The Silver Lining Group

CARF Accredited Behavioral Health Services.



The Silver Lining Group is a nationally accredited, state certified, private behavioral health agency. The Silver Lining Group employs

research-based strategies aimed at maximizing the functioning and independence of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and other mental health disorders. 

The Silver Lining Group believes in a comprehensive support system for all clients, as well as readily accessible services to meet the current needs for the autism, developmentally disabled and mental health community. Our unique approach allows individuals to receive customized, integrated treatment from an incredible team of clinicians. Each client's individualized treatment goals are established in collaboration with the parents/guardian and IEP or ISP team. Staff members help empower each person served and their families to actively participate with the team to promote recovery, progress, or well-being. In addition to center-based treatment, the Silver Lining Group proudly offers several mental health services including Assessment and Diagnosis, Community Education, Outpatient Services, and Outreach Programs designed to support the ongoing needs of our community. 

"A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some fly faster, some fly harder, but they all fly the best they can. Each one is different, each one is beauiful, and each one is special."


Mission Statement:

It is the missions of the Silver Lining Group to help bring individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and mental health disorders to their highest potential by providing ongoing evidence based therapeutic treatment as well as training and supervision for families, providers and the community. 


The Silver Lining Group was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 2007. Silver Lining Group is an organization with the desire to bring quality services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and mental health disorders to needed areas and specializes in research-based treatments for children with autism.. 

Silver Lining Group currently has sites in Mansfield (2007), Cleveland (2009), Columbus (2012), and St. Clairsville (2012). We are excited about the opportunity to grow and serve the special needs community in these areas and look forward to future developments that meet the needs of our clients at both the state  and national levels.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensing: 

Silver Lining Group is a Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited behavioral health center. Silver Lining Group is a state certified Community Mental Health Agency. In addition, Silver Lining Group is an approved provider for the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program. 

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Ohio Department of Mental Health

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio Department of Education's Autism Scholarship Program 

University Affiliations: 

The Silver Lining Group welcomes students from universities who are completing their practicum and internship placements. Silver Lining Group has worked with the following colleges and universities on student placements:

Social Work:

The Ohio State University 

University of Louisville

Mount Vernon Nazarene University 


Purdue Global University: Applied Behavior Analysis

Special Education/Applied Behavioral Analysis:

Kaplan University Master of Psychology ABA Specialization

University of Dayton: Intervention Specialist 

Marriage and Family


Walden University 



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Kristen Wilcock, MS/BCBA/COBA acts as CEO and Full Partner of the Silver Lining Group. Wilcock is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a program surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University.  She trained at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, a Lovaas replication site, where she worked as a behavioral consultant and consultant trainer. In addition, Wilcock was the Co-Founder and Director of Step By Step Academy from 2001 through 2007. Step By Step Academy was the first private center-based program for children with autism in central Ohio. She co-founded the Silver Lining Group in 2007 and has developed the training program, treatment program, and all the policies and procedures for the organization. Wilcock has been working with individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health disorders since 1995. She is also the proud parent of an amazing young man who happens to be on the autism spectrum. Her career and son have led her to the role of advocating for individuals with disabilities at both the local and state levels. 

Michele Murphy acts as CFO and Full Partner of the Silver Lining Group. Michele Murphy received her degree in Health Care Services from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  Murphy co-founded the Silver Lining Group is 2007. Murphy oversees the financial and fiscal management aspects of company operations and the management of client records. She is currently working on becoming board certified as an Assistant Behavior Analyst.  Michele has been working with children with autism since 1999 and most recently has acted as the Clinic Director for Step By Step Academy, a center for children with autism in Columbus Ohio.