Associate Faculty (Victoria)
Over the past 15 years I have been teaching a wide variety of courses at City University both in the masters of counselling program and more recently in the education program.
In the past, I have worked as a clinical social worker, mental health worker, alcohol and drug counsellor, and family therapist in a teenage group home. I also worked in a clinical private practice with individuals, couples and families for approximately ten years. In addition I have worked on reserve in Indigenous Communities throughout British Columbia, and am a service provider for First Nations Healthy Authority.
In 2012 I embarked on a doctoral program at Taos Institute. My inquiry pertained to rural educational challenges. I focused in particular on how to foster a love of learning in a small coastal community in Mexico informed by a social/relational constructionist stance.
I see teaching as co-learning with students and hold the philosophy that each of us holds knowledge though some are “more knowledgeable others”, a term coined by Lev Vgotsky, in certain fields of knowledge. I see learning as a collaboration and involve students in many aspects of learning. I tend to teach from a experiential place.
In the masters of education program I have taught the theories course, the developmental course, the mental health course, and the family therapy course. I have also began to work with students on their capstone research projects.
- 1985-present: Self-Employed Counsellor
- 2002-2005: Community Developer, Jewish Family Services
- 2001-2002: Counsellor, Jewish Family Services
- 1999-2000: Mental Health Counsellor, Surrey Central Mental Health Clinic
- Ph. D in Humanities, Tilburg University, 2015
- Master of Social Work (Clinical), Wilfred Laurier University, 1980
- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), York University, 2015