Leslie Binyon, LCSW

Therapeutic Support Coach, Butterfly Program
Therapeutic Support Coach

Leslie Binyon, LCSW, graduated in 2014 from University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work, with a Master's in Social Work, and is also a licensed clinical social worker by the State of Texas. She earned her clinical license in April 2018 after two years of clinical supervision and examination.

She pursued a clinical track during her graduate studies and is experienced and interested in the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in adults and children. She also has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with and treating persons with developmental differences, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability.

Her interest in these neurological differences stemmed from acceptance and completion of a year-long training fellowship, LoneStar LEND, Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, through the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas.

During her time in LEND, she observed at 40 medical, clinical, and community sites that provide service and treatment to persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities and disorders. Though this was a highly valuable experience, it highlighted to her the need for a holistic environment that incorporated the values of social work, particularly person-in-environment and empowerment approaches, into teaching and treating children with ASD.

She found that place in The Monarch School, where she was afforded the opportunity to tour as part of her LEND experience. She identified its model and atmosphere as providing the appropriate environment and intervention to children and their families and sought to have her final year field placement with their Chrysalis or Butterfly programs.

She was accepted into the Butterfly program as a Therapeutic Support Coach intern in 2013, where she provided therapeutic intervention and support in the classroom, both in exclusive ILP periods and in academic subjects, based on Monarch's four core goal model. After an internship in the Butterfly program, Leslie was hired as a Professional Educator in the Chrysalis program for two years, working in the classroom with early-to-late adolescents, helping them to build independence in the four core goals and transition to the Butterfly program.

Following the invaluable experience she received in the Chrysalis classroom, Leslie was promoted to continue her therapeutic work as a Therapeutic Support Coach, returning to the Butterfly Program she started in. In 2017, she also became the Therapeutic Support Coach for the Bridging Program, continuing the work of supporting early adolescents in their work to increase their ownership of the four core goals and transition to the Butterfly Program. In 2018, she earned her clinical license and is excited to continue Monarch’s therapeutic mission in the Butterfly and Bridging Programs for her third year as a Therapeutic Support Coach.