Interview with Nicole Iacullo, BCBA
  • Tell us a bit about your job as a BCBA.  
    • As a BCBA for a home program, I am responsible for assessing a client’s skills on an ongoing basis and developing a treatment plan and programs to facilitate skill development.  I coordinate with the family, other related service providers and the behavior technicians on a regular basis to coordinate care.  I also provide ongoing supervision to behavior therapists and parent training to caregivers.  
  • What drove you to the BCBA profession?  
    • I began my career over twenty years ago working as an instructional assistant in an ABA program and later as a behavior technician in a home ABA program.  As a child study team member in a public school, I have been working with children on the Autism Spectrum for my entire professional career and have always been interested in the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis.  I decided to pursue my BCBA twelve years ago through the Rutgers ABA certification program.
  • How do you balance your career and family? 
    • The key to balancing career and family is to not take on more cases than you can handle effectively.  Being a BCBA for a home program allows you to schedule cases around your current schedule and other family obligations.  The opportunity to work remotely is also helpful for work-life balance.
  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? 
    • I find that Golden Care has helped me develop as a BCBA through the quality assurance process and opportunities for regular professional development.  With the ever changing insurance mandates and regulations, the feedback on treatment planning and billing is invaluable.  I also very much appreciate the supervision with the Clinical Director, Jenn Franco.  Whenever I have a question or problem with a case, Jenn is only a phone call away.
  • What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since? 
    • I began with Golden Care several years ago and was drawn to the professionals I interacted with within the organization.  I liked how Golden Care embraces technology and uses apps for data management.  I also liked that I could take on as many or as few cases that fit my schedule. Golden Care has changed quite a bit since I began working with them several years ago.  They are expanding and growing and offering more training opportunities for staff.  
  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care? 
    • I have had the opportunity to work with so many caring professionals and wonderful families and clients.
  • What is the favorite part in your work as a BCBA/ of working for Golden Care?  
    • Seeing the progress in my clients and how it positively impacts the life of families. I also love working and providing supervision with the behavior technicians.  There is also something very rewarding about seeing a graph trending in the right direction and seeing a program you developed mastered.
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Interview with Sabrina Varona
  • Tell us a bit about your job as an ABA THERAPIST.

As a veteran in the field of ABA therapy, I have found the duties expected in the position go far beyond just one-to-one instruction, rather the responsibilities that we as therapists take on include commitment, enthusiasm, and flexibility in all therapeutic services provided to not just the child but also the family members. On any given day, I will work with at least one to four clients in a varied set of contexts and environments. The science behind applied behavior analysis is quite detailed and complex yet logical and understandable. And as a behavioral therapist working in both the home and school constructs, the responsibilities that I take on and the guidance that I provide are different in all instances dependent on the very specific needs of the client and family.  For example, when working in a school setting with a child, depending on their level of functionality, my job might include a very specific set of tasks. While working with clients in the school setting, confidentiality and treatment interventions should not be broadcast amongst the class members but only shared with the special education department/teacher, classroom aids, and the child study team personnel.

In some instances, such as with a lower-functioning child who was nonverbal for instance, my job responsibilities may include being a shadow.  Where my efforts are to help the child engage in the environment by promoting and modeling appropriate behaviors and social skills. While working in a classroom because of the difference in the circumstances, there is a different set of challenges.  The understanding that the shadow is responsible for may also include performing de-escalation techniques while maintaining the goal of helping the child to integrate into classroom activities and interpersonal skills with both peers and adults present. 

To me being an ABA therapist provides rewarding outcomes that have special meaning within the lives of both me and my clients, ultimately having a profound effect on the levels of understanding and commitment needed for ABA practices to be effective. While working in the home environment, these responsibilities carry over on a smaller scale and with the added guidance, reassurance, and expectations of the family.  While I enjoy the classroom, I prefer the home environment because teaching and support are desperately needed, especially for individuals who know little about autism and even less about ABA therapy. Helping family members learn about ASD and various therapeutic practices will also be an avenue toward the generalization of skills learned thus having a tremendous impact on the overall functioning of both children specifically as well as the family unit’s level of functioning overall.

  Our efforts toward family involvement with their child’s therapeutic needs allow the efforts of the family to be constructive and effective in treating children along the spectrum. It is the interactions and therapeutic understanding of ABA therapy that prompt our efforts to continually learn and gain an even deeper level of understanding of the complexities associated with developmental disabilities, and the overall impact it has on the family’s interactions. It is These practices that continually help us build and nurture the pursuit of personal and professional goals and development to ensure we are consistently understanding, patient, and compassionate in all daily interactions with the families and children we serve.  


Generally, when beginning a new case with a new family who has not had the opportunity to learn, or implement ABA therapeutic services, we must first help them to understand the concepts and offer them as much knowledge and insight as we can regarding the theoretical orientation, expectations, basic principles, and assumptions while working diligently to build rapport with not only the child but also the family members. In many instances over the 30 years, I have been an ABA therapist, I have found that when a family is new to a diagnosis, there is a sense of instability and uncertainty that comes with the complex and multifaceted factors associated with a developmental delay. Therefore, it is our job to provide and implement psychoeducation interventions while providing a nurturing and non-judgmental environment for both children and for parents to exercise their abilities moving forward.

  • What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession?  

I started working at a daycare early on in high school. While I knew I wanted to work with children as a career choice, it wasn’t until after most of my college degree that I determined that special Ed would be the route I would like to pursue. This realization came to me well working in a traditional education setting and being the go-to teacher for all the children with “behavioral issues”. Instead of avoiding or ignoring these issues, it is within my nature to understand their issues as well as provide insight and consistency in my attempts to treat them. When I began in this field over 28 years ago, only intensive training and certification in ABA therapy were needed in order to perform and implement ABA strategies and interventions. A portion of this certification and training included shadowing and one-to-one training with BCBA for 18 months.  At the end of my time as an apprentice, and support staff for other therapists, I had gained the confidence and determination needed to operate independently as a professional within the field. It is only now after years of service that I am pursuing a master’s so that I can expand and supplement my skill set and expand my knowledge base while in route to become an LPC in Mental Health Counseling.

  • How do you balance your career and family? 

Balance is tricky for most of us, especially for the professionals who have chosen to be part of the caretaking field. Now as a professional in the field of ABA practices, I have done my best to provide guidance, support, and structure to the families I serve. While Compassionate care and patience are second nature to me, most of my skill set and ability to provide comprehensive care is founded within my time practicing ABA in the field, conducting extensive research, maintaining academic success, and consulting with my colleagues, teachers, supervisors and BCBA’s I have had the pleasure of working with. Also, as a behavioral therapist, I have learned the importance of maintaining a level of self-care at the forefront of my responsibilities to avoid burnout. I think I have finally learned how to balance my responsibilities as a therapist, wife, mother, and student to avoid the risk of burnout, so the short answer is self-care. Regardless of the caseload, scheduling, or overwhelming needs of the family, burnout is inevitable when in the field without practicing any form of self-love and care. 

 Although I am optimistic and excited about both current and future endeavors, I am also very aware that without maintenance on my own mental health, I will not be able to be the best therapist that I can be for the families that I serve. Therefore, I have developed a common practice of a daily lunch break that I make myself take each day. So, even if I am on the computer all morning with schoolwork and with clients all afternoon and evening, I will force myself to take that 20-minute break in order to help regroup and refresh my efforts in understanding and attending to both personal and professional endeavors. 

  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? 

Before becoming a contractor for Golden Care Therapy, I was responsible for recruiting my own clients, creating, and implementing treatment plans, as well as hiring and training support staff. This was accomplished alone with very little support or insight from other experienced members of my field. While I was efficient in this process, I am much more confident, calm, and frankly less lonely, knowing that GCT is in my corner. Since I started working for the company several years ago, I have made it a mission to stay in touch and informed with my supervisors and family members in order to ensure a continuum of care, personalized interventions, and collaborative effort in therapeutic affairs and intervention strategies provided.

  • What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates? 

Practice patience and remain flexible… I say this because of the various challenges faced when working for more than one company as a contractor, visiting various homes, and pursuing academic studies all the while trying to coordinate the perfect schedule can be overwhelming! If we as therapists are closed-minded, and ridged in our efforts to help clients we are len less likely to make substantial progress. The majority of my career thus far has been grounded in my ability to be flexible, patient, and understanding while trying to accommodate each family’s specific emotional and instructional needs. 

Another philosophy that I hold dear is grounded in the idea that every day is a learning experience. By that, I mean although I have experience working as a therapist, I remain humble, cooperative, and inspired by the BCBA and the companies I partner with. This has helped me to become more aware and knowledgeable as a professional While operating under the assumption that no two children are alike, and every family has their own cultural and personal experiences that can and will affect their level of commitment and ability to prioritize a consistent schedule. These factors help family members learn techniques and gain an understanding of the therapeutic efforts we provide. All the while we collectively need to be understanding, flexible, and teachable in our efforts to provide treatment and work around the inconsistencies found in everyday life. 

Now consider for a moment that I was to presume I was an expert and think I have no need to expand my skill set, both I and my family would be at a disadvantage because I would not be able to operate to my fullest potential if I’m not able to listen, learn and collaborate with both supervisors and family members. As a student of life, I am aware of and appreciate the experience and expertise of the team members I work with. Also noteworthy is that while I presently contract work for three separate companies, the BCBAs and office staff I have with GCT have not only been inspirational in my efforts and practice as a therapist but also have served as a support system where I too can find comfort and solace in the team effort that takes place when coordinating services for with GCT and numerous families.

  • What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA Therapist?  

Scheduling! To date, managing all the various personalities and responsibilities of each child and their family can be a challenge at times when trying to create and maintain a consistent and stable work schedule. This is even more compounded by the fact that most of the children we serve spend most of their day in school leaving only the early afternoon hours for ABA therapy at home. So, while there have been times that I would have loved to work more morning hours I am aware that outside of clients receiving early intervention morning and early morning hours are highly unlikely instead, the families need me to come and provide services within the 3:00 – 10:00 PM time frame in order to accommodate the child’s school schedule and parent work schedule. 

It is because of the high demand for afternoon hours that I have been pursuing my master’s degree in family counseling online and completing most of my studies and assignments in the morning hours so I can see clients during that afternoon timeframe. While situations may arise and changes may have to be made, I have found that as long as I am open, honest, and flexible with my families and the companies I work for  I will be able to provide a high level of professionalism and support amidst the uncertainty and confusion in the various phases of treatment for children with ASD.

  • What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since? 

I began contract work for various companies about four years ago, however, I feel as though my level of commitment and professionalism have been strengthened because of the culture within the GCT organization. The support, and guidance that I receive from GCT staff Have helped me to coordinate a realistic schedule where I can commit and follow through with all my responsibilities in the Professional, academic, and private sectors of life. And while I am experienced in working for several companies at a time, GCT has provided me with comprehensive professional Opportunities while also attending to any questions or concerns I may have. the efforts and support found at GCT have made it easier to fulfill my own expectations of professional practice in the therapeutic environment as well as personal satisfaction in my abilities as a Seasoned therapist and academic student. This has allowed me to provide the families I serve with knowledge, understanding, and suggestions over the course of the care provided.

  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care?  

While one can argue that there are various companies that provide ABA services and help to build the amount of clientele, personally I feel confident that I have and will continue to have the support, guidance, structure, and stability needed in order to provide comprehensive care to my clients while maintaining a high level of professionalism in all my efforts and encounters.

  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?  

“The only thing constant in life is change’ over the years within both my career and personal affairs, I have found that comfortability and becoming complacent will work against me in my efforts to provide effective services.  This is true because it is when a person becomes bored or complacent, their professional efforts may lack the excitement, motivation, and pride in work habits. Sometimes, however, it is a small change we may even be forced into that can ultimately alter or modify every aspect of our lives.

 For instance, I was very comfortable working 50 to 70 hours a week building programs, providing therapy, meeting with school administration, and counseling families but then a major change in my life occurred…. The birth of my first Child!. It was that change in my level of responsibility and understanding of human connections that helped me to stay motivated towards growth, that caused me to revalue my daily schedule. Ultimately helping me to pursue and accomplish various professional goals and academic excellence as I continue to nurture and expand my levels of professional knowledge throughout many years in practice.

  • What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?  

Although planning and structure are the cornerstones to a productive lifestyle, it is the things we do not plan for such as loss, love, and commitment where the experience helps us to achieve healing and excellence needed to fulfill the various roles and perspectives we adopt. As individuals in the journey of life understand that it is sometimes a plan of action that will change us and this is not immediate, rather growth happens in a step-by-step process over the years of experiences, changes, and circumstances we endure that shape our perceptions, and provide the necessities needed to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

  • What is your favorite part of your work as an ABA Therapist/ of working for Golden Care?  

Even with almost 30 years under my belt in the field, the clients I have gained with GCT have proven to be some of the most rewarding circumstances I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. I thoroughly respect, understand and appreciate the feedback I get from my BCBAs and supervisors helping to make my job as an ABA therapist smoother and helping me to eliminate various obstacles that can and may arise when in this profession. The collaborative effort and teamwork provided has allowed me to concentrate and enjoy my efforts at work.

  • What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA Therapist?  

Upon my hire at GCT, I was assigned to a family who had two children on the autism spectrum with my client being on the lower functioning end and nonverbal. The sessions we shared proved to be a foreign concept for this child regarding his understanding and comprehension of where and how instruction is given, and goals are obtained. Therefore, one of the first goals we worked on was one-step directions where the SD was to “touch your head”. It took this client over six months to grasp the concept and practices of ABA and to respond in an appropriate and familiar way so that he could flourish in his acquisition of the skill. Now, almost two years later that same client has learned sign language And a PEC system in order to communicate. It is also evident that he has a profound understanding of the expectations ABA brings to his daily life. Now when the new target for a one-step direction is to touch your nose, close the door, sit down, etc. He’s able to reach the target in a considerably shorter amount of time with fewer tantrums or aggressive outbursts. 

When I started with him, he presented as a child with hyper-focus on the tablet and computer games with no interest in communicating or engaging with his environment. However, as of now, we engage in social skills training, academic preparation, and replacement behaviors for his frustration and anger associated with his inability to communicate. The proudest movement was not just when he finally did touch his head in that first one-step direction but when the parents kept me after a session in order to express their gratitude, excitement, and commitment to the ABA process and my relationship with their child. The expression of their appreciation solidified all my hopes that the language barrier between child and parent could be compromised in a way that frustration is less likely to occur and maladaptive behaviors less likely to be seen.

  • What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?  

As I’m sure is true in most professions, there is so much that lies under the surface in the therapeutic community of ABA practices. For instance, ABA therapy is much more involved than just discrete trial teaching, social skills training, and adjustments to environmental stimuli but often serves as the backbone to gaining and maintaining a broader understanding and patience for the therapeutic process. What it is like for the low-functioning nonverbal child, I would imagine it is like being in Italy and not speaking a word of Italian. I couldn’t fathom just how frustrating it must be from their perspective to hear myself speaking and nobody understanding what I’m trying to say or being able to accommodate my wishes or attending to my needs. In most cases, The frustration in a lack of understanding of language both given and received, ultimately leads to aggression and temper tantrums as this is the only way the child has been able to communicate effectively in the past. Therefore, ABA is much more than just teaching academic skills, personal hygiene practices, and daily schedules it also provides the framework for a deeper understanding and stronger commitment to the therapeutic process to which the nonverbal child can learn to communicate in a way that the adults around him understand.

  • What does the day-to-day of your job look like? 

During the early morning hours, when school typically starts, I drop off my children at school and then head over to my first client. By 1:00 o’clock, I take a short lunch break before becoming immersed in my studies Where I can conduct research, gain knowledge, and ultimately achieve academic excellence across all my courses. By 3:30, I then pick up my children and transport them home, set them up with their homework and snack, and then I’m off to my clients by early afternoon. In some instances, I will not get home until late at night because of the distance I must travel for my clients but I’m a firm believer in Silver Linings and it is the drive home that helps me to take time for myself and reflect on my day and all I have encountered as well as plan for the upcoming day. 


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Interview with Margreth Yap, BT
  • Tell us a bit about your job as an ABA THERAPIST.

My job as an ABA therapist has been really eye opening to me. I mostly work with kids in their early childhood and middle childhood in the spectrum. They have different concerns that we are working on/worked on, and it’s not always fun, but it’s very fulfilling at the end of it. Helping them adjust to societal norms is mostly what I have been working on, but also some activities of daily living, like tolerating brushing teeth.


  • What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession?

It has been a journey! In college, I started at Occupational Therapy and in this program, you go to clinical visits; one of which we visited was a special education center and I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, at the time, I did not know about ABA, and I decided to transfer to Childhood Development and Education, and minored in Special Education. I thought it was the closest I can get. I found out about ABA here in America, and it has been the best thing ever. While teaching was really something I love to do, I find working as an ABA therapist more in line with what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.


  • How do you balance your career and family?

I make sure I have time on the weekends to spend time with my family, as well as during after work! Sometimes I work with them side-by-side like body doubling so I can do both. Everyone’s busy in my household, so we all make sure we spend at least a few minutes together before turning in for the night. It’s all about proper time management and sticking to it!


  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

Golden Care has been my one and only company I work for, and I was completely new to the field. They offered RBT certification courses at no cost, as well as partnering with schools to further education on a discounted price. That was really awesome and I am currently working on getting my RBT certification! They also send out weekly tips that are so useful for work. It’s not only the company, but also the BCBAs that I work with; they are very knowledgeable, kind and encouraging. They have guided me all the way to being a better and more effective behavior technician. I would not have been where I am now without them!


  • What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?

Golden Care has been so patient and understanding, so if you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask! Be also open minded, and be eager to learn, because learning never stops in ABA.


  • What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA Therapist?

It has always been the first few weeks for me starting a new case, for the scheduling, since most of the parents are very busy; and right before rapport is established with the clients. Some of the maladaptive behaviors can be rough, but there’s always a reason and a solution behind it.


  • What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since?

I honestly think it’s the way they communicated with me from day 1. They treated me with respect from the beginning, and has always been so accommodating and understanding.


  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

I have learned so much about ABA and the families I work with.


  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Be patient and kind. These two things will bring you to places and help you in so many ways.


  • What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?

You’re going to find the place where you belong eventually. Don’t be in such a hurry!


  • What is the favorite part in your work as an ABA Therapist/ of working for Golden Care?

As an ABA therapist, I love that we think out of the box to make things more interesting for the clients and figuring out what works or solves a behavior. It’s also seeing the progress, even if it would take a while. It’s even their willingness to try anyway, because the client trusts you, even if they can’t do it yet. Working with Golden Care, in the other hand, has been wonderful. I love the staff and I love how they show compassion and patience as well.


  • What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA Therapist?

There’s actually two that almost made me cry of joy. (I’m not sure if I can disclose this, or if it’s in violation of HIPAA but if not, please delete this part!) Client A was non verbal, and did not speak whole words before, but now he tells me “I am hungry” without being prompted. Client B solely uses PECS, but mostly uses it for manding for wants. But one day, after we played outside with his soccer ball, he used his PECS and said “All done ball”. The fact that he used it just to talk about it was amazing to me! The feeling is indescribable.


  • What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?

I wish people knew  how this job just fills my heart to the brim, and children in the spectrum are more capable, and just as awesome as neurotypical children are. My job does not only connect me to the clients, but also to the whole family. It can be hard sometimes, but good days supersede it. You’ll always learn new things and you’ll want to learn more as well.


  • What does the day to day of your job look like?

On most days, the clients and I would be singing, laughing, playing and dancing so much. It does not have to be sitting down and teaching them traditionally, and inserting fun in the learning process is vital.

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Interview with Courtnee Malan, BCBA
  • Tell us a bit about your job as a BCBA.  I have the opportunity to work with clients from ages 20 months to 12 years old, their behavior technicians, and families. I create programs and change them based on their needs and data that is being collected by the behavior technicians.
  • What drove you to the BCBA profession?  I was in Special Education for 13 years before changing careers. One of my favorite parts of being a teacher was working with my students with challenging behaviors. My undergrad and the district I worked for used and taught ABA strategies and I knew this was something I wanted to learn more about.
  • How do you balance your career and family? I work part time. This helps me to have a home and work balance that I love. I also manage my schedule in a way that I can make sure I am fully working when working and fully at home when I am at home with my two children.
  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care? I have gained confidence in my skills and knowledge that I have as a BCBA.
  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? To prioritize the three most important things in your life and focus on those. It makes your life less complicated.
  • What is the favorite part in your work as a BCBA/ of working for Golden Care?  I love hearing from the parents and how ABA therapy has impacted their children and their lives.
  • What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as a BCBA? One of my clients was not talking or interacting with anyone when I started with him 6 months ago. He is now able to communicate his wants and needs and he enjoys interacting with others.
  • What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job? How rewarding it is!
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Interview with Michelle Warendorf, BT

● Tell us a bit about your job as an ABA THERAPIST.
● What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession?
● How do you balance your career and family?
● How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?
● What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?
● What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA Therapist?
● What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed
● What have you gained from working at Golden Care?
● What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
● What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?
● What is the favorite part in your work as an ABA Therapist/ of working for Golden
● What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA
● What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?
● What does the day to day of your job look like?

Working as a Paraprofessional for almost 15 years, I decided to enroll in an ABA masters
course to allow me to sit for the BCBA exam. Receiving my degree while my own children were
in college proves you are never too old. I left the public school system and began working at
Golden Care – which was one of the best decisions I could have made. Each person I came in
contact with at Golden Care could not have been more welcoming, caring, helpful and
professional, which is still the case today.
Each day is a different opportunity to assist your client to become a stronger individual. Some
days are extremely trying and exhausting, while most are fulfilling and rewarding. My proudest
moment came last year after working with a young boy for 1 year. He had made such wonderful
progress and his social skills had truly blossomed, that his parents and I mutually agreed he
could “graduate”. This was certainly one of my proudest moments while at Golden Care which
has in addition strengthened my confidence in my work and knowledge of ABA.
The flexibility Golden Care has provided me with has allowed me to take time to care for my
elderly parents and continue providing clients with the services they need as well. I, without
hesitation applaud Golden Care Therapy for the support and opportunity to be myself in the
constantly changing career of ABA.

Michelle Warendorf

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Lisa Gibbs
Interview with Lisa Gibbs, BT
  • What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession? Well, I have always found myself to be working with children or adults on the spectrum. Mainly in a classroom setting or facility. It’s so amazing to be on such a personable level with children and their families.
  • What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since? A really great friend and scholar! She believed in me and thought that ABA would be an awesome fit for me. Since then Golden Care has grown professionally while offer more towards career enhancement tools, and knowledge.
  • How do you balance your career and family? By allowing myself to abundantly enjoy every moment. I also pray often and I try to say yes to as many events as I can with family! This is what keeps me centered so that I am able to give my best in my both my career and family life!
  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? From weekly session tips and encouraging calls to offering certification courses for career advancement. GCT has been a great help in my career journey.
  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care?  I have gained more experience in my career, more confidence in my abilities as a BT and more education in the ABA field.
  • What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self? Live in the moment and learn to embrace it rather good or bad or you may miss out on something beautiful!
  • What is the favorite part in your work as an ABA Therapist/ of working for Golden Care?  The initial sessions with a new client. I enjoy listening and learning from them.
  • What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA Therapist? My proudest moments come often actually, it occurs every time I since growth happening in one of our clients, my eyes light up and I get so excited in that moment!
  • What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?  How rewarding it is and how much it will change their outlook on life.
  • What does the day to day of your job look like?  At the start of my work day, I prepare myself for my client.

    I prepared my materials and I prepare my mind. I check my patients, endurance, and listening skills at the door the rest is magical!

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Ashleigh Watson
Interview with Ashleigh Watson, BCBA
  • Tell us a bit about your job as a BCBA.  I am a full time BCBA at a private special education school in the high school program.  I work with students ages 14-18 with multiple disabilities.  I write behavior support plans for students on my caseload to decrease maladaptive behaviors, provide training to staff and get to collaborate with other professionals such as teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists.  I work part time at Golden Care where I provide parent training, supervision to RBTs, and complete initial assessments.  There is a focus on communication, adaptive, and social skills.  I have worked with such a variety of clients/students in my career.  I love all the different experiences and knowledge I gain from working in different settings.
  • What drove you to the BCBA profession?  I started my career as a special education teacher and also did in- home ABA therapy.  I worked with BCBAs on a daily basis and I learned so much from them and I just knew this is the job I was meant to do.
  • How do you balance your career and family?  I am a very schedule oriented person.  This helps me to balance both my career and home life.  So I make time in my schedule to spend time with them.  We love traveling, cooking, and trying new restaurants!  I have recently started taking kickboxing classes with my brother and cousins.  This has been such a fun way to unwind after a long day at work!
  • What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates? I would tell them what a great company Golden Care is to work for!  I have referred several people I know to work here because of the great experience I have had!
  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care?    I have worked for Golden Care now for just over 5 years now.  I have worked for a number of other agencies in my career.  I feel that Golden Care really values their employees both as professionals and personally.  I feel appreciated for the hard work that I do each day.  When you feel appreciated for what you do it makes you want to do your very best work.
  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?  The best advice I have been given is how important self care is.  You have to take care of yourself so that you are able to help others.
  • What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?  One thing I wish I could tell my younger self is that it will all work out in the end and you will find a job where you make a difference and you will feel fulfilled in your career
  • What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as a BCBA?  Some of my proudest moments at Golden care is just hearing from parents at what a difference ABA therapy has made for their family and everyday life.  When a child learns a new skill you have been working on it’s a great feeling!
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Lisa Z
Interview with Lisa Zaharioudakis, BCBA
  • What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession?  I was inspired by the science of behavior change to be able to help others improve their lives.
  • How do you balance your career and family? I create time to engage in activities that I enjoy (going to the beach, hiking, traveling) so that I feel fulfilled and can be my best self for when I’m at work.
  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? Golden Care has provided mentorship and opportunities to expand my skill set as a BCBA.
  • What have you gained from working at Golden Care?  I have gained experience completing intake assessments with new clients. I have had the opportunity to connect with other BCBAs and a variety of therapists who have taught me so much!
  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? To take care of myself so that I can help others.
  • What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?  Don’t take life too seriously! Have fun!
  • What is the favorite part in your work as an ABA Therapist/ of working for Golden Care?  Meeting so many different people who have taught me so much!
  • What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA Therapist?  Watching kids learn to communicate, play, and have fun!
  • What does the day to day of your job look like?  I spend time meeting with families to complete intake assessments, meeting with families for parent training sessions, and joining therapists’ sessions for supervision. I also spend time analyzing the data/graphs, writing new treatment goals, and writing treatment reports.
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Delsin F
Interview with Delsin Ferreras, BT
  • Tell us a bit about your job as an ABA THERAPIST.   I experience working with special needs children throughout my 14 years of teaching.  A co-worker years ago while she was observing me work said “Ms. D, you could be an amazing Rbt”. There’s where everything started.  I decided to start as a part time after school hours, and here I am today, I stopped teaching and started ABA.
  • What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession?  I always had a passion for helping those in need.  The more I worked as an Rbt the more I fell in love with it.  My heart is just full of joy when I see one goal being accomplished.  It is very rewarding to know that on a daily basis you are making a positive in pact in a child’s life and their family.
  • How do you balance your career and family?  Working as an Rbt for GCT and a Developmental Specialist for Early Intervention,  being a single mother of 3 kids, could be challenging sometimes.  However, I try to stick to my schedule at work and when I am at home I make sure I spend quality time with my children.
  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? Through Golden care I met a beautiful soul, my current BCBA Heidi, she has been my teacher, my mentor.  Also, Jeffey who is no longer with GCT but I’ll always remember him by his kindness and humbleness.  Last but not least  the staff at GCT have been very helpful, flexible, and each one of those who I’ve been in contact with have shown professionalism, respect and kindness.
  • What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?  Be patient, be open to learning, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA Therapist?  The most challenging part is when I have to let go of a case.  It breaks my heart to see a mom asking me to please not leave them, sometimes with teary eyes. It makes me sad not being able to help all of those children in need because I am one person and there are so many of them.
  • What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since?  Golden care gave me the opportunity to gain more experience.  From when I started the only thing that has changed has been a few of the staff members that had moved on.
  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?  One thing I would tell my youngest self is “I am proud of you, keep going”
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Christopher Camarena – BCBA
Interview with Christopher Camarena – BCBA
  • What drove you to the ABA Therapist profession?  As a professional working in the field of ABA, I have always had a passion for helping those with disabilities. I discovered this passion while working in the field as a behavior therapist during my undergraduate program. My joy is seeing the client’s growth. It is that growth that has helped me stay motivated throughout the years working in this field. 
  • How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? Golden Care truly feels like a work family. With the amount of support and resources offered, I have learned to navigate new information, ask questions when uncertain, and develop my ongoing clinical skills as a BCBA. 
  • What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates? I would advise that Golden Care candidates takes advantage of asking questions when unsure about certain topics, save all the tools and resources that are supplied for staff so they can cross reference the information at any time, and work on organizing yourself so one can stay ahead when it comes to completing daily objectives and work requirements.   
  • What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since? What drew me to Golden Care was the company’s positive reviews on ongoing support from staff as well as client reviews on staff genuinely showing care about their child and their development as they work through their ABA journey. 
  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? The best advice I was ever given was that no question is ever a bad question. In many cases, especially in a group setting, one person may ask a question that others feel reluctant to ask due to judgment. I learned never to shy away from asking questions as this field is always evolving and learning is limitless. 
  • What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self? One thing I would tell my younger self is to push through obstacles that may seem difficult in the beginning. Eventually when you keep pushing, you will build enough confidence to achieve it!
  • What is one thing that you wished people knew about your jobOne thing that I wish people knew about my job is that we are not babysitters! From an outside perspective of someone who is not familiar with ABA, I can see how they may view this field as “hanging out” or “babysitting”. ABA is much more and can apply in a multitude of settings not just within the field but in anyone’s life. If there is a particular behavior people want to change about themselves, ABA can be implemented to help that person achieve their goals. 
  • What does the day to day of your job look like? As a BCBA, I feel that I can speak for most behavior analysts and say that we love seeing data! As a BCBA, it is my responsibility to ensure that program and skill development is ongoing, and implementation of programs are being targeted correctly. I provide ongoing support for both the therapist as well as the parent (this may also include the complete treatment team such as school staff) to ensure everyone is on the same page. Consistency is key especially when implementing strategies to help the client learn to sustain proactive behaviors through their development with ABA services. 


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