When Sue Jackson was skating around roller derby rinks in Japan, Puerto Rico, and the United States with the New York Bombers and the Los Angeles T-Birds, she was unaware of the perception-building people skills that were being cultivated in preparation for her future in Family Therapy. Seven years of bumps and bruises, highs and lows, fame and dysfunction led Sue to recovery, education, and service. After years of experience in treating addicted families in hospitals, prisons, and rehabs, Sue’s “stage” has changed from circular and combative to solid and inspirational.
Susan Jackson has worked in the field of addiction for twenty-five years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of La Verne. She began her career working for the City of Chino as a gang interventionist and domestic violence counselor. While at Chino, she began working with substance abusing adolescents and their families. This experience, working with the addictive family system, led to her working at San Antonio Community Hospital on the Chemical Dependency Unit as the family counsel.
Susan worked for eight years on the Chemical Dependency unit for Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center and was promoted five years ago to Program Manager for the children and adolescent mental health and chemical dependency program, a total of thirteen years at Loma Linda. Recently Susan joined His House and New Creation as the Clinical Director. Working with the addicted family system is her passion. She is the proud mother of five wonderful children and has five amazing grandchildren.