Christine Benedetti is not just a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst with over 17 years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA); she is a passionate advocate for helping individuals reach their full potential. With a broad clinical background, including roles in private practice, state agencies, and university research labs, Christine has touched the lives of many. Today, we delve deeper into her journey, her motivations, and her vision for the future as the founder of Modern Skills.
Q: Share with us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start Modern Skills?
Christine: I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. My journey into ABA began with my acceptance into the UNR Behavior Analysis Graduate School Program. The program opened a world of opportunities for me, blending my love for science with my passion for working with the community. After identifying gaps in behavioral services, especially for teens and adults, I founded Modern Skills in 2013. The joy of helping individuals overcome barriers and achieve their goals is unparalleled. Every day, I’m grateful for the chance to impact the lives of so many amazing neurodiverse individuals and their families.
Q: Describe the clients Modern Skills helps?
Christine: Modern Skills is for anyone eager to enhance their social skills. We cater to a diverse range of needs, from friendship and dating skills to work/life balance. Our sessions are tailored to both group and individual needs, ensuring everyone progresses at their own pace.
Q: What motivates you to help others?
Christine: The milestones achieved by our attendees are my biggest motivation. Empowering them with strategies to overcome doubts and social anxiety, combined with essential social skills, is a privilege I cherish.
Q: What’s the biggest misconception about social skills group therapy?
Christine: Many fear they won’t fit in or need to be extroverted. But our services are client-directed. We welcome everyone, including introverts, and focus on individual treatment goals. Social skills are essential for everyone, and we aim to provide that opportunity.
Q: Any advice for someone considering social skills group therapy?
Christine: Just give it a try! Our groups are welcoming and supportive. It’s a safe space to learn, grow, and have fun.
Q: Can you share a success story from Modern Skills?
Christine: One story close to my heart is of a young man who journeyed with us from elementary school to university. From wanting more friends in school to pursuing a career in sports journalism, he has achieved so much. His journey is a testament to the power of dedicated support and the right skills.
Q: Who would you consider your mentors, and what have you learned from them?
Christine: While I’ve been fortunate to learn from many brilliant practitioners, my children have been my greatest teachers. They’ve taught me the importance of being present, having fun, and the value of a supportive environment. They’ve enhanced my approach, making me a more compassionate and effective clinician.
Q: Being a pioneer in this field, what do you see on the horizon for what’s next?
Christine: I envision social skills training becoming integral to education for all. These skills are essential for everyone, regardless of age or background. It’s an opportunity everyone deserves.
Christine Benedetti’s journey is a testament to the power of passion and dedication. Through Modern Skills, she continues to make a significant impact, helping individuals navigate the complexities of social interactions and achieve their dreams. Her vision for a world where everyone has access to essential social skills training is inspiring and holds the promise of a more inclusive and understanding society.