In today’s BCBA feature you’ll meet Clinical Supervisor Alyson Breeding as she talks about her love of working in the field, and how VB supports her “fabulous” career!
What’s the most rewarding part of your role at VB?
The most rewarding part of my role is seeing the truly amazing progress that our clients make and knowing that I played a part in making that happen! I am frequently in awe of what is happening right before my eyes!
What’s the best part about working for VB?
VB goes above and beyond to make sure their employees know they are appreciated. I feel completely supported in my position. Also, my most important job title in life is Mom. Working for VB has provided me with flexibility in my position so that I can devote quality time to my family while also having a fabulous career!
How have you seen VB’s Core Values in action this last year?
VB’s core value of collaboration is at the forefront of our work. Clinical Supervisors and Clinical Coordinators work collaboratively together to develop the most effective interventions for client needs. Clinical Supervisors are working with clients’ other providers to create a well-rounded program for the child. The greatest collaboration that occurs is between families, clinical supervisors, and therapists in order to effectively implement interventions to facilitate meaningful progress for clients. It is truly a team effort.
What surprised you the most when you first started out at VB?
I was surprised by how much I ended up loving working in-home. I was nervous about moving from a school environment to an in-home setting. However, VB has an amazing support system that has enabled me to be successful in this new setting. Working with clients in-home has been so rewarding in that you get to see how the progress the clients are making is fostering a better quality of life for themselves and their families as a whole.
What keeps you coming back each day?
There are 2 reasons that I love my job with VB. The first reason is that I love being a BCBA and helping clients and families improve their independence and quality of life. The second reason is that VB is the first employer that makes me feel genuinely appreciated and supported.
What would you say to those just starting out their careers in ABA?
I remember at the beginning of my career in ABA, I felt intimidated by the amazing progress that BCBA’s were able to facilitate with my students (I was a teacher at the time). When I started coursework, all of the jargon felt overwhelming, almost like I had to learn a new language. However, at the core, the principles applied in ABA are simple and the best part about ABA is that it works so so well. My advice would be to stick with it, know that everything comes easier over time, and the reward for all of your hard work is seeing your students or clients achieve things that just didn’t seem possible before ABA. There is no better reward than that!