Caymanian earns behaviour analyst certification

| 09/01/2019
CNS Local Life

Samantha Sampang-McCoy

(CNS Local Life): Samantha Sampang-McCoy has become the first Caymanian to earn Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) credentials. The BCBA is a graduate-level certification in behaviour analysis whose holders are qualified independent practitioners who provide that service. Sampang-McCoy joined The Wellness Centre in 2013 as an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist in which the scientific principles of learning and motivation are used to effectively teach children.

Before starting at the centre, she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and health studies at the University of Toronto. In 2015 she headed to Endicott College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a master’s degree in special education and applied behaviour analysis, said a press release.

“I am beyond proud of Samantha. She’s a pioneer in the field of ABA in the Cayman Islands,” said Wellness Centre Director Shannon Seymour.

With the BCBA qualification, Sampang-McCoy takes on the role of clinical case manager, Seymour explained in the press release, adding, “Samantha is a role model for our entire team, particularly our young Caymanians who see in her that anything is possible with hard work and belief in yourself.”

Sampang-McCoy said she looked forward to spreading more awareness, collaborating with other professionals in the field and supporting families within our islands. “I want to thank the Wellness Centre, my parents Desiree Jacob and Frank McCoy, and the many other family and friends for their continued support along the way,” she said in the press release. “With the right support network and dedication, anyone on these islands can achieve their goals.”

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