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Sebastopol, CA


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Work Culture at Bridging Worlds Behavioral Services

Our Story

We know how challenging it is to have a child or adult with special needs. We support families, group homes and agencies by accepting them where they are and giving them tools and perspectives to help implement the behavioral change they desire. We focus on building strong relationships with our clients based on mutual respect and trust. We use tools and understanding from Process Coaching to help augment our connection to our clients, families and agencies. We find when the family or agency is working out of self-acceptance they have an easier time following the behavioral support plan that we co-create.

We respect our clients and the myriad ways they communicate their needs through speech, sign, gesture and other behaviors. We also respect their parents/caregivers as experts on their own children. We harness this expertise by creating a behavioral support plan that works well for all involved. We strive to be compassionately honest with our clients. We believe that honesty lays the foundation of trust to truly bridge worlds.

We are a client-centered agency and believe that every behavior support plan must be crafted to fit the needs of the individual within the context of their family or living situation. First, we establish a foundation of trust by working together with our clients and their caregivers regarding the challenges they face. We then use the evidence-based practices of ABA to help them develop replacement behaviors and functional skills that will empower them to have a better quality of life. We execute this by finding what is reinforcing to our clients that will truly motivate them to make positive changes. We use the least intrusive effective treatment possible to help support our clients toward achieving their greatest potential.

To help our clients build effective and lasting bridges, it is essential to understand their world. Through comprehensive observation of the client in their daily life, we carefully study their behaviors so that our behavioral support plan addresses their specific needs, and evolves as they change and grow. This behavioral support plan is deliberately structured to help them build bridges to their family, friends and beyond so they can have as functional and joyous a life as possible.

We believe that it takes a village to raise any child, and it takes an even more cohesive village to raise a person who has an intellectual disability. Effective collaboration with the whole team of involved caregivers and professionals is an essential facet of our approach. We are always striving for the best possible communication between our agency, the family, the regional center, the school, and any other organizations or care providers involved. We know that the more we implement a unified approach in our work with the clients and their families, the more we will effectively deliver the highest quality of support and care.

Another central value of our company is learning. While we have expertise in behavior intervention and skills training, there is always more to learn about how to better serve our clients. We welcome feedback and strive to learn from our experience so we can continue to evolve the best approach possible to meet the needs of our clients and their support team. It is our understanding that learning happens best in a context of acceptance.

We believe that everyone is doing the best they can with their present skill set. Holding our clients and their caregivers in this light enables us to work with them in ways that help them learn most quickly and effectively.

Also central to our mission is fostering independence in our clients. We respect the rights of our clients to determine the course of their own life to the greatest extent possible. Our mission is to encourage and empower our clients to make healthy choices that will give them a greater range of self-responsibility and personal freedom.

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