While BCI recently announced an internship program with Fitchburg State University, we have similar relationships with Worcester State University and Quinsagmond Community College. In fact, many of our staff members have either done their undergraduate or graduate work at those schools. Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts is another school with which we are developing a strong relationship.
Just recently, Endicott College student Glenna Macgowan completed a six-week internship at BCI. She is a sophomore from Grafton, Massachusetts majoring in Liberal Studies/Education, with a concentration in Autism and ABA.
During her six weeks, Glenna met her internship requirements by participating in new hire training, attending a senior management meeting and conducting numerous observations with ABA Therapists/Clinical Coordinators. The observations were completed within classrooms (Worcester Public Schools & BASICs program), within student’s homes and the community.
Glenna’s supervisor during her internship was BCI Senior Training Coordinator Jessica Stott. An Endicott College alum, Jessica also did an internship at BCI during her undergraduate days. In fact, her photo and testimonial are used in some of Endicott’s promotional materials about internship opportunities.
College students interested in applying for an internship at BCI during the fall semester of 2014 can send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com or by snail mail to: Behavioral Concepts, Inc., 345A Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA 01607, ATTN: Dr. Jeffrey Robinson.
BCI Social Skills program is a proud sponsor of a tree at the 16th annual Festival of (Giving) Trees. The Tree will be displayed from December 5-8th @ The LaSalle Reception Center 444 Main St Southbridge MA. Admission is $3 per tree. All money raised is donated to fight cancer and cancer research.
Over the past fifteen years, the Festival of (Giving) Trees has raised and donated over $420,000 to these beneficiaries.
To see a list of all the 2012 tree winners, special raffle winners, and senior day raffle winners from the 2012 Festival of (Giving) Trees click here on Winners List.
College interns have been part of BCI’s culture for the past several years. Many of those interns came from Worcester State University. While a typical internship lasts a semester, we wanted to create a program that provided greater benefit to the interns. The end result was a fellowship program we developed with WSU.
Currently, we have three Worcester State University students participating in the yearlong fellowship program. Here’s a checklist of what participants in the fellowship program will experience:
- Attend week-long comprehensive training for ABA techniques, jargon and methods as well as BCI specific staff requirements. Training culminates in an exam that must be passed in order to begin child specific orientation.
- Attend and pass 8 hour CPI (non-violent crisis prevention and intervention) training.
- Shadow Staff for complete sessions with a variety of clients.
- Implement skill acquisition programs.
- Implement Behavior Management Guidelines (BMGs) and/or Behavior Support Plans (BSPs)
- Collect and graph data on skill acquisition goals.
- Collect data on rates of behavior.
- Participate in weekly/bi weekly supervision with Clinical Coordinator
From the September 2013 Center for Autism Resources for Central Massachusetts newsletter:
The Danny Foundation has recently announced the availability of funding to provide assistance to individuals with autism and their families. Preference will be given to Massachusetts residents and organizations. The foundation will provide funds to organizations and individuals (the amount available to a single applicant in a given fiscal year is $100-$500; please do not request a grant in excess of $500): to assist families in the care of individuals with autism, including respite care; to help educate individuals regarding the diagnosis and treatment of autism; and to support professionals in furthering their education in the field of treating individuals with autism.
We are open to innovative projects that will provide increased independence for people with autism or increased family time. Your application must include the attached grant application cover sheet. Donations made to individuals will be need (financial) based. Explain your financial need. Please indicate why you qualify. We suggest you include a copy of your latest federal tax return. Please specify other current sources of assistance such as DDS, School District, Mass Health, etc. Without this information your request is incomplete and will not be reviewed.
Key Dates: Proposal postmarked by: October 15, 2013 Committee Evaluation: November 30, 2013 Notification: December 23, 2013
If you would like to apply for a Danny Foundation grant, you can download the application here.
Applications must be mailed to: Janet Abrahamson, Chairperson, 166 Mill Street Stoughton, MA 02072.
Here’s a letter from the Massachusetts Autism Division of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). It’s targeting Massachusetts familes with children under age 9 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The letter was taken from the Autism Resource Center for Central Massachusetts website.
While you are thinking about what to do with the kids this summer, you may want to consider BCI’s summer Social Skills program. Here’s the calendar.
To explain why the summer program is even more important once school is out, read the following testimonial from our Facebook page.
“I wanted to say that often vacations can be overwhelming when you have a child, or in my case, children, on the Spectrum. Kids who thrive on routine are suddenly thrown off, and the comfort and stability are out the window. I’m not sure if anyone else has these issues, but vacations seemed more difficult than regular days. Over vacations, my boys still ask for the bus, get their backpacks, and even go to the porch to wait. It’s tough to try to explain that the bus isn’t coming today, later…but later when? We have just completed an awesome Spring Vacation Week, thanks to the amazing efforts of the BCI staff. My boys attended Social Groups every morning led by Miss Sally Burke. It was wonderful to have a routine and to have something that the boys could look forward to and more importantly enjoy doing! Each afternoon our incredible therapists came over to have some fun in the community. Squeezing into my van with the boys and sometimes even driving their own vehicles searchng for playgrounds with the best fences so the boys wouldn’t run into harm’s way, to finding the coolest McDonald’s PlayLand when the weather wasn’t perfect. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, and again, and again, BCI is an amazing company filled with caring, patient, understanding, educated staff and they have changed my family’s life. I am so grateful.”
It’s two simple words. Yet saying ‘thank you’ can go such a long, long way. And it’s so easy to do. Sometimes we think if we say ‘thank you’ too much, it loses its value. Truth be told, it never does. Especially when it comes from your peers.
Case in point, a letter from one of our senior training coordinators, Jessica Stott, on the work of three BCI staff members: Lauren Gesner, Colleen Kemmitt and Catherine Athanasiou.
“Lauren and Colleen covered for my two students at Nelson Place on and off over the past month, until we had Catherine covering as the permanent staff. The classroom teacher still talks about how thorough and kind both Lauren and Colleen were in her classroom. Now that Catherine is there permanently, the boys have started to adjust and continue to make tremendous progress! Lauren, Colleen and Catherine- Thank you for making this a smooth transition for the boys and the classroom teacher. The boys continued progress is in large part to each one of you! Your hard work has NOT gone unnoticed.
Here at Behavioral Concepts, Inc., we continue to grow. Presently, we have openings for a part-time Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a part-time ABA Therapist. The descriptions for both positions are below.
If you are interested, please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Board
Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) continues to seek Board Certified Behavior Analysts who want an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children affected by autism. We are an expanding organization who values the involvement of staff in the growth of the company. Our current need is for part-time (after school) BCBA’s to provide consultation and program development/staff supervision with our insurance program clients. We believe in child centered behavior analysis and low caseloads (10-12). Our BCBA’s are responsible for assessment, program development, and analysis. They are liaisons to school staff and families of the children we support. Our BCBA’s provide direct supervision to our ABA therapists.
Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI) is recruiting part-time experienced ABA home therapists to work with children with autism under the supervision of BCBA or Master’s level clinician. Currently we are looking to fulfill afternoon sessions with days beginning at 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00pm. BCI is growing so if you’re interested in being part of an evolving organization please send your resume to email@example.com
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