Bierman Autism Centers’ Commitment to Supporting Women in ABA and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
At Bierman Autism Centers, we are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide the highest quality care for our clients. We understand that recognizing and embracing differences is key to creating a community centered around trust, respect, tolerance, and empathy.
Our Commitment to Supporting Women in ABA
We recognize and embrace the importance of supporting women in behavior analysis. At Bierman Autism Centers, we are proud that 90% of our clinical leadership and 100% of our clinical development team is female. Having women in leadership positions is critical to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion.
To further support women in behavior analysis, we provide opportunities for team members to attend ABA conferences nationwide. We aim to honor the accomplishments of women leaders and pioneers in behavior analysis while also educating future behavior analysts on their contributions.
Preparing Diverse Staff for Careers in ABA
At Bierman Autism Centers, we believe that fostering opportunities for more diverse staff to begin careers in ABA is essential. We are exploring how to better support staff members from underrepresented groups and diving deeper into neurodiversity. We have created our own unique coursework to ensure mastery of ABA best practices and teaching methods across our entire staff.
Our Bierman STARS program is designed to provide high-quality, six-week group parent autism training to families who do not have access to care. By introducing the basic concepts of ABA through expert-led presentations followed by small group discussions, we aim to provide an overview of the strategies and techniques used to incorporate ABA into the family’s home routine. We work with local parent advocacy and support groups to identify families in need, so we can give back to the communities where we provide services.
Clinical Development and Training
At Bierman Autism Centers, we believe in ongoing staff training and development opportunities. We have created our own interactive curriculum to ensure mastery of ABA best practices and teaching methods across our entire staff. We have also established the Clinician in Training (CiT) position to help fast-track training Behavior Technicians to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts through learning and development opportunities.
Our Clinical Training Team is comprised of in-house senior clinicians and BCBA-D’s focused on driving outcomes, research, learning, and development. They serve as our “seal team” that supports and mentors the rest of the organization where needed. Our Clinical Development Team drives training systems and continuous improvement in all aspects of our clinical approach. We are committed to creating progress and possibilities for children with autism.
Sunshine Committee: Promoting Inclusion and Celebrating Diversity
At Bierman Autism Centers, we believe that promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity is essential to providing high-quality care to all individuals. Our Sunshine Committee plays an important role in achieving this goal by organizing events and activities that promote inclusivity and celebrate diversity.
One of the ways that our Sunshine Committee promotes inclusion is by teaching our clients about Heritage and Awareness months throughout the year. These months celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of different communities and allow us to learn more about the unique experiences and perspectives of those around us.
Through interactive and engaging activities, our clients learn about different cultures and traditions, gain a deeper understanding of different communities, and develop empathy and respect for others. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and diversity, we can create a community centered around trust, respect, tolerance, and empathy.
At Bierman Autism Centers, we are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in ABA. We recognize and embrace the importance of supporting women in behavior analysis, preparing diverse staff for careers in ABA, and ongoing staff training and development. We believe in creating progress and possibilities for children with autism through a community centered around trust, respect, tolerance, and empathy.