Assisting Children and young adults (Current Employee) – Fresno, CA – August 22, 2016
Typically the work experience at P.C.F.A. is a job where I had to assist children/teens with autism. What I've learned from this job was that I was able to interact and understand the fundementals of autism. Management is alright and I believe that there could be some room for tweaking. The hardest part of the job is keep a structured routine. The most enjoyable part of the job is that everyone helped and interacted.
Clinical Supervisor (Former Employee) – Glendale, CA – August 16, 2016
A day of work starts around 7 or 8am with school case conflicts or issues to attend to, and ended anywhere from 7pm or 8pm, while being on call all day. If you did your job efficiently by being available to your staff and clients, a day would last anywhere from 12-13 hours, 6-7 days a week. The work itself was fulfilling, being able to create your own programs and handle interventions with creative license. The hardest part was creating a decent work and personal life balance. Even if you were not visiting clients, you'd have to deal with writing reports, customer satisfaction, school conflicts, IEPs, being available to support staff, and working on materials for cases. This would not always be handled within business hours and work always piled up. There would be minimal time for self-care. Even management had their hands and plates just as full, so while support was present, it was not always enough. I did learn how to manage my time better.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist (Current Employee) – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – May 10, 2016
Currently, I am employed at Pacific Child and Family Associates, LLC., as an Applied Behavioral Therapist. I provide support to children ages 3-15 and assist in their acquisition of social significant skills in the domains of daily living, self-help, functional communication, safety awareness, and social skills. The ultimate goal is to increase the consumers’ level of independence in completing such skills so they can access their environment. I also provide training and support within the family system to help in facilitating the success of the consumer. I am teaching individuals how to develop a typical age appropriate social milieu. This involves supporting the individual learner to participate in social activities with typical individuals in the community in order to create positive and social relationships. I facilitate programming that provides individuals with countless opportunities to effectively execute skills learned from a controlled environment into a more naturalistic environment. The programs integrate and bride the skills necessary for an individual to effectively function socially in their community.
Helping children with special needs achieve their capabilities, building connections with children, families and staff.
Miscommunication between supervisors, applied behavioral therapists, and scheduling.
Direct Service Provider (Former Employee) – Fresno, CA – December 15, 2015
The unfortunate experience all started with the management of this company. They have inexperienced/uneducated people running the main office. Sadly, this trickles down to the people working for them. The inadequate leadership and direction effects how people can effectively do their jobs. I will say that if you're looking to get experience in the field, it would suffice. A long term position is not a great idea.
Office Assistant/Sr. Behavior Therapist (Former Employee) – San Ramon, CA – September 14, 2015
I learned a lot from PCFA and the aspects of behavior therapy. While I was there I had a number of Clinical Directors that were very different. It was fun but not too much room for advancement with out a BCBA.
Scheduler (Current Employee) – Glendale, CA – May 17, 2015
A typical day at work begins at 8:30am and ends at 5pm. There's a lot of work to do but it's great because it keeps us busy. I like the management because they are human and very compassionate and understanding of various situations and circumstances. My co-workers are great people too. We enjoy working together and often go to events outside of work together. The hardest part of the job is just not being able to help all the families we serve due to a shortage of qualified applicants in the industry. The most enjoyable part is the progress that the children make with the services that we provide.
Behavioral Therapist (Former Employee) – Glendale, CA – July 18, 2013
There is no such thing as a typical day at work because every child with autism is different. I learned new intervention techniques. Management is very supportive and appreciative. My co-workers are friendly and energetic.The hardest part of the job is staying positive. The most enjoyable part of the job is the rewarding experience of helping children build their adaptive and functional skills.
Behavior Therapist (Current Employee) – CA – January 15, 2013
Therapists start off with only part time, although the pay is decent. You are usually assigned several kids in which you do in-home therapy, usually 1-2 hours. I learned a great of about how to deal/work with children, especially when they have disabilities. While they are sometimes hard to work with, the children are great. It is the reason why I work here. You do not see a lot of your co-workers, except the case supervisors once a week. There is not a lot of communication with the office/managers, which can be frustrating sometimes when you need to request something or make schedule changes, but they are very nice people. The best part is certainly having the freedom to run your sessions while enjoying the children. The hardest part is learning to be patient with them while doing a good job teaching them.
low hours, not much feedback from management, no benefits
Behavior Therapist (Current Employee) – San Ramon, CA – August 16, 2012
Pacific Child and Family is an excellent company. It provides services to autistic children all around the East Bay and other places. Working with this company is fun and flexible. Everyday I learn new things about working with PCFA. The most enjoyable part of the job are the moments when I bring my knowledge and all I learned to my clients and see their progress.