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New RASP Profiles Available now!

Thanks to our recent profile initiative, we received nearly 30 new profiles from RASP Behavior Consultants. A number of these have been posted, and more are being added weekly!

For an update on the profile process see below.

New profiles include:

Katie Allen
Penny Berinbaum
Sharon Baxter
Hoa Chan
Brenda Fossett
Karen Kester
Robert Livingston
Carey Raemakers
Elizabeth Sparling
Heidi St. Pierre
Megan Symonds
Nicholas Watkins

Background on the Online Profiles
In the spring of 2008, ACT received a grant from the Ministry of Children and Family Development that allowed us to launch a campaign designed to boost the number of profiles on the RASP. We are very pleased to report that we have received nearly 30 new profiles from behavior consultants across B.C. A number of these profiles have been posted and more are being added weekly.

To view other profiles on the RASP, scroll through the Registry of Autism Service Providers until you see View Profile beside a name. Click on the link.

The Response from Families
While submitting a profile is completely voluntary, the feedback we have received strongly suggests that providing profiles benefits both families and behavior consultants. Families tell us that they appreciate having as much information as possible when it comes to the often daunting task of identifying the right service provider for their child. Behavior consultants have noted that they benefit by being able to engage in more substantive discussions with interested families who already have their basic information. Statistics from the ACT website demonstrate that the profiles are the most popular area on our busy website!

Information for Behavior Consultants
If you are a behavior consultant on the RASP, we want your profile, too! Even if you are not taking new clients at this time, just making the information available can greatly benefit families who are searching for the right behavior consultant for their child with ASD.

Please visit our Service Provider page to access the template and get started! We think you’ll find the process very easy to complete, thanks to a recent round of revisions designed to streamline and speed up the process. However, do be sure to read the Technical Requirements and Considerations and Tips for Completing an On-Line profile.

Information for Other RASP Professionals

We remain hopeful that we will be able to extend this important initiative to speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists when funding becomes available.

All those who submit profiles are required to agree to the following statement:

“I understand that the purpose of the collection, use and disclosure of this information is for placement on the ACT Autism Community Training Society website. I understand that the ACT website can be freely accessed by anyone with internet access. Whenever I request changes in my profile information, I am consenting to have this posted within my profile on the website.

I acknowledge that I have obtained permission of past or present supervisors, and referees to use their names in my profile. ACT reserves the right to verify information and check references before posting. I acknowledge that ACT reserves the right to remove a profile from the website at our discretion, at any time and without notice. ACT does not represent that the information posted in the profiles is true and accurate; we encourage parents to independently verity information.”

Completing the On-Line Profile – Technical Requirements and Considerations
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  • You must complete all required fields on the first page of the profile in order to move to succeeding pages.
  • You can create Word files for some sections and copy and paste the information into the profile.
  • Avoid closing your web browser while you are working on the profile; you will likely lose most of the data.
  • When you have completed the form, hit the "submit" button and the profile will be sent to ACT's main data base.
  • It will then be forwarded to Jackie Brown, RASP Coordinator, for review prior to posting on the web. She will contact you as necessary regarding revisions, and will send you a draft for approval prior to posting.
  • We recommend that you save a copy of the profile for your files. Here are the steps:
    1. Before you hit "submit", click on the "Printer Friendly Format" button and then "Save as". A window will open that will ask if you want to save or open the document. Choose “Save.”
    2. Save the document (which will be a rich text file) on your hard drive; you may then save it as a .doc file if you wish.
    3. Once you have saved, click on "Return to Form"
    4. Click on Submit

Tips for Completing an Effective Profile
ACT encourages all behavior consultants who have been accepted to the RASP to complete a profile. As you do so, please be sure to keep in mind the following important points:

  • Be clear, concise, and use plain language. Spell out acronyms; some parents may not be familiar with professional and/or technical language.
  • Be aware of word limits that pertain to certain sections.
  • Be sure to include the main phone number, if you work for an agency.
  • Be sure to specify areas of study for your BA, Masters, or Ph.D.
  • Do not include BCBA in the Education section unless you have received the actual certificate; as appropriate, include BCBA-related coursework in Section A: Formal Coursework/Programs (from Accredited Institutions) Relevant to Autism.
  • For the Professional Development section:
    • Limit listings to the top five workshops, courses, seminars, in-service, etc. that you have attended over the past 3 years.
    • Include name of presenter/instructor, topic, and year of event.
  • For the Your Presentations section:
    • List no more than five presentations you have made over the last three years.
    • Include location, date, and title of the presentation
    • If you decide to include published articles, be sure to provide full citation information.
  • For the Employment Experience section
    • List previous employers over the past 3 years
    • Include name of employer, location, and years worked for the company, agency, or organization.

IMPORTANT: If you have any questions about completing Part B, Supervised Practical Training, please contact ACT’s RASP Coordinator, Jackie Brown at jbrown@autismcommunitytraining.bc.ca Jackie works flexible hours and is available in the evening to provide support on completing profiles.




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