Modified Cognitive Behavior Intervention (M-CBI)

Program Description

Modified Cognitive Behavior Intervention (M-CBI) is a client-centered program designed for TEENS AND ADULTS (AGES 15 THRU 40) WITH MILD intellectual disabilities and high-functioning individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and/or other related mental health needs, such as depression and anxiety. Identifying the mental health needs of people with developmental disabilities is crucial and often overlooked in most programs. This program is designed as a “focused approach” to behavior intervention for clients whose needs cannot be addressed through traditional counseling or standardized ABA programs that do not address mental health components. This program is client-centered and focuses on the client’s needs, strengths, and desires, and educates them about how to self-manage their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The program utilizes evidence-based practices and is structured and goal-directed. Weekly homework & modified self-collected data is an essential part of the program.

An assessment is needed to determine the client’s needs & eligibility, ensuring that the client meets the minimal entrance criteria. Sessions are 90 minutes in duration and meet once or twice a week at one of our centers.


This program can be funded through selective Regional Centers, I.E.P, or private pay.

Sample of Topics/Goals Covered:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Assertiveness Skills Training
  • Self Confidence
  • Coping Skills
  • Transition(s)
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Medication Management
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Social Skills
  • Social Perceptions
  • Self-care (Diet, Weight, and Hygiene)
  • Avoiding (things, people)
  • Independence
  • Anger Management
  • Dating & Companionship
  • Dealing with loneliness
  • Bullying
  • Suicidal and or homicidal ideations
  • Understanding and accepting the diagnosis
  • OCD Behaviors
  • Adaptive Skills
  • Time Management
  • Flexible Thinking
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