What do you enjoy most about your job?
Helping people find ways to accept themselves without judgment, and to strive for their best self in their daily interactions. Also to assist individuals with exploring opportunities that are important to them, as well as to support with figuring out ways for them to achieve goals that would otherwise seem unattainable – Believing Anything is Possible!
What training, schooling, or professional development helps you do your job?
My experience as a classroom teacher has been essential with supporting me to understand how to present information in ways that are relatable to others. I made the decision to pursue Behaviour Sciences, and gained experience as a clinician, as well as an Instructor Therapist for IBI. I am fascinated by the power of ABA strategies, although it is challenging to apply that framework in real life settings, as it is radical at its core and therefore perfect for controlled research settings. This means that it can get a negative rapport in the general population when people assume that an intervention is not working if they don’t see results, but that is often due to incorrect implementation, which requires adjustments depending on the issue that arises. Ensuring that ABA is implemented accurately is a task that I take seriously, and I search out guidance to support with that process, because fine tuning the details of implementation for a strategy is a true art form, and worth the work to produce a successful outcome. My experience as a clinician provided me with opportunities to develop conflict resolution skills, and manage difficult conversations. It also supported me with prioritizing the implementation of self-care strategies in my own life, which is essential for creating a healthy life balance.
Briefly describe duties in “layman’s terms”.
Manager, Children’s Therapeutic Care Home, Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Instructor
Briefly describe one personal thing or interest about you (for example, a hobby, a goal, or a sport)
I am always striving to rid myself of prejudices and pre-conceived notions, because I believe that we are all on a journey that is unique to ourselves, and no one will ever completely understand someone else’s path, but we can all choose to accept each other’s differences, instead of judging them.