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Deborah M. McGrew, Psy.-D, BCBA-D, LMFT

McGrew Behavior Services (MBIS) helps families, organizations, and health care providers in Northern California. Their knowledge and experience provide the specialized support people need when overcoming behavioral challenges. Deborah has been working with Pace Solano for well over a decade. Her vast knowledge, and ability to connect with both staff and individuals served, has been instrumental in developing behavior programs that meet the needs of individuals we support.


Karen McCrary, BCBA

There are 2 important moments in your life; the day you were born and the day you found out why. — Mark Twain 

Karen McCrary discovered her purpose in life in 2009 when she began working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Her commitment to this unique population began with school aged children and over the years has expanded to include individuals from 18 months to 65 years of age. In 2013, Karen became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), allowing her to develop individualized treatment plans for clients needing a wide range of communication, self-help, and behavioral supports. Karen’s focus is on skills that support living in the least restrictive environment possible, leading to more productive and satisfying lives. Karen has provided behavior support services through a number of state, local, and private agencies. Her strength lies is her collaborative spirit, which enables her to successfully work with the multifaceted challenges found in the special needs community. 


This course teaches a deeper understanding and appreciation for what it means to provide person-centered services using a very practical tool (i.e. ourselves). What would be important for a prospective program to know about you, if you were the individual looking for services? This course will highlight how complex we are as individuals, how important our legal rights are, and how to begin using person-centered principles when providing services.


This class emphasizes that once we develop services unique to the individuals we serve; there is less dependence on behavior modification programs, because previously unwanted behaviors will naturally decrease. If you would like additional information regarding Person-Centered Services please contact Doniese Roberts directly at

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