Clinical Resource Team

The LABBB Clinical Resource Team provides students with an individualized approach to their behavioral and emotional needs. Counseling, social work, and behavioral support are provided by experienced professionals who work together with other LABBB staff to offer an integrated service delivery model that is student-driven. Our clinicians work together with family, classroom staff, specialists, clinicians, and vocational staff when appropriate, to determine the specific techniques and supports that are integral for our students’ success in the classroom, home, and community. The overall goal of this department is to address our students’ emotional and behavioral needs so that they may achieve their full potential.
Our services are:

  • Student-driven
  • Individualized
  • Supportive of parent involvement
  • Team-oriented

Clinical Team & Approaches

The LABBB Clinical Resource Department includes licensed mental health counselors, licensed social workers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and experienced clinical support staff. Clinicians utilize various methods and modalities of therapy, including reality therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, systemic family therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Clinicians spend time in the classrooms to build relationships with students, observe and monitor behavior, and assist with the implementation of classroom-wide strategies and individual behavior support plans. They also work with students in the context of individual counseling sessions to help students become more aware of their behavior, self-evaluate, and make required adjustments so that they can be more productive in class or at work. As such, counselors work with vocational staff oftentimes in the work settings so that they can help generalize strategies found to be successful in the school setting.

They also promote positive functional skill development and emotional wellness through weekly groups. These are often co-taught with our specialists (OTs and SLPs) and cover the following topics: womens issues, mens issues, mens only, wellness, hygiene, sex education, self-advocacy, disability awareness, character education, social pragmatics, and independent living skills.

Our clinicians also:

  • Work collaboratively with family members so that we can bridge the gap between home and school thereby facilitating the generalization of desirable behavior changes.
  • Conduct home assessments and school-based functional behavior assessments both for our collaborative students and for students in our LABBB member districts.
  • Offer in-service trainings to LABBB staff and to our member districts on an array of clinical topics, Applied Behavior Analysis, education, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI).

Internship Program

LABBB is also pleased to work with psychology interns from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. We typically supervise two to three interns each year. The interns are closely supervised by our counselors as they support our students by integrating in our classrooms, conducting individual therapy sessions, assisting with groups, and working with families. This is a mutually beneficial program that allows the intern to gain valuable experience in our programs while our students have additional supports from developing clinicians.

 
Clinical Team Staff
 

Lisa Gurdin - Home Service Coordinator and Behavior Consultant
LABBB Collaborative
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Lisa S. Gurdin, MS, BCBA is the LABBB Collaborative Clinical Resource Coordinator. As coordinator of clinical services, Ms. Gurdin oversees the counselors, social workers and behavior analysts who work across the collaborative, supports the behavioral and counseling services that are provided to our students, conducts workshops for LABBB staff and other professionals in the area, and works on systems development for the clinical department. In addition, she coordinates home behavioral services, which include parent training, home behavioral consultation, and home assessments for our member districts and is a member of our Leadership Team.

Prior to working exclusively for LABBB, Ms. Gurdin was in private practice as a behavior consultant to area schools and families. While in private practice, she also conducted numerous workshops on behavior management for parents and teachers of preschool and elementary-age children. Prior to consulting, Ms. Gurdin worked at The May Institute, Inc. a large non-profit human service organization for eight years. While at The May, she managed research and training grants, developed and taught coursework in behavior analysis, worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation both locally and nationally, and developed and coordinated a company-wide mentoring program.

   

MS. TRISH COSTA - Counselor, Teacher
LABBB Collaborative
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Ms. Costa, MS. CAGS has been part of the LABBB Collaborative Program for the past 22 years primarily part of the counseling department for the past 15 years and in that time has worked mainly within the High School component of the LABBB Collaborative programs at Lexington High School, Belmont High, Minute Man High School, and John Glenn Middle School. She received her Master of Science degree in Mental Health counseling from Salem State University and is also certified in Reality Therapy from the William Glasser Institute.

Ms. Costa has presented at many conferences as part of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counseling Association and William Glasser Institute, as well as locally working with Elementary and Middle school children running “Bullying” workshops. Her experience has been with working with adolescents who present with a wide range of diagnoses including, autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety and ADHD. Ms. Costa is working toward an M.Ed. in Special Education from Salem State University.

   

STEPHEN EASTRIDGE - Behavior Specialist and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program (CPI) Instructor
LABBB Collaborative
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Mr. Stephen Eastridge is the Behavior Specialist primarily for the program at Lexington High School but also supports other LABBB programs. He is also one of the LABBB instructors for the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program or CPI. He has sixteen years experience working at the LABBB Collaborative first in the capacity of Counselor to the middle school program (now based at Chenery Middle School in Belmont) from 1995-1999.

From 1999-2001, he worked for Riverside County Office of Education in California to design and implement two programs, in collaboration with Riverside County Mental Health, that continues to service students with emotional disabilities. He is on faculty for The William Glasser Institute and has been an instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute since 2000. Mr. Eastridge earned Master’s of Education degrees from Northeastern University (1993) and Endicott College (2003).

   

LAURIE HARRINGTON – Counselor and Social Worker
LABBB Collaborative
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Laurie B. Harrington, MSW, LICSW provides Social Work and Counseling services for LABBB students in the elementary, middle school and high school programs. Ms. Harrington earned her Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. In addition to providing individual counseling and facilitating student, psycho-educational groups, Ms. Harrington also provides family consultation.

Ms. Harrington uses systems theory as well as cognitive behavior therapy in her work to optimize the success of students at LABBB. Ms. Harrington has considerable experience working with children and adolescents experiencing various challenges including developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders and autism spectrum disorders.

Ms. Harrington serves as a liaison among school, family and community resources. Ms. Harrington has also been active in providing program wide staff education and consultation. Prior to being employed at LABBB, Ms. Harrington worked as a medical social worker at Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

Ms. Harrington provided counseling and intervention to patients in diverse stages of illness. While at Lahey Clinic, Ms. Harrington's responsibilities included crisis intervention as well as specialized service delivery to patients being treated for HIV/AIDS. Ms. Harrington developed and implemented a formal protocol to provide social service intervention to both the inpatient and outpatient population with HIV-related diagnoses and their families.

   

PETER KIMBALL – Counselor
LABBB Collaborative
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Peter Kimball, MA, LMHC has been a Counselor at LABBB for 25 years and was also was the Clinical Coordinator for the past 10 years. He is certified in Reality Therapy through the William Glasser Institute. He has presented at numerous counseling conferences and workshops throughout the state as well as staff inservices and parents groups. An avid sports fan, Mr. Kimball has been coaching at the high school level for over 35 years.

   

BERNARD LECLERC – Counselor and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program (CPI) Instructor
LABBB Collaborative
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Mr. Leclerc works as a Counselor for the LABBB Program in Bedford and Burlington at both the middle school and high school levels. He began working at LABBB in 1986 and has worked in various capacities and locations in both academic and vocational settings. His academic credentials include a M.S. degree in Counseling from Fitchburg State, a Master of Theology degree (M.Th.) from Laval University in Quebec, and a B.A. in Politics from Assumption College in Worcester.

   
   

Andrew G. Oltsch – Planning Facilitator
LABBB Collaborative
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Andrew G. Oltsch is Planning Facilitator at the LABBB Lexington High School campus. He received a BA degree in English from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BSN in Nursing from University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is certified in Reality Therapy, and is a Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Instructor.

Prior to joining the staff of LABBB, he worked for over 24 years at McLean Hospital, the final 5 years as a nurse in the Psychotic Disorders Program. He began work at LABBB in the Middle School Program in 1996 and transferred to his present responsibilities in 2002. In classroom instruction and in planning-related interactions with students, he has created original illustrations of social and behavioral situations to aid in leading students toward improvement.

   
   

KELLY SEXTON – Counselor and Social Worker
LABBB Collaborative
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Ms. Kelly Sexton MSW, LICSW is a Social Worker/Counselor for the LABBB Collaborative at Lexington High School but also consults to other LABBB programs as needed. Ms. Sexton earned a Master of Social Work and from Boston College in 2001 and is certified as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Prior to working for LABBB, Ms. Sexton worked as a Social Worker at the Department of Children and Families assisting families with child abuse and neglect.

Ms. Sexton also worked as a Social Worker at a residential treatment facility specializing in the treating children with Reactive Attachment Disorder and at Boston Children’s Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Ms. Sexton has extensive experience working with students with various challenges, including PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, developmental disabilities, and serious medical issues.

   

ERIN SULLIVAN – Counselor
LABBB Collaborative
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Erin Sullivan, LMHC is a counselor for the LABBB Collaborative program at Lexington High School. Ms. Sullivan earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and is both a certified Guidance Counselor and School Adjustment Counselor. In addition to working at LABBB, Ms. Sullivan also runs social skills groups for special needs children at Learning Solutions in Norwood and is involved in Bullying Prevention Programming in the town of Westwood.

Prior to working at LABBB, she worked with children who had been exposed or been witness to domestic violence. Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have ADHD/ADD, Depression, PTSD, Developmental Disabilities, and various other psychiatric disorders.

   

Elisa Brown - MS, BCBA
LABBB Collaborative
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Ms. Elisa Brown, MS, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who supports our teams at Chenery Middle School, Lexington High School, and Burlington High School. She also consults to several of our families who have home behavioral programs. As a behavior analyst for LABBB, Ms. Brown consults with classroom teachers to support behavioral services and assists with developing data collection systems. In the home setting, Ms. Brown provides parent training and behavioral consultation

Ms. Brown earned a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Additionally, she holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina University. Prior to working for LABBB, Ms. Brown worked as a special education teacher in a middle school and high school implementing the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). During that time, she completed coursework toward her certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, through Fitchburg State College. Ms. Brown has extensive experience working with students with developmental disabilities, medical disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder who exhibit severe challenging behaviors.

   

Kaitlin Taylor, M.S., BCBA
LABBB Collaborative
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Ms. Kaitlin Taylor, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who supports our elementary programs and does home consultation. As a behavior analyst at LABBB, Ms. Taylor consults with classroom teachers to identify challenging behaviors and develop effective intervention strategies. In the home setting, Ms. Taylor provides parent consultation and training as well as supervision for direct service staff members. Ms. Taylor earned her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concencentration in Elementary Education from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Prior to working at LABBB, Ms. Taylor worked as a Behavior Analyst for a private company, specializing in one to one instruction based in the principles of applied behavior analysis in the home and school settings. She has also worked in a variety of school settings emphasizing social skills and executive functioning skills training. She has experience working with students with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, social-emotional disabilities, and medical disabilities.

   
   
   

Jena Falconi, M.S., BCBA
LABBB Collaborative
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Mrs. Jena Falconi, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who supports our team at Memorial Elementary School. As a behavior analyst, Mrs. Falconi consults with classroom staff to identify and assess behaviors to change, develop effective behavior intervention strategies, and establish data collection systems. In addition to working in the school, Mrs. Falconi supports the Home Services team by providing parent consultation and training to families as well as supervision of direct service staff.

Mrs. Falconi earned her Masters of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to working for LABBB Collaborative, Mrs. Falconi provided home services through a private agency. She also worked in both private and public school settings, providing direct service as well as teacher and parent consultation. Mrs. Falconi has experience working with students who have developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, medical disabilities, and emotional and behavior disorders. She is dedicated to helping each student reach their fullest potential by reducing challenging behaviors, increasing advantageous behaviors and strengthening their independence!