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and its best hope for the future"  

A Multicultural Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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Open Door's Global Village 

An ongoing series of informational entries from B.E.L.I.E.F Eclectic Learning 

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The other side of the fence: Mental Health in the developing world  

December 13, 2017

Recently we had the honor of traveling to Ghana, Africa. While there we visited five nonprofit organizations that work directly with children and young adults with special needs and those who are at-risk children due to social and economic conditions.  The organization that we visited were New Horizon Special School, Street Girls Aid, DUNK, Reading Spots and Autism Action. All of which were extremely impactful and motivating for us at B.E.L.I.E.F. Eclectic. In addition, we were invited to implement the usefulness of ABA Therapy with the students of New Horizon Special School.  The experience highlighted some of the similarities that exist between people of African decent all over the globe. Here in US, mental illness and developmental disorders are heavily stigmatized, particularly in the black community.  In general, POC are least likely to seek treatment for certain conditions, even when services are available. This issue isn't just an local issue affecting people of color; it is a global concern that we are passionate about addressing head on! In places such as Ghana the stigma associated with mental health is present at every level of society including the government, education and medical system. Unlike America, the right and the access to services is virtually non-existent in Ghana especially those with more severe diagnoses.  Children are typically the most affected and harmed by the lack of services. While there are nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations on the ground in places like Ghana; this simply isn't enough due to having no financial or official backing from the government. In our efforts to understand, connect and contribute to the possible solutions we continue to work alongside the organizations on ground that are striving to make a difference against the odds. Our journey to Africa was life changing. What's more, it made clear how important our work here is. We brought back with us a new sense of direction that we hope to share with the world as move forward and we continue to promote change and growth particularly in underserved communities, both here and abroad.

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Who Is Disabled? 

January 5, 2018

"If you fail to see the person...but only the disability then who is Blind? If you cannot hear your brothers cry for justice...who is deaf? You do not communicate with your sister...separate her from you...who is disabled? Your heart or mind does not reach out to your neighbor...who has the mental handicap? You do not stand up for the rights of all persons...who is crippled? Your attitude towards persons with disability...May be our biggest handicap and yours too!"

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5 Reasons Why ABA is Right for Your family 

August 31, 2018

Parent Training

There will never be a way to adequately measure the amount of work put into a parent-child relationship but there continue to be new ways to reinforce the bonds that keep them together as time and circumstances change or challenge them. Not only strength but perseverance is integral to the success of this bond. It is even more important when special needs are applied to this relationship. This means that parents can never stop learning and train to be a part of the process. We can help parents by providing tools and strategies to empower them and reinforce their role for the best outcome.

Treat Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is and continues to be a growing problem that not only affects the individual but the family and supporting communities. However, the path of treatment is a long and methods continue to be developed in solving this problem. Studies based on the use of ABA have resulted in many viable alternatives to the regular and often ineffective forms of treatment

Dementia is Manageable

The impossible task of managing the struggle, time, and costs associated with those loved ones suffering from dementia often seem inconspicuous. The idea of antipsychotics and uncertain facilities doesn’t seem like it is the only option. That’s because it isn’t! Families can find themselves overwhelmed while having to deal with the issues that emerge at unpredictable rates in a disease that progressively robs both memory and physical functions. This can lead to caregivers developing depression and many other symptoms from the isolation and stress in their responsibilities. So, there are two sides to the coin in managing dementia and ABA can teach both to recognize and effectively treat the disease as the caregiver’s role begins to grow. Calming environments and stress management techniques can go a long way into facilitating an environment where symptoms can be addressed in a safe and productive way.

Brain-injury Rehabilitation

The brain-behavior relationship plays an integral role in the process of rehabilitation in traumatic brain injuries. Therefore, it is even more important to begin by understanding the scope of the relationship and by forming methods of behavioral analysis and techniques in therapy for everyone involved. The short and long-term disabilities from this trauma can affect not only the patients but their friends and family. ABA has been shown to be effective in treating several issues from aggression to non-compliance, anxiety, depression, or non-compliance. Beyond that, there are varying solutions that ABA can provide in rehabilitation, from managing environmental factors or implementing practices to aid consultation and treatment with healthcare providers.

Occupation Safety

The benefits of applying ABA to prevent, reduce, and respond to safety matters range from a happier and healthier environment to a more informed and less accident-prone staff. By simply applying systems of effective behavioral interventions and practices within a population, employers can sometimes even see a more uniform sense of responsibility and commitment. There are many such environments where these intentions are only touched on by management, but it is just not enough. ABA training focuses on the “behaviors that prevent accidents and promote employee health” and consists of multi-level texts and workbooks to involve the trainees in the process of learning and applying concepts of the job safety model and can be tailored to each industry.

Overall, the value of integrating ABA have profound effects on many industries, across all levels of human interaction and contact with the world. There is still so much more to learn about how we can use ABA as a foundational approach to many aspects of our businesses and our lives. While there are plenty of other ways you can manage unforeseen events or circumstances, these five reasons highlight just some of the many benefits from the impact of Applied Behavioral Analysis on families and businesses. 

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Diversity in Mental Health 

October 11, 2018

Diversity in Mental Health

There seems to be no better time than now to talk about diversity and acceptance in the world of mental health. In recent months, major universities have put out various forms of initiatives and expanded services to address this very issue, even students have formed their own groups. Beyond the academic realm, there are a growing number of subscription-based mobile applications and web-based services that promise honest and open dialogue with a licensed professional no matter when or where a person may need it. However convenient these methods are, there is nothing more satisfying and efficient than the face-to-face method of communication and diagnosis.


Not only is there a growing need for behavioral services and counseling, but there is also an even greater need for contracted professionals or specialized groups with the programs and strategies to successfully implement these ideas going forward. Each of these must be vetted and approved but then what happens next?

The biggest hurdle continues to be the stigma of mental health services as well as the lack of diversity. While things like this cannot be transparent, their methods could be and so must their commitment to a sense of security and integration of language, services, and accommodations. All of these and more can be discussed at length with your friends at Open Door Living Association. Multicultural awareness, inclusive cultural treatment planning, and with ABA guided research in a multidisciplinary behavioral healthcare practice. It’s a one-stop solution with a modality of treatments that include individuals, families, and group treatment. Contact us today to see if we can help you open new doors!

"When it comes to global mental health there is no THEM, only US." 

Global Health Council

our global impact

In its effort to educate and bridge the gap in mental health services for children,  B.E.L.I.E.F. Eclectic and its affiliates continually strive  to foster relationships with international organizations that promote a similar missions. In our journey we have been privileged to connect with NGOs in places such as Ghana who are the forerunners in providing support and education for individuals and children with I/DD.  This video features one of those amazing organizations.

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