Cultivating Care Within Problem Behavior While Serving People For the last few months, my family has had to make some really tough medical decisions with and for a beloved family member. Like many people, we are faced with caring for ourselves, our children, and loved ones at different points in their lives. It's made me … Continue reading For The Sake of Human Dignity
What Foodnetwork TV has taught me about Corrective Feedback, Using my words, and the importance of being a Supervisor and Supervisee. Chopped surprised me. I thought it would be about food. This show has given lessons in feedback (giving and receiving) and, how at any moment, everyone should be ready to learn and level up. … Continue reading Lessons from #Chopped
Burnout, Implosion, and Learning to Breathe (again and deeply) as a Clinician There are two moments in my life where I could place a finger on burnout. The first time, I was an undergraduate. And I called my mother wondering if I should complete college. I was tired …my insides were tired. Looking back, I … Continue reading Save Yourself
Why Pruning Matters... My favorite flowers are Tulips. But I especially love Peonies and Hydrangeas. Fortunately, #TraderJoes keeps a nice stock of fresh flowers and I travel there almost weekly. Though I love flowers, I am a *clears throat * low activity individual when it comes for the care that fresh flowers require. On my … Continue reading Being the Same Will Not Do
…and why behavior science practice requires more I recently took my daughter out on a coveted target trip...while an errand for me, it was a big deal for her. She was searching for a new doll. And being a toy aficionado, I know that the best dolls, may not be found at Target. But this … Continue reading The Shiny New Toy
I see many colleagues in speech or even learning specialists discuss being private pay and the woes in finding clients. They also discuss the ease in documentation. While, I am in a group who thinks that documentation standards should be adhered to no matter private pay or third party reimbursement, I do believe that pricing … Continue reading If You’re Private Pay, Rethink your Pricing Structure…NOW.
Why Finding the Room to Operate In Your Gift Matters Clinicians have skills. And we also have gifts. The gifts are on our insides. They help us climb over the tough stuff they didn't teach us in school. You know hits, jabs, snarky conversations, and (my favorite), the bodily fluids. Gifts are what make us … Continue reading Skills are Good. But Follow Your Gift.
What's A Therapist To Do When The World Is Amuck and YOU Still Need To Provide A Service? Years ago, I had an experience when my bad day turned into a bad week. I was in such a state of emotional pain and angst. I could not see anything beyond my well warranted emotions. While … Continue reading Unpacking Pain, Protests, and Providing Service
Why the Science of ABA Doesn't Reach and What We Should Do About It Sounds serious doesn't it? Sounds like we are really about to make an impact. Sounds smart?!? There are so many good initiatives in our field that don't have legs. I liken it to Preaching to The choir. The problem is that … Continue reading Disseminating the Science to Eradicate Social Injustices
Lessons from Life's Last Dance from my coach, Robert H. Seals It's no secret that most of the coaching I have ever found to be beneficial for my sustenance as a clinical leader has been outside the world of therapy. I have had my mother who spent year's as a Chicago Public School teacher, I … Continue reading Why Coaching Matters in Leadership