I have been working for over 20 years in Island Health as a clinician, leader, and practicum supervisor, and I am looking forward to being a part of the City University Team. My focus as a clinician was adult mental health and substance use counselling, and have also managed and developed a number of programs in this field, including intensive case management teams for marginalized populations, community medical detoxification, outpatient substance use counselling, and walk-in community mental health and substance use services. I have had the opportunity to provide onsite supervision to practicum students and enjoy supporting the growth and professional development of new counsellors. Prior to my work in Island Health, I worked in a variety of school settings as a youth and family counsellor.
I have a particular interest in workplace wellness and prevention of compassion fatigue and burnout.
- Secondary Traumatic Stress in Mental Health Clinicians (2002). Unpublished Master’s Thesis
- Sharman, K.D. (1999) Group Counselling for Young Children of Divorce: The Families,Feelings, and Fun Program. B.C. Counsellor 21(1).
I believe that teaching is a collaborative process that uses knowledge, experience and exploration of the self to create new processes. My role is to facilitate this process in a respectful, positive and dynamic setting.