I am pleased to share our member spotlight of In STEPPS with you. They have been involved in the CAS conference from almost the very beginning and were one of the first organizations to submit their application and be approved, once CASP became a membership organization. I am very happy to be highlighting them this month as they are celebrating their 7 year anniversary as an organization!
About In STEPPS
State: California Location(s): Irvine (headquarters), serving Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties Website: www.instepps.com Executive Director: Yvonne Bruinsma, PhD, BCBA-D Year Established: 2010 Number of individuals to whom your agency provides services: 250 Age range of individuals you serve: Infants to adults Number of staff are currently employed by your agency: 115
Ask In STEPPS
What’s something your agency has done or accomplished recently that you are proud of?
Ability to successfully grow our service delivery options to include behavior services, early intervention, very early intervention for at-risk infants, social skills, school-based support, and diagnostic and assessment services?
What’s an interesting fact about your organization that people may not know?
Our executive director, Yvonne, and clinical director, Erin, have known each other for almost 20 years. They became friends and colleagues in graduate school working with children with autism and learning PRT. It wasn’t until about 8 years after getting their PhD’s that they decided to work together and open up In STEPPS!
Do you have any advice for new organizations or leaders?
Leadership is learning to delegate without abdicating, while keeping people accountable and making them feel valued at the same time. It’s a balancing act!
Complete the following sentence. We joined CASP…
We first began attending CASP in 2010 and immediately it became one of our favorite conferences. At CASP we found other leaders who were willing to share their wisdom and experience in a positive, supportive, and collegial environment. We always come away with numerous ideas and improvement plans, and over the years as our agency has grown, we value the ability to share our own experiences with others. The mission of CASP to cultivate, share, and advocate for best practices is near and dear to our heart, and we look forward to attending every year.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your organization?
We are a clinically-focused agency. Both our executive and clinical directors have backgrounds in applied behavior analysis, as well as special education, human development or clinical psychology. We pride ourselves in trying to remain accessible to our staff and our clients as well as constantly striving on ways to improve our staff training and service delivery.
CASP is thrilled to welcome new member Verbal Behavior Associates. Located in Poway, California, Verbal Behavior Associates serves approximately 700 individuals with autism. VBA has a staff of 200, including 25 BCBAs, and is led by President Heather O’Shea. Congrats!