First Step Counseling Center is the first therapy center to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) in Kuwait and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). The CAC designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and requires therapists and staff complete autism-specific training and certification to ensure they can better assist autistic patients.
“Here at First Step Counseling Center, we believe in professionality and ethical standards, to enrich therapies for our autistic patients and their families,” said Ali Khader, Managing Director of First Step Counseling Center. “Our IBCCES-certified therapists are committed to ongoing continuing education to ensure the future success of our autistic patients.”
First Step Counseling Center provides early intervention services, behavior therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Center staff assist patients of all ages to help them learn, grow and gain independence.
“IBCCES’ specialized programs will enable the First Step Counseling Center team to better understand and help their autistic patients. We’re excited they have taken these extra steps to become leaders in their field,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical experts and autism adults to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, and the latest research in these areas.
IBCCES also created CertifiedAutismCenter.com, as a free online resource for parents that lists certified locations and professionals. Each organization listed on the site has met the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.