Christie Enzinna, M.A.
Christie Enzinna, M.A. is a licensed psychological associate and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 30 years experience.
University of Colorado at Denver - Denver, Colorado – 1/74-5/74
University of Nevada at Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada – 9/74-5/77 – B.A. (Psychology)
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa – 9/77-6/79 – M.A. (Psychology)
ABA Professional Services, LLC, Richmond, Texas, Partnership consultation program, 4/10 — present
A consulting service established as a resource to provide individualized, high quality, expert services in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Developing and implementing individualized behavior change plans to assist families, schools, and agencies. Individual treatment, systems analysis, and staff training. Working with all populations and ages in the natural environment.
Behavior Treatment and Training Center, Rosenberg, Texas, Manager of Community Programs, 12/03 – 5/10
Managed a 12,500 square foot facility with an ABA outpatient clinic for individuals with developmental disabilities and intensive ABA day treatment program for children with autism spectrum disorders, provided clinical supervision for behavior analysis services through Project Grow, Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI). At the time of departure supervising 10 BCBA, 3 BCaBA, 40+ direct contact staff positions with high school through graduate level training. Practicum training site for University of Houston Clear Lake ABA graduate program.
In December 2003 wrote and received a $500,000 grant through the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities to train individuals in Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) over 5 years. Developed the PBS Training Program, writing curriculum for a 6 level skill training course which includes classroom instruction, 1:1 role-play practices, homework projects, practicum demonstration, and a written and oral final examination at each level, supervising one full time Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to coordinate the program.
In January 2004 started the BTTC Day Treatment Program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment one on one for 15-32.5 hours per week. The BTTC Day Treatment Program was established through private pay tuition and grew from two children to 40+ children employing 5 full-time BCBA’s within 5 years.
In April 2009 wrote and received a $1.25 million grant for autism treatment provided by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). In September 2010 obtained approval for a two year extension of the grant at an additional $1.25 million. The grant allowed the program to offer treatment to children ages 3-8 on a sliding fee scale based on parent income.
Continued to supervise and direct the BTTC Outreach Program (see previous employment listed below) which provided clinic based ABA treatment to individuals with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. Treatment is provided short-term, approximately 3-5 months with 2 appointments per week. The treatment model was for the BCBA to provide direct intervention, typically in 2 appointments per week at the clinic with some community/home generalization sessions. Supervised 5 BCBA’s in the Outreach Program. This position involved a great deal of public speaking and coordinating between agencies. Personally provided consultation to schools, families, and other agencies/programs.
Behavior Treatment and Training Center, Richmond, Texas, Behavior Analyst for Outreach Program, 2/98 – 11/03
Provide intensive applied behavior analysis services to children and adults with the diagnosis of mental retardation and/or PDD or Autism, in an out-patient setting. Supervision of one Master’s level Psychologist and one non-degreed staff person. Conduct analog functional analyses and language assessments. Develop behavior intervention programs for decreasing and increasing behaviors.
Intensive training conducted with parents, in-home trainers, public school staff, and other identified care-givers or trainers. Services are provided as short-term, 3-6 months for assessment, program development, implementation, and generalization training. Clients are then referred back to their MHMRA or the public school for continued follow-up. This position involved a great deal of public speaking and coordinating between agencies.
Behavior Treatment and Training Center, Richmond, Texas, Behavior Analyst, 5/95 – 2/98
Provide intensive applied behavior analysis services to children and adults functioning with developmental disabilities, within both an in-patient setting and outreach program. The Behavior Treatment and Training Center consists of two six-bed group homes for short-term residential placement, 3-6 months. Conduct analog functional analyses and language assessment. Develop behavior management programs which are implemented initially at the Behavior Treatment and Training Center and then transitioned to the natural environment of home and school or work setting.
Behavior Treatment and Training Center, Richmond, Texas, Associate Director, 4/90 – 5/95
Working with the initial establishment of the Behavior Treatment and Training Center, setting up the two six-bed group homes and a training program. The program was established to provide expert Applied Behavior Analysis services to a 12 county area surrounding Houston. Responsible for hiring, training, and organizing 60 staff for the facility when the campus was opened in January 1993. Established the staffing structure, polices, client schedules, and furnishings for the campus. Responsibilities included individual behavioral and educational program development, client training, personnel management, fiscal management, and standards compliance. Developed expanded programs and services to benefit the community, including establishing the Outreach Program which included supervision of the five Outreach Specialists in data collection and behavior therapy program implementation within community settings.
Richmond State School, Richmond, Texas, Unit Director, 1/88 – 4/90
Director of residential unit of 108 adolescent and young adult males functioning within the severe to profound range of mental retardation. Supervision of and accountability for 126 professional and paraprofessional staff. Responsibilities included assuring delivery of services in areas of behavior management, skill acquisition training, direct care, as well as personnel management, fiscal management, and standards compliance. Additionally responsible as a certified psychologist for development and supervision of the Intensive Toilet Training Team for the campus.
Richmond State School, Richmond, Texas, Unit Psychologist, 4/86 – 1/88
Psychologist for building of 128 adolescent and young adult males functioning within the severe to profound range of mental retardation, displaying aggressive, self-abusive, and severe pica behavior. Responsible for psychological and educational services to include psychological evaluations and updates, developing, implementing, and monitoring skills acquisition programs and behavior therapy programs. Responsible to hire, train and supervise behavior therapy and skill acquisition training staff. Participation on an inter-disciplinary team including monthly consultations with the consulting psychiatrist for clients receiving psychotropic medications in addition to individual staffings. Developed and established a pica treatment dorm to severely limit the use of mechanical restraints and provide intensive individualized behavior therapy. Staff responsibilities were 15 non-degreed therapist technicians and one bachelor degreed registered therapist.
Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, Florida, Unit Psychologist, 11/85 – 2/86
Responsible to develop a data base program for treatment of 111 adult mentally ill male and female clients in a residential setting. The printed, comprehensive, program was developed within a three month period. Participation on an interdisciplinary team.
Richmond State School, Richmond, Texas, Unit Psychologist, 10/79 – 10/85
Responsible for psychological and educational services for adults functioning within the profound to moderate range of mental retardation including psychological evaluations and updates, daily scheduling, and developing, implementing, and monitoring skill acquisition programs and behavior therapy programs. Hire, train, and supervise behavior therapy and skill acquisition training staff. Formal staff training responsibilities included pre-written behavior modification and aggression intervention curriculums. Instructor trainer for TDMHMR Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior. Close work with direct care staff in problem solving and involvement in behavior therapy programs. Participation on an interdisciplinary team included monthly consultation with the consulting psychiatrist for clients receiving psychotropic medications in addition to individual annual staffings. Member of facility Behavior Therapy Modification Committee 9/81-10/85.
Population assignments while employed at Richmond State School:
2/84-10/85. 32 females and 16 males housed on locked dormitories established for the aggressive and self-abusive clients on campus. Management responsibilities included hiring, supervising, and training 12 non-degreed therapist technicians and one bachelor degreed registered therapist. Aversive behavior therapy programs were included among the individual behavior therapy programs.
10/79-2/84. 108 males housed on 3 locked and 3 unlocked dormitories. Staff responsibilities were 11 non-degreed therapist technicians and one bachelor degreed special education teacher.
Sweetbriar Development Center, West Columbia, Texas, Consulting Psychological Associate, 10/81 – 11/83
Responsible for psychological and behavioral assessment, staff training in behavior modification and control of aggressive behavior, program development and consultation, at a residential facility for approximately 70 male and female adults functioning within the severe to moderate range of mental retardation. Approximately 14 hours per week evenings and weekends.
Center for Retarded, Houston, Texas, Program Coordinator, 8/79 – 10/79
Responsible for a caseload of 40 adults with mental retardation, most of whom lived in the natural home. Primary duties included writing individual programs implemented in the workshop for the development of vocations, survival, and social skills, instructing trainers in the skills and techniques needed to implement individual goals, management of behavior problems and participation on an interdisciplinary team.
Goodwill Industries, Des Moines, Iowa, Program Coordinator Analyst, 5/79 – 6/79
The temporary, full-time position was for program and social interaction analysis at Goodwill West, an adult rehabilitation residential facility. Responsibilities included analyzing ways in which the system reinforced undesired behaviors and ways in which the system failed to reinforce desired behaviors. Weekly written reports were submitted to the Director of Goodwill West and President of Goodwill Industries in Des Moines, summarizing observations and recommendations.
Polk County Health Services, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, Graduate Student Intern, 1/79 – 5/79
Purpose of the internship was to aid in the development of an annual plan for services to present to the Polk County Board of Supervisors at the county budget hearing. Responsibilities included working with two task forces (substance abuse and mental health) in developing written descriptions of current and recent service activity for programs carried out by substance abuse and mental health agencies in Polk County, and developing a written analysis of the specific community needs in the problem area.
Center for Human Development, Des Moines, Iowa, Graduate Student Intern, 1/78 – 12/78
Served on a treatment team supervised by a faculty member in treating out- patients with a variety of presenting problems. Personal experience obtained in working with public school special education classes, children’s behavior problems at school and in the home, and an individual with mental retardation.
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Graduate Assistant, 9/77 – 12/78
Duties included staffing a learning center where introductory psychology students came to take tests and study, and teaching 7-week discussion groups. From 6/78- 12/78 held the position of administrative assistant which included, in addition to the above duties, the responsibility of coordinating the seven graduate assistants that formed the staff for the class.
Texas Psychological Associate Certificate #1760 (4/11/80) Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certificate #1-01-0388 (6/30/01) DMR certified state of Texas
Affiliations Member of the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2008-2011 (www.bacb.com)
Established and Chaired the Houston Area Autism Special Interest Group for Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA)
Previous council member for Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA) Charter and council member of Lone Star AB