We offer a unique approach to behavior coaching called Clinical Family Coaching. Our program is designed to improve the stability of family lives by identifying high priority behavior challenges, and training family members to use behavior change methods to reduce and replace problem behavior. The service takes place in the home or other natural environments. Our Clinical Family Coaching team is a well-trained team of professionals and paraprofessionals overseen by licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).
Who Receives Clinical Family Coaching
Clinical Family Coaching is for children, adolescents or teenagers with autism and their parents/guardians in Maricopa County. Families must be enrolled in the state behavioral health system to access this service. Parents or caregivers participate in Clinical Family Coaching sessions.
Individuals are commonly referred to our program for the treatment of self-injury, physical aggression, noncompliance, extreme tantrums and outbursts, elopement (running away from caregivers), and other high-risk behaviors.
The AZA Approach
Our approach to Clinical Family Coaching combines a number of evidence-based practices including Applied Behavior Analysis, Parent Management Training, Behavioral Skills Training, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to treat extremely challenging behavior and train family members to intervene and maintain progress over time. We embrace a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach that includes participation from other professionals working with the family (e.g., psychologists, social workers, case managers, habilitation therapists, teachers and counselors). Our coaching teams view problem behavior in the context of the whole family’s experience and teams seek to involve all members in the course of treatment.
Clinical Family Coaching services are accessed through the public behavioral health system and funded by Arizona’s Medicaid program. To be eligible for funding, families must have their child enrolled in an AHCCCS or DDD health plan and be working with a case manager. AZA United must receive a referral from the case manager in order to initiate Clinical Family Coaching services. We have a Family Support Team here at AZA United that is available to assist families at no cost through the process of applying for eligibility and requesting services through a case manager.
To view a handout on how to access Clinical Family Coaching through your AHCCCS or DDD healthplan, click here.
For more information on how to access funding for services, click here.