Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Arbor Educational and Clinical Consulting (est. 2006) is under the direction of Denise Buote, B.A., B.Ed. (U.B.C.), M.A. (U of Chicago) and Ph.D. (U.B.C).
In B.C., Denise has worked in the public school system as a teacher in French Immersion, general elementary classroom, a learning resource centre and a school district program for children with learning, emotional and behavioral challenges. She has also worked as a social worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
In the US, Denise worked as a special education teacher, milieu therapist and individual therapist in a long-term residential treatment centre for children and adolescents who suffer from significant mental health issues as result of trauma and neglect. In addition, she spent time working as an individual therapist in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry unit at a large urban hospital. In Vancouver, she has a small private practice working with children, youth and families.
Denise has been an undergraduate and graduate lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (focus on child and youth development and special education) and was Acting Research Director in the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Division for Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation during 2007-2008. She has an extensive research and evaluation background specializing in various aspects of child, youth and adult education, mental health, health promotion, and well-being.
Denise has provided numerous workshops and intensive training sessions in Canada and abroad for schools and community organizations. These workshops and intensive training opportunities are created to meet the educational goals of organizations.
Memberships include the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (registered clinical counsellor), Ministry of Education (certified teacher), Canadian Evaluation Society (credentialed evaluator), and the American Evaluation Association.
Given the diversity and scope of projects, other collaborators are included on the project team as needed. This includes complementing the team with consultants who have specific content, language and technical skills.