"I foster a positive workplace and relationships between staff and clients by empowering staff performance, creating a safe environment, and adopting an empathetic approach during crisis responses."
Gilda Panales is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), CPI Trainer, and School Psychologist with 11 years of experience working with clients with challenging behaviors in schools and residential settings, developing and monitoring behavioral programs, and providing consulting, supervision, and training to direct support staff, school personnel, and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). Gilda also holds a certificate of Organizational Behavioral Management (OBM), allowing her to support businesses by taking a Behavioral Systems Analysis approach to assessing and implementing plans that lead to sustainable growth.
Supervision, Training, & Consulting Services
Gilda Panales, M.S., BCBA/OBM
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst
Gilda is an experienced behavior consultant with a background in counseling and school psychology. Throughout her career, she has directly assessed and supported individuals with behavioral challenges, developed and overseen the implementation of behavior programs, and collaborated with other professionals and staff members to improve treatment outcomes.
Additionally, Gilda has conducted Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), coached teachers about classroom management and behavior plan implementation, supervised registered behavior technicians (RBTs), consulted on behavioral cases, and provided group trainings on topics such as Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and behavior plan implementation.
With over a decade of experience as a school psychologist and behavior specialist, Gilda began working as a behavior consultant for adolescents and adults who display property destruction, suicidal ideations, self-injurious behaviors, and aggression in group homes. She found that her work widely decreased negative
behaviors and injuries to both staff members and clients, and her clients went on to lead more independent and productive lives. This led her to pursue advanced certification in Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) and start her own business, Behavior Specialist Services, to better serve individuals and organizations nationwide.
At Behavior Specialist Services, Gilda uses her expertise to help clients of all ages gain the social-emotional and behavioral skills that they need to thrive in their community. Reach out today to learn more about how Gilda can support you in achieving your goals.
Education & Certifications:
B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach
M.S. in Counseling (School Psychology Option) from California State University, Los Angeles
Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Credential
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Certified Instructor of Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention (CPI)
Organizational Behavioral Management (OBM)