Shawn Carter, M.ADS, BCBA

Behaviour Specialist

Availability: Wednesday (5-9 p.m.), Thursday (8 a.m. -12 p.m.), & Fridays (5-9 p.m.)

(Note: other times may be available by appointment)

For more information on my services, please visit my personal website: www.whitbybehaviourservices.com

Education, Training, & Professional Development

After completing my Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology at Trent University in Durham, I completed a Masters in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). I then completed 1500 hours of supervised field work implementing the principles of ABA in various settings, and was successful in passing a certification exam becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Having worked over 8 years in the field of ABA, I have experience working with a variety of populations, including:

  • Children, adolescents, and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Children and adolescents with behaviour challenges in the home, school, or community
  • Adults with a “dual diagnosis” (i.e., individuals who are living with both a mental illness and developmental disability)

I have worked as an Instructor therapist providing Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) with children with an ASD, a Consultant working in homes, school boards and community settings and a Behaviour Therapist on the Dual Diagnosis Services unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby.

Additionally, I have provided countless trainings and workshops for students, educational assistants, teachers, school board professionals and community service providers on dealing with challenging behaviours in children and adolescents. I also began teaching courses in the Psychology program at Trent University in Durham in 2013 in the areas of exceptional development and behaviour modification.

My Style & Approach to behaviour services

My approach to supporting individuals and families with behavioural challenges is built around the ideals of compassion and empathy, taking into account the family unit as a whole, involving all members in the assessment and treatment stages. I strive to build relationships with families and individuals to create a therapeutic environment that is non-judgmental and incorporates the thoughts and opinions of each individual involved.

I am able to support families with various issues including decreasing challenging behaviours in the home and community environments, teaching adaptive and social skills and providing support to families coping with challenging behaviours. I strongly believe in the “practice what you preach” saying, providing opportunities to model and practice the use of behavioural strategies, either in-home or in-office.

Personal Activities

Having grown up in a blended family, I pride myself in being an involved and energetic father to my two young boys. Though my interests include tennis, running and funny movies, I find myself spending most of my free time pushing kids in swings, going to swimming lessons, reading books, and changing diapers…and I love every moment of it! I consider myself to be someone who is approachable, compassionate with a healthy sense of humour, and who likes to meet new people.  I look forward to meeting many new people through my work at New Roots Therapy!