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Greater Bakersfield

Our Learning Center and Offices

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      Serving You Close to Home

      Life is busy — we get it. And every child is different. In greater Bakersfield, we offer therapy in the place that meets your child’s needs, whether in your home or community, at our Learning Centers, in your child’s school or preschool, or through telehealth.

      Our Services

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      Learning Center

      Here, children thrive in a supportive play-based atmosphere.

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      Home & Community

      Our Home and Community Services take place in your child’s natural environment.

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      TeleABA

      We can provide remote ABA therapy via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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      Our Team

      Brandon Whitfield, M.A., BCBA

      Senior Clinical Director,
      Beach Cities

      “I am extremely proud to work with such passionate and knowledgeable individuals and appreciate every opportunity to help our clients and their families achieve their full potential.”

      Brandon is AST’s senior clinical director for the Beach Cities area. He was introduced to the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) while working as a counselor at a dual-diagnosis residential treatment facility. There, he learned about the effectiveness of early intervention and decided to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Brandon joined AST in 2009 and earned his master’s degree in education from National University. While going through his coursework, Brandon held the positions of interventionist, advanced behavior interventionist, and supervising behavior interventionist. Upon earning his BCBA, he has held the positions of clinical supervisor, managing clinical supervisor, and assistant clinical director before becoming a clinical director.

      Jocelyn Thompson, LCSW, BCBA

      Vice President, Clinical Services

      Jocelyn Thompson is a Vice President of Clinical Services for LEARN Behavioral based out of Sacramento, CA. Jocelyn currently manages services in Northern and Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico and Louisiana. For the last 15 years, Jocelyn has worked with diverse populations in multiple settings as a behavior analyst and a social worker. Jocelyn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA where she studied under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovaas and completed an internship at the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention. Jocelyn then received her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Los Angeles, where she also completed graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Jocelyn has actively promoted the field of applied behavior analysis through her involvement and work with local, state and national organizations. In 2013, she was selected by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to be part of the workgroup that developed and piloted the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. She currently serves as the marketing/outreach chair for Autism Speaks-Sacramento Walk, is a committee member of the Autism Intervention Network at the UC Davis MIND Institute and is on the ABA advisory panel for EQ Health Solutions. Jocelyn is also a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) stakeholders advisory committee and was elected to the CalABA Board as their Professional Association Liaison. Jocelyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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