Clinical Case Supervisors provide on-going supervision and parent training to develop the child’s intervention program. Minimally, supervisors have a master’s degree in psychology or a related field; have three or more years of clinical experience working directly with children; and use developmental, relationship-based, behavioral interventions to address the child’s developmental needs in the home, school and/or community.
Esther Arnold, M.A.
Esther has a Master of Arts in Teaching with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 18 years experience working with children with various developmental disabilities. She conducts training workshops for Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) to support staff in maintaining the care, welfare, safety and security of our clients.
Clarissa Cota, M.A.
Clarissa has a Master of Arts in Psychology and is a licensed practitioner with Yoga for the Special Child. She has over 15 years experience working with children and young adults with disabilities. Clarissa has specific experience with early intervention and applying FloorTime strategies in schools and home settings. Her passion for yoga has inspired her to incorporate yogic practices such as breathing and mediating into her work with children and families.
Trinh Hong, M.S.W., P.P.S.C.
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW #60597
Case Supervisor/Trainer/Program Coordinator
Trinh has a master’s in Social Work and a background in research, staff development and behavior with more than 15 years of experience in managing behavior programs for children and families in both the school and home settings. She has a passion for integrating technology and program development as well as creating treatment programs that implement behavior strategies within a developmental framework. In addition to clinical case supervision, she provides the general staff development workshops and the behavior modification training series.
Melinda Martinez, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Melinda has nearly 20 years of experience working with individuals and their families, including those with ASD and other developmental disabilities. In her work with clients, she focuses on supporting individual differences and helping families strengthen relationships. Her educational background consists training in communicative disorders, anti-biased practices, human development, cultural differences and systems-based practices. Melinda also has extensive experience with DIRFloortime®. At VHAP, Melinda provides case supervision, parent training and staff trainings.
Isabel Ossa, M.A.
Isabel has a master’s in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She has a range of experience working with young children and adults who have special needs, providing services at both home and school. Using an integrative approach, she focuses on the system that the individual is in to facilitate his/her development.
Deborah Spengler, M.S.
Registered Associate MFT, AMFT #105416
Deborah received her master’s in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She has worked within the Los Angeles Unified School District and in home programs for over 17 years. She uses an integrative approach with a focus on relationships to help individuals and families achieve their goals. Deborah is particularly passionate about supporting alternative communication and is working to broaden the current understanding and perspective of non-speaking, individuals with autism.
Cheryl Umali, M.A., B.C.B.A.
Cheryl has a master’s in Educational Therapy with a strong background in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 16 years of experience working with children with special needs in the San Fernando Valley. Cheryl conducts training workshops and adaptive skills assessments.