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Behavior Supports Services are designed to help people in identifying what issues are interfering in the ability to reach their fullest potential. Our goal is to teach positive skills that will assist the person in building self-reliance in their pursuit of a rewarding life. Services are provided in the person’s home, work, school or community, based on the level of support needed in each area. Specific services include:
- Creation of a Behavior Support Plan
- Face-to-Face work on B.S.P. goals
- Attendance at Psychiatry Appointments
- Participation in Team Meetings
- Reporting Progress via Quarterly B.S.P. Efficacy Reviews
Behavior Supports through Pet Therapy
Here at Opportunities for Positive Growth, Audie and Finley partner with their human companion, Kayla Honaker (B.S.S.), to provide a service called Behavior Supports through Pet Therapy Techniques. This service provides support to those with depression, anxiety, fear of dogs, and social skills challenges that receive behavior supports through O.P.G.
In order to receive Behavior Supports through Pet Therapy Techniques, you must currently either have a Behavior Specialist with O.P.G. or must be able to add Behavior Supports with O.P.G. to your services. Unfortunately, if you have another Behavior Support provider we are not able to provide Behavior Supports through Pet Therapy services at this time.
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O.P.G. Pursuit Podcast: below is an interview with Kayla Honacker (nee Rothgeb). Click the arrow to play.
Transcript available here
Meet the Executive Director,
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Gina has been with O.P.G. since 2002. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1989 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1991 from Indiana University.
Gina received her License as a Clinical Social Worker in 1993 and later in 1999, she earned a Master’s Degree of Science in Education. She started working at O.P.G. as a Behavior Support Specialist before being named the Director of Behavior Supports in 2009 and later becoming the Executive Director.
Having clinical experience in the mental health field in the years prior to coming to work at O.P.G., she finds being able to develop long-term relationships with people we support to be an honor and a privilege.
She believes the most rewarding aspect of her job is being a part of helping people realize their life goals.
O.P.G. employs over 35 Masters Level Behavioral Specialists that serve in Indiana!
Message from the Executive Director
we support to give top quality behavior support services.
From the initial interview to offering services, it is our goal to provide the best possible match in a Behavior Specialist
and to make sure that a person is able to identify
and work on what is most meaningful. Showing up is one of the keys to a successful relationship,
and that is what our Behavior Specialists do!"
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Linda Bell, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. –
Director of Behavior Support Services
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Raina Neal, M.A. –
Director of Behavior Support Services
Raina joined O.P.G. in 2012 with seven years of experience in her field. Raina earned her Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology from University of Detroit Mercy. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from Ball State University. She believes one of the rewarding parts of her job is having the opportunity to watch individuals grow and make accomplishments.
Below is a video introducing Opportunities for Positive Growth’s Behavior Support Services. Click the red and white arrow to play.
Closed Captioning is available.