Professor of Psychology Louise Freeman is a proponent of ABA both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to teaching ABA classes at MBU, she works part-time at Compass as a licensed behavior analyst.
“I didn’t fully appreciate how important this in-home work is until I started doing it myself,” Freeman said. “Home therapy might be the last option for families before their child is put in care or taken out of school. So this job is very important.”
The demand for ABA services is high in the local area, says Erika Bischof, director for Compass’ Connections Program — which coordinates in-home behavioral therapy for clients — and an adjunct professor in the social work program at MBU.
“There are lots of kids who would benefit, and many families waiting to access these services in our community,” she said. “We have a waitlist of clients, and we see a continuing need to hire more supervisors and clinicians.”
Bryant is studying towards her graduate degree at MBU and working at Compass at the same time. It’s a perk of the ABA field that, as soon as students enroll in their first course, they can gain work through a supervising agency like Compass and start earning a paycheck.
“We appreciate that we have this great program at MBU, right in our backyard,” said Bischof. “For people who have a passion for children with special needs, having a university right here where they can further their profession and feel more confident in their training, that’s a really great thing.”