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Meet Corey Nguyen, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
In this series of "Day in the Life of ____", we will be highlighting the various professions Opportunity Village has to offer. This feature is focused on Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
What led you to OV/your current position?
I have worked with children since 2009. In 2019, I was looking to apply the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a different population. I had heard about Opportunity Village and had even attended a few of their events. But to my knowledge at the time they did not employ a BCBA. One day while pursuing Indeed (a favorite past-time of mine), I noticed that Opportunity Village was looking for a BCBA! I applied and have now been with OV for almost 2 years. With the help of Mark Inouye and Chuck Neuwohner, we started the Youth Behavioral Service program at OV that works with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive funding under ATAP which is a state-funded program. ATAP supports families that have no insurance or are underinsured access ABA services for their loved ones.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My entire day is focused on improving the performance of others, whether that be the children I serve or the college students I teach. One of the most important things to me is promulgating the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The science of ABA has far-reaching effects! It is the study of human behavior, not the study of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. Rather it is the study of humans.... people just like you and me! Somedays, I do direct work with people served. Somedays, I supervise staff. Somedays, I write and adjust interventions. I spend a lot of my time in my car going from person-served to person-served. I am terrible with directions so I am likely using a GPS, even though I have been driving around the Valley providing services for 6 years.
What is the most exciting part of your job?
Seeing people make progress; whether that be the people I serve or staff improving their craft related to managing and supporting behavior. I love it when people recognize that ABA is not just about managing maladaptive behavior. I like to tell my staff that “ABA” is all around us, it is what we do! I get excited when I hear that others want to pursue or get involved in the field of ABA. The Youth Behavior Services team currently has two Registered Behavior Technicians, both of whom are seeking the credential of BCBA. Kudos to them! I am excited I get the opportunity to learn from them each and every day, along with others that I get the pleasure of working alongside with here at OV.
Who inspires you?
Working with people inspires/motivates me. Seeing people grow and develop inspires me. The children I serve inspire me. My day does not present with a lot of barriers. Those that I serve have a much tougher/challenging road ahead of them. Sometimes for them, a small routine task for us might be monumental for them and they face it head-on each and every day. That is why, they inspire me to do more and do better!
What is your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
When I am not working, I enjoy playing golf and watching my stepdaughter play soccer.
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