ACT Logo
Title Bar

Index
Consultant Information
Region(s) Served
Profile of Cilents Served
Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism
Education
Formal Coursework/Programs Specific to Autism
Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (academic and workplace)
Professional Experience
Publications & Presentations
Snapshot of Practice as Professionals Working with Individuals with Autism
Description of fee schedule
References

Consultant Information

 

Title:

Dr

Last Name:

Jacobsen

First Name

Suzanne

Profession:

Clinical Director

Agency Affiliation:

ABA Learning Centre

Street Address:

#100 - 21320 Gordon Way

City:

Richmond

Province/State:

British Columbia

Postal Code/Zip Code:

V6W 1J8

Telephone: (including area code)

604-232-4122

Fax: (including area code)

604-232-9515

E-mail:

drsjacobsen@abacentre.ca or drsjacobsen@telus.net

Website:

www.abacentre.ca

arrow Top

Region(s) Served

 

Fraser

X

Interior

 

Vancouver Coastal

X

Vancouver Island

X

North

X

Areas served within region(s)

Surrey, Langley, Delta, Sunshine Coast, North and West Vancouver, and other areas in the Lower Mainland; Parksville, Qualicum, Nanaimo; Ft. St. John; Grand Forks


Profile of Clients Served:

Preschoolers

Ages 6 -12

Ages 13-18

 

Asperger's Syndrome

X

X

X

 

Rett's Syndrome

 

 

 

 

Autism (Autistic Disorder)

X

X

X

 

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

 

 

 

 

Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

X

X

X

 


Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism

 

Individual assessment, establishing goals and priorities for treatment

X

Overall design of an individualized intervention program

X

Development of specific teaching strategies/programs

X

Training of interventionists and/or parents

X

Supervision of data collection and analysis, monitoring progress

X

Behavioural consulting, designing and supervising interventions for challenging behaviour

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising language and communication programs

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to motor skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to activities of daily living

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to sensory problems

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to teaching social skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach academic skills

X

Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach vocational and job skills  

Family or individual counselling

X

Community training sessions and workshops

X

Other services  
arrow Top

Education (specify area of study)

 

 

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates

Name of Institution

Year Degree Obtained

Ed.D., Education/Psychology/Special Education

University of British Columbia, Vancouver
(604) 822-2211

1990

M.A. Education/Psychology/Reading Specialist

California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
1.909.869.7659

1977

B.Sc. Social Sciences/Psychology

California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
(1-909-869-7659)

1973

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

Behaviour Analyst Certification Board
Metro Building - Suite 102 - 1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32308-3796)

2003
A. Formal Coursework/Programs Specific to Autism
 
Applied Behaviour Analysis Principles & Methods
Behavioural
Assessment & Measurement
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development
and/or Speech Language Development
 
Full Course
Partial
Course
Full
Course
Partial
Course
Full
Course
Partial
Course
Full
Course
Partial
Course
University Graduate level coursework
X
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
University Undergraduate coursework
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
College coursework  
X
 
X
 
X
X
 
Certificate Programs (e.g, Douglas College Autism Specialty)
         
Other Courses (e.g., Hansen; describe) Hanen - It Takes Two To Talk, Basic Sign Language Course, RDI Introductory Workshop, SCERTS Workshops, Ethics in Behaviour Analysis, ADOS, and ADI-R Training and Refresher Courses
arrow Top

B. Supervised Practical Training Related
to Autism (academic and workplace)

 

1. Working directly with children with autism

Practicum/Internship

BCBA Practicum (9 months, 20 hours week) Supervisor Stacey Enfield,
Portland, Oregon

Employment/Practice-Related

Psychology Internship (2000 hrs total) Sunny Hill Health Centre, Supervisor, Dr. Linda Eaves and UBC Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic


2. Developing Treatment Plans
and Programs

 

Practicum/Internship

BCBA Practicum Supervisor Stacey Enfield, Portland, Oregon

Employment/Practice-Related  

3. Behavioural Measurement, Data Collection and Analysis

 

Practicum/Internship

BCBA Practicum Supervisor Stacey Enfield, Portland, Oregon

Employment/Practice-Related  

4. Functional Behaviour Assessment and Designing Behaviour Support Plans

 

Practicum/Internship

Requirement of BCBA Practicum, Supervisor: Stacey Enfield, Portland, Oregon

Employment/Practice-Related

 


5.Teaching,Training and Supervising Others

 

Practicum/Internship

Teaching Graduate Courses at UBC during doctoral and post-doctoral studies, Supervisor: Dr. Julie Conry

Employment/Practice-Related

On an ongoing basis, I provide supervision of program staff of ABALC and GABA programs.

I am also currently providing supervision and mentoring to eight UBC students in preparation for their application for BCBA or BCABA. I have supervised two prior individuals who successfully completed their BCBA/BCABA exam.

arrow Top

Professional Experience:

 

I have worked with children and families with autism in a variety of roles over the last 30 years, as a reading specialist, providing assessments for diagnosis and programming; as a psychologist, providing parent and adolescent counseling; and as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, overseeing intensive behavior intervention programs using the techniques of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Throughout my career I have done extensive work with First Nations families and schools and with many ESL families in completing assessment, doing functional assessments, developing intervention plans and collaborating with other professionals serving the families. 


Snapshot of Your Philosophy and Approach to Working with Individuals and Families with Autism

 

I am committed to supporting families by providing services to address their unique needs. At ABALC, we provide intensive intervention using applied behavior analysis following B.F. Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior. This approach focuses on positive interactions with the child by engaging him or her in social play, teaching fundamental skills in the natural environment and through intensive teaching (discrete trial teaching), and providing high levels of reinforcement and praise to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the child.

We use the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised  (ABLLS-R) as a curriculum guide, and design individual child programs based on the ABLLS-R objectives. We incorporate a range of proven techniques and activities demonstrated to be effective in teaching children and encouraging their development. We have been providing verbal behavior intervention programs for 5 years in British Columbia. We are committed to continuing our own knowledge and skills and participate in current workshops and conferences to ensure we are well informed regarding the ongoing evolution of ABA and effective interventions for children with autism and other complex developmental disabilities.

Professional Development Activities:

 
  • Regularly participate in workshops and training sessions to maintain current knowledge and skills regarding medical and intervention developments in the field of autism
  • Completion of course requirements and practicum to qualify to take and pass the BCBA examination.
  • Participation in 37 days of training in the verbal behavior approach working with Dr. Vince Carbone and his associates.
  • Participant in ongoing development and presentation of many workshops and training sessions and materials.
  • Participant on a variety of Provincial committees involved in discussing and advocating for services for children with autism and their families.

Publications and Conference Presentations

 
  • Taking the Fear Out Of ABA (multiple sites) 2005 - 2007
  • The Assessment of Language and Learning (Vancouver) 2006 - 2007
  • Hands on Verbal Behaviour (Vancouver) 2006 - 2007
  • ABALC Hands-On Training Workshops, Richmond & Vancouver 2006
  • Toilet Training Children with ASD, Kamloops 2006
  • Provincial Outreach Program Professional Course (N. Van.) 2000
arrow Top

Description of fee schedule

 

Dr. Jacobsen’s rate set by College of Psychologists, $150.00 an hour. Fees for ABALC program staff vary with the  level of education, training and experience. For new program development, initial set-up fee covers administration of ABLLS, program development, Initial Treatment Plan (ITP) for MCFD, training of interventionists, and some materials for program implementation. Monthly fees are charged for actual hours of work in providing program and vary according to the unique needs, budget and requests of each individual family.


References (Academic, Clinical, Family)

 

Parent and professional references available upon request via admin@abacentre.ca

arrow Top