In keeping with the RCAAS' commitment to training, the IOC prioritizes extending hands-on field experience opportunities to Rutgers University students.

In addition to a shortage of therapeutic settings that focus explicitly on providing treatment for adults with autism age 21+ who have dangerous, challenging behavior, there are no formal training pathways to educate practitioners from a range of disciplines (i.e., psychology, medicine, social work, etc.) in how to effectively work with this underserved population.

Preparing the next generation of practitioners

Along with providing direct-care, the IOC is designed to be a training site for Rutgers University students at all levels and disciplines. Over time, it is our hope that this approach will result in many more well-trained, well-prepared professionals working in a variety of settings to meet the needs of people on the spectrum with severe and complex challenging behavior.