About Us - Management

 

Karen

Our CEO, Dr. Karen R. Wagner, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. She is an adjunct instructor for the UMASS Lowell online Behavioral Interventions in Autism certificate program, a Trustee for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, a former director for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts; a past-president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis  and is a frequent presenter nationally and internationally on topics relating to behavior analysis, ethics, supervision, education, and technology. She is also the Continuing Education coordinator for our online CEU website,  wwwTheBehaviorAnalyst.com

About Us -

Professional & Paraprofessional Staff

Our staff are highly trained and committed to providing the best services possible.

All staff are trained in “Tools for Positive Behavior Change” a curriculum developed for children in foster care and those who are at risk for abuse. The tools focus on preventing unwanted behavior while emphasizing desired behaviors. These tools were developed based on the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the work of Dr Glenn Latham, and are equally effective with all children, adolescents, and adults, including those with identified disabilities.

Staff are also trained in Professional Crisis Management (PCM). This system of intervention also focuses upon preventing unwanted or dangerous behavior, but provides methods to intervene when consumer behaviors become dangerous to themselves or others.

Additionally, staff receive frequent feedback and opportunities for professional development.

   
 

Our Certified Staff

 

Board Certified Behavior Analysts - Doctoral (BCBA-D) - These practitioners have a PhD or EdD in behavior analysis, psychology, education, or other related field and the focus of their dissertation was in behavior analysis.  Not all behavior analysts with a PhD have the BCBA-D qualification.  BCBA-D practitioners are awarded the "Doctoral" or "D" designation after a review of their credentials by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)— These practitioners have a Master’s degree or a Ph.D., plus, as of 1/1/15, they have taken a minimum of six, BACB-approved graduate classes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and completed an internship supervised by an experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In Florida, for those working with individuals through the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities, there is an additional distinction of certification level. It is based on experience, regardless of the graduate degree.

Level I—Three or more years experience as a BCBA

Level II—Fewer than 3 years experience as a BCBA

Level III - Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) - Is an identification for a certification that was previously called Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA). This certification requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (although some have a graduate degree) and, as of 1/1/15, four classes in ABA, also with an internship supervised by a BCBA. BCaBAs who are actively seeking certification as a BCBA may also be referred to as CBA Interns.

Our Licensed Staff

Our Licensed Staff are Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. We provide counseling for children and adults, both in-home, and in-office. All licensed staff are licensed to practice in the state of Florida.

 
 

Our Non-Certified, Non-Licensed Staff

 

Behavior Analysis Interns can be anyone in an undergraduate or graduate behavior analysis program or who already has their degree who is actively pursuing certification in behavior analysis at some level. Actively pursuing certification is defined as having started the first ABA class in a course sequence approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), and following all of the rules for clinical supervision as defined by the board. If a potential intern has experience prior to the first class it CANNOT be used as internship experience for certification, even if the experience was obtained at an agency or facility meeting criterion as an internship site. The EXCEPTION to this rule are BCaBAs who are seeking certification as BCBAs. In this case, their internship for certification as a BCaBA is applied to the internship requirements for BCBA. Interns without certification are classified for billing purposes using criterion outlined below. Interns are permitted to use the title of “Intern”, or their billing title.

Behavior Aides, Assistants and Specialists—These staff have a high school diploma, but many also have college degrees, even graduate degrees. Some have worked in the field for many years, while others are newcomers to behavior analysis.

Behavior Aides are new to the field, Behavior Specialists have at least two years of experience working with individuals with behavior challenges.

Behavior Assistants work in-home and in the community without direct supervision. They have the same training as Aides and Specialists, but have demonstrated their ability to implement programming consistently with minimal, or no, direct supervision. Behavior Assistants typically work in conjunction with a BCBA or a BCaBA, implementing behavior programming in between visits.

Mental Health Counseling/Clinical Social Worker Interns have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling or Social Work and are registered with the state of Florida as Interns.