McNeese Autism Program
We Change Lives
808 Blue and Gold Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70607
The McNeese State University Autism Program (MAP) is part of the McNeese Department of Psychology’s nationally recognized training program in applied behavior analysis. The focus of our program is on providing high-quality care: we maintain fairly small caseloads so we can develop and deliver specialized, individual treatment for each client we serve.
Our board-certified behavior analysts have extensive training and experience and are involved in every aspect of treatment each client receives, and our therapists are master’s degree level interns with extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many of these therapists completed the McNeese bachelor’s degree program in psychology and possess hands-on experience in research, treatment planning and service delivery in our program both as undergraduate and graduate students.
Here, students enrolled in the face-to-face program who live within the five-parish area secure an internship site placement at the McNeese Autism Program while working toward a Master of Arts in psychology degree with a concentration in applied behavior analysis, and complete coursework approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. Graduate students who complete the program requirements are eligible to sit for the the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) Examination and apply for state licensure. The on-campus graduate program prepares master’s level graduates to practice in community settings as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® and has received accreditation from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)®.
Close collaboration between MAP staff, interns and doctoral-level department faculty ensure our interventions reflect the highest standards of evidence-based practice and treatment delivery.