Vision and Mission Statement
Create Behavior Solutions (CBS) provides individualized support and guidance to families of all backgrounds. CBS uses evidence-based strategies to support families in how to prevent and respond to behaviors of concern.
Our goal is to empower parents with the science of behavior – utilizing evidence-based strategies to support the wellbeing of the whole family. Our aim is to educate parents to gain new skills and thrive as an effective parent. We guide parents to make goals based on what matters most to them. We believe that cultivating psychological flexibility helps both parents and children to adapt and thrive. Our goal is to help parents understand their child’s behavior and build positive behavior patterns.
We want to support parents not just to survive parenting but to enjoy it.
We believe that everyone can learn new things; including new ways of handling difficult situations. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for behavior concerns; each person has unique needs that should be carefully considered. We know that all behavior is shaped by environment and context; every behavior serves a function. When we understand what a behavior is communicating and why it is happening then we can address that need through effective strategies for prevention, accommodation and skill building.
We believe that parenting remains the greatest influence on social change and supporting parents will have a positive impact on current and future communities. We acknowledge that we all contribute to the health and wellbeing of society and we are committed to doing our part to work towards social justice and environmental sustainability. We believe that open, honest communication facilitates the need for building understanding, respecting differences and accepting diversity of all kinds. We seek to create an atmosphere of trust, respect and growth. Our values are guided by flexibility, humility, transparency, inclusion, empathy and collaboration.
The Science of Behavior
Create Behavior Solutions provides a service approach based in Applied Behavior Analysis — which is the scientific study of the principles of learning and behavior; and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy — a branch of clinical behavior analysis which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help people move toward their valued behavior.
Behavior is everything individuals do, think, or say and Behavior Analysis believes we can study and understand behavior just like any other science because it’s predictable. Behavior just like everything else in the universe doesn’t just happen for no reason; there is a cause and effect (i.e., determinism). In order to figure out how to predict a behavior, you have to find its function – the reason why it is happening. Without knowing why a behavior is or is not happening you can’t effectively improve the situation. Behavior assessments help Behavior Analysts to identify a Function of the behavior just like a blood test helps a Doctor identify what is causing symptoms. Behavior treatment is individualized based on the specific needs of the individual in their unique environment. Treatment techniques rely on the function of the behavior to inform treatment and are based on decades of research using the principles of behavior to guide its application. Applied Behavior Analysis is data-driven, meaning we must measure the progress of treatment to evaluate its effect on the individual client and make treatment decisions based on data.
Applied Behavior Analysis looks to the environment where behavior occurs in order to describe, understand, predict and affect change to improve socially significant behaviors (i.e., behaviors that meaningfully affect people’s lives). ABA services focus on improving the human experience by teaching new skills and decreasing behaviors of concern.
COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a branch of clinical Behavior Analysis which aims to improve psychological flexibility through 6 core processes, which are: acceptance, mindfulness, values, committed action, defusion, and self-as context. Rather than attempting to eliminate negative experiences, the objective of ACT is to accept those experiences that life brings while simultaneously taking steps towards your valued behaviors. ACT emphasizes committed actions (i.e., specific goals) that are connected to a person’s chosen values – what really matters to you. With acceptance and mindfulness, a person learns to contact the present moment and acknowledge the private events (e.g., thoughts, feelings, urges, body sensations) they experience without fusing with them or allowing them to determine their behavior.
When an individual wants to make changes related to their own behaviors, it is often necessary to address the impact of private events and the context in which they occur. What ACT brings to the science of behavior change is the understanding that self-regulating your behavior often needs to begin by examining the impact and context of your thoughts.
WHAT IS A BEHAVIOR ANALYST?
A Behavior Analyst is trained in the science of behavior and specializes in understanding and improving behavior for a wide range of clients. Behavior Analysts are focused on solving tangible, well-defined problems with practical solutions that produce measurable outcomes.
Behavior Analysts steer away from inner explanations (e.g., ego, super ego, subconscious) and focus more on the external and observable variables that affect a client’s behavior. Behavior Analysts focus on how environmental variables affect a client’s behavior. They also consider how a client’s internal verbal behavior (private events like thoughts and feelings) effect their actions. They use an extensive research-based technology to apply strategies to improve the human condition. They also collaborate and consult with practitioners in a variety of fields. Board Certified Behavior Analysts must use strategies that are evidence-based and abide by a strict code of ethical guidelines.