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Important Information for Parents

Earlier this year, ACT contacted all behaviour consultants on the Registry for Autism Service Providers (RASP) and asked them to provide us with information about their qualifications. We made this request because some consultants had provided little supporting information when they initially applied to the predecessor of the RASP – the QSPL – when it was managed by another agency. We sent our request via registered letter to ensure that it would reach each consultant.

Most of the consultants responded with full information, and we are grateful for their co-operation. A minority either did not respond or were not able to provide the documentation that is now required to be included on the RASP.

As ACT is committed to being transparent in our communication with parents of children with ASD, we have decided to share this information by creating a separate RASP listing for those consultants we consider to be “grandfathered”; that is, they are on the RASP because they were on the previous list of service providers that we inherited, but would not qualify for the RASP if they were to apply today. The individual reasons for designating a consultant as “grandfathered” are included with each listing.   

It is important to stress that being placed on the grandfathered list does not mean that a behaviour consultant cannot provide a useful service. ACT does not have the ability to evaluate individual competence. Rather, our goal is to ensure that parents have as much information as possible so that they can make the best choice for their child. Parents will still be able to contract with professionals on the grandfathered list, but should do so with the full understanding that they have not adequately documented their ability to provide behaviour consulting services independent of supervision.  

Those included on the grandfathered list fall into the following three categories (this information is also included with each listing):

  1. No Documentation of Academic Degrees

Before ACT adds a degree to a professional’s name on the RASP, we require a copy of the academic diploma or other documentary evidence of degree completion. We are particularly concerned about those behaviour consultants whom we inherited from the previous managers of this service who, despite repeated requests, have never documented their qualifications by submitting copies of their degrees to ACT.

We believe that parents should know which professionals have provided documentation of their degrees and those who have not. We strongly advise parents to verify the credentials of any behaviour consultant they are planning on hiring who has not provided ACT with this documentation.

  1. Not Supervised by a Master’s-Level Behaviour Consultant

There are some consultants on the grandfathered list who would not be added to the RASP today because they only have a Bachelor’s-Level degree and are not supervised by someone with a Master’s degree. In the field of autism treatment it is widely accepted that a minimum of a Master’s-Level degree in a relevant field is required for a behaviour consultant to practice independently. Consultants with a Bachelor’s degree can still provide useful services, but they are expected to do so under the professional supervision of an experienced and more fully qualified colleague. All non-grandfathered consultants with a Bachelor’s degree who are on the RASP are supervised by a Master’s-level behaviour consultant.

  1. Specialization within Academic Degree Not Relevant to Autism Treatment

There are certain academic degrees which are not considered either relevant or sufficient for providing autism treatment to children under six, such as degrees in counseling psychology or play therapy. Others may have degrees in education or psychology but with no focus on autism treatment. It may be, however, that professionals who began their careers in one field have taken additional training to expand their expertise in autism. In those cases, where a professional can provide evidence of substantial professional development or further certification in an area related to autism treatment, they can remain on the main RASP if they are at a Master-level. (In the two years that ACT has been managing the RASP, we have repeatedly advised behaviour consultants of the need to upgrade their qualifications to keep pace with the rapid developments in the field of autism; many have done so.)

Grandfathered Behaviour Consultants
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Amy, Linda - Behaviour Consultant
Bachelor of Science - Psychology
Little Steps Therapy Services
1088 Meares Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3J6
Tel: (250) 386-1171
Email: linda@littlesteps.ca
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: Not supervised by a Master’s-level
behaviour consultant.

Belfie, Barbara Vivian - Behaviour Consultant
Master of Education - Counselling
Suite 6 – 3105 30th Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2C4
Tel: (250) 260-8458
Fax: (250)-545-9862
E-mail: bvbelfie@shaw.ca
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: Specialization within academic degree not relevant to autism treatment of children under six

Browne, Julie - Behaviour Consultant
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Asterion Behavioural Consulting
101- 651 Dobson Rd.
Duncan, BC V9L 2L8
Tel: (250) 686-4647
E-mail: asterionbehaviouralconsulting@hotmail.com
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: No supervisor at a Master’s level.

Cohen, Doug- Behaviour Consultant
2300 - 2850 Shaughnessy
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6K5
Tel: (604) 759-9710
Fax: (604) 759-9710
Email: douglas_cohen@telus.net
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List:  No documentation of academic degrees.

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Davis, Shelly - Behaviour Consultant
1669 - 2 Hollendbeck Avenue, #110
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Tel: (650) 634-9940
Fax: (408) 358-1568
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List:  No documentation of academic degrees.

Hamaguchi, Ken Behaviour Consultant
Bachelor of Arts
Hamaguchi Consulting Services
5600 Woodpecker Drive
Richmond, BC V7E 5A8
Tel: (604) 723-7245
Fax: (604) 275-9670
E-mail: hcservices@shaw.ca
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: Not supervised by a Master’s-level
behaviour consultant.

Hyatt, Julie-Ann - Behaviour Consultant
Bachelor of General Studies
Site 2 - Comp. 1 RR#1
Winlaw, B.C. V0G 2J0
phone: (250) 226-7909
fax: (250) 226-7303
email: jahyatt@telus.net
Serving all ages in East & West Kootenays, Boundary and Revelstoke
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: No supervisor at a Master’s level.

Ijaz, Saima - Behaviour Consultant {View Profile}
Intensive Solutions
9207 - 106th Avenue
Fort St. John, BC V1J 2N5
Tel: (250) 261-2929
Email: saima@intensivesolutions.org
Website: www.autismsolutions.info
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: No documentation of academic degrees.

Jurczak, Paula - Behaviour Consultant
Master of Arts - Counseling Psychology
Child and Family Counseling Services
Richmond, BC
Tel: (604) 836-7714
Fax: (604) 277-2434
E-mail: pcj@uniserve.com
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: Specialization within academic degree not relevant to autism treatment of children under six.

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Lumley, Bonnie - Behaviour Consultant
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society
#103 - 550 Carmi Ave.,
Penticton, BC V2A 3G6
Tel: (250) 492-0295
Fax: (250) 492-2164
Email: bonnie.lumley@osns.org
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: No supervisor at a Master’s level

Robinson, Thomas - Behaviour Consultant
Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd.
Box 1177
Houston, BC V0J 1Z0
Tel: (250) 845-3031
Fax: (250) 845-3080
E-mail: tomrob01@telus.net
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: No supervisor at a Master’s level

Simundson, Elizabeth Anne Behaviour Consultant
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Diploma in Education - Adult Education
Access Now
2377 Eardley Road
Campbell River, BC V9W 1L8
Tel/Fax: (250) 923-6381
Email: accessnow@telus.net
Reason for inclusion on the “Grandfathered” List: No supervisor at a Master’s level.

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RASP - Grandfathered List - updated August 23, 2007

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