Ed.D, QBA, CAS
(CEO/ABA 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. In addition, she has extensive administrative and instructional, and clinical experience through her work as a literacy educator, administrator, behavior specialist, and consultant in urban environments such as Durham Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Richland County School District One & DC Charter Schools. However, the work that has been closest to her heart has been her service to and rural communities such as Franklin County Schools, Granville 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 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 also 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
(Manager of Operations)

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 Manager of Operations 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 3 children whom he raises the “Positive Discipline” way.


Dr. Beverly L. Joseph, Ed.D, ABAT
(Chief Financial Officer/HR Specialist)

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

Dr. Beverly L. Joseph is the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resource Specialist 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. Ervin Batchelor, PhD
(Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Director)

Dr. Ervin S. Batchelor, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is the Clinical Director for TBCG. He is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist licensed in North Carolina and Florida. He received a BA in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 1978, and MA in Clinical Psychology from Radford University in 1979. Dr. Batchelor worked in community mental health and the public schools serving youth and adults from 1979 to 1987, and returned to graduate school. Dr. Batchelor attended Ball State University in 1987 as a Graduate Fellow. He obtained a Ph.D. in School Psychology with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology in 1989, graduating with honors. Dr. Batchelor was appointed the first Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Harvard Medical School in 1989. There he held a position as Instructor of Neurology. Upon completing the Fellowship, Dr. Batchelor taught at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and opened the Carolina Center for Development and Rehabilitation (CCDR) in 1992. Dr. Batchelor grew a practice in Clinical Neuropsychology serving individuals across the developmental spectrum, and continuum of care. He retired as Executive Director of CCDR in 2015. He has edited a book in Pediatric Neuropsychology, and authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject. He currently resides with his family in Blowing Rock, NC, and maintains a small consulting practice.


Keni Church-Hines, LCMHC
(Director of School-Based Mental Health Services)

I am the Director of School-Based Mental Health Services for TBCG, the lead therapist, and a Licensed Qualified Autism Service Provider (LQASP). I hold a Master of Arts in Licensed Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia (2017). I have been serving children, adolescents, adults, and families for the past 3 years. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. I have experience with assessing and counseling men, women, parents, and children of all ages. Additionally, I have experience counseling those with concerns surrounding symptoms of depression, anxiety/panic, adjustment issues, psychological aspects of bi-polar disorder, substance abuse, grief, job stress, ,interpersonal relationships, codependency, eating disorders, family concerns, anger management, PTSD, Combat Trauma and Crisis. I am also experienced in counseling parenting concerns, behavior problems, attention deficit disorders, and hyperactivity disorders. The approached used is empathetic towards the individual differences and the developmental stage of each client, while demonstrating respect for the client’s beliefs, customs, and socio-cultural values.

I am proficient in using multiple treatment modalities that will be based on client needs/abilities/strengths/desire for change. Treatment modalities used include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), both of which teach how to combat irrational beliefs that bring pain/anxiety/depression. I have also used elements of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Narrative Therapy which both focus on the here and now and are not as concerned with the past. I have practiced the use of behavior therapy with children and have used elements of strategic and structural family therapy.


Derek Parker, ABAT
(Compliance Officer, Site Manager-Henderson)

Derek Parker joins the team with over 15 years of experience in security and digital forensics. He is a graduate of NC A & T University with a focus in IT and digital security. He will lend his background in technology and quality control to TBCG to ensure that the Henderson location runs efficiently and remains secure and HIPPA compliant.  Additionally, he brings a unique excitement and tenacity to parent education as the father of 3 sons whom he raises the “Positive Discipline” way.  As a Behavior Technician , he will serve as the Vance/Granville area supervisor as well as the site manager in the Henderson office.


Brittney Bates, ABAT, QMHP (Behavior Technician)

Brittney Bates is a Mental Health professional with more than 10 year of experience advocating for the most vulnerable consumers with various socio-economic, cultural, and mental health classifications. She has provided services to clients and consumers in both residential and in home settings. She is a results-driven and trustworthy professional with proven knowledge of and application in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition to her service and advocacy as a mental health services provider, she is also a licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent. She is the therapeutic foster mother to three beautiful teenaged girls whom she parents the “Positive Discipline Way.”

Brittney earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Organization Management from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. Her most recent service has been in the Vance county penial system as well as Level 3 Residential centers for young women across the 5-county region. Her mantra is the following: “My passion is to advocate for those who can not advocate for themselves.”

Noely Martinez Overby, ABAT, AP
(Behavior Technician

Noely Martinez Overby is joining the team as a behavior technician. Her background is in Medical Assisting and Clinical Research and she has worked in multiple specialties including pediatrics and women’s health. She has over 8 years of experience in the medical field and is currently managing departmental regulatory aspects for clinical trials and research activities as the regulatory coordinator at a large institution. She is a wife and mother of one and enjoys working with and helping children.

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

Community Based Registered/Certified Behavior Technician (Hybrid), Part-time

Position Overview

•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: 
ChathamFranklinGranvilleHalifaxOrangePersonVance, & Warren


•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

Community Based Licensed Clinicians (Hybrid), Part-time

Position Overview

•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: 
ChathamFranklinGranvilleHalifaxOrangePersonVance, & Warren


•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

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