Charlene Gervais, M.ADS, BCBA

Charlene Gervais, BCBA, M.ADS – Clinical Director, The Portia Learning Centre Inc.

Highlights of Qualifications

Eleven years experience with ABA, of which seven years have been in Verbal Behaviour. Over six years experience as a Senior Therapist.

Experience working with dual diagnosis youth in care that have a range of developmental disabilities and behavioural challenges. Including youth with asperger syndrome, ODD, OCD, schizophrenia, Tourette syndrome, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Pivotal Response Training – Certified Level 1

Tomatis® Practitioner (Level 1)

Education

Master Applied Disability Studies (Brock University), 2011

BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) acquired September 2011
B.A. Honours Soc. Sc. Criminology conc. Sociology, University of Ottawa, 2005
Certified CPI (crisis prevention institute)
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention instructor 2008-2012
Standard CPR level C and First Aid, St. John Ambulance, Ottawa, 2012
T.C.I. (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) training and certificate, Ottawa, 2004
A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Certificate, Ottawa, 2003

Relevant Employment History

Clinical Director 2012 to present The Portia Learning Centre Inc.

Senior Therapist 2007 – 2012 The Portia Learning Centre Inc.

Behavioural Counsellor, Key worker 2003-2006 Bairn Croft Residential Services, Ottawa ON

Volunteer Teaching Assistant 2004-2005 Holy Spirit Elementary School, Stittsville ON

Telephone Volunteer 2002-2003
Ottawa Mental Health Crisis Line, Ottawa ON

Workshops / Training – Partial List

2015 (May) “Seizures in Autism Spectrum Disorder”  from the National Autism Association, presented by Dr. Richard Frye

2015 (May) Tomatis® Practitioner  (Level 1) – Montreal QC

2014 (December) Waaaayyyy Beyond The Functional Analysis – Merrill Winston, Ph.D., BCBA

2014 (November) Early Start Denver Model Workshop presented by Rachel Riethman, ESDM Certified Provider and Trainer

2012 (September) Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, BCBA-D

2011 to 2012 Supervised by Cherish Twigg, M.S., BCBA of Establishing Operations Inc. for BCBA certification.

2011 (May) Verbal Behaviour Overview, Building Motivation in the Natural Environment and Conversation: Holly Kibbe, M.S., BCBA and Cherish Twigg, M.S., BCBA of Establishing Operations Inc, Ottawa ON

2011 (May) PECS Basic Training, Ottawa ON

2010 (Apr) Teaching Occupational Performance Skills to Learners with Autism and Related Disabilities: Amy McGinnis M.S, OTR, M.S., BCBA, Kingston, ON

2010 (Apr) Building Behavioural Solutions Conference,Kingston ON
Keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Ducharme, Errorless Remediation and Keystone Behaviour.

2010 (Mar) Teaching children with developmental disabilities to speak: Current research and best practice, two day workshop, Speakers: Martha S. Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP, Tamara S. Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP

2009 (August) Strategies to Address Executive Functioning: Executive Functions, Imitation and Autism, Dr. Bob Ellis, Penn State University, State College, PA

2009 (August) Transferring Control of the Mand to the MO, Dr.Vincent J. Carbone, Penn State University, State College, PA

2009 (August) Ask the ABA experts Panal, Jerry Shook, Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, Dr. Mark Sundberg, Dr. Janet Twyman, Cathy Watkins, Penn State University, State College, PA

2009 (August) Social Communication Interventions for Learners with Significant Challenges, Dr. Kathleen Quill, Penn State University, State College, PA

2009 (August) The First Official Guide Training for the Social Context Jungle, Carol Gray, Penn State University, State College, PA

2009 (August) Using Automatic Reinforcement to Develop Skills in Learners with Autism, Dr. Mark Sundberg, Penn State University, State College, PA

2009 (August) Teaching Independent Skills to Learners with Autism, Dr. Rebecca Morrison, Penn State University, State College, PA

2008 (October) Introduction to Oral Motor and Articulation Skills Jacquee Glance, SLP

2008 (June) Food Acceptance
Half – day consultation with Mary Champagne

2008 (March) One day in-centre consultation with Dr. Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA

2008 (March) Twenty-two Language and Learning Barriers that can Affect Children with Autism: Assessment, Analysis, and Intervention 1 day workshop
Dr. Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA, Ottawa, Ontario

2008 (February) Food Acceptance
Half – day consultation with Evelyn Sparks

2007 (September) One day in-centre consultation with Dr. Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA

(2007) Language Intervention for Children with Autism Based on the Verbal Behavior MilestonesAssessment and Placement Program (The VB-MAPP) Dr. Mark Sundberg , Ph.D, BCBA, Two Full- day workshop (Ottawa)

(2007) Pivotal Response Training: An Evidence Based Practice for Children with Autism Katherine Holman, BACB/CEU’s/I/A. Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2007) Treatment of Automatically Reinforcing Behaviours
Dr. Brian Iwata Ph.D, BCBA. Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2007) Making Sense of Sensory Processing Differences in ASD Stacy Szklut B/I One-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2007) The Role of the Reflexive Motivating Operation CMO -R During Discrete Trial Instruction of Children with Autism
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, BCBA. One-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2006) Common Misconceptions in Behaviour Analysis
Dr. Jack Michael, Ph.D, BCBA. Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2006) Advanced Topics in Functional Analysis Methodology Dr. Brian Iwata, Ph.D, BCBA. Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2006) Errorless Teaching: Pros and Cons
Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D, BCBA.Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2006) Beyond the Early Learner: Teaching Advanced Skills to Children with Autism Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, BCBA. Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)

(2006) What Typical Language Development can teach us about Children with Autism Dr. Mark Sundberg, Ph.D, BCBA. Half-day workshop (Pennsylvania)