Continuing Education and Community Engagement


Constructing Common Ground in Addiction Treatment Course with Chris Nicol

For those with limited experience in the addictions field seeking an increased understanding of addictions treatment and how to work more effectively with those challenged by addictions.

In the absence of consensus around what addiction is, what causes it, how best to treat it, and even what to call it, this course focuses on the common ground that we can all stand on when supporting those affected by problematic habitual behaviours. This certificate course is offered through CityU Canada’s continuing education programs and will help participants:

  • Explore popular concepts such as addiction,
    recovery, trauma-informed practice, and harm
  • Simplify the work by revealing its inherent complexities
    and linking theory to practice
  • Learn practical applications by applying foundational
    skills that facilitate supportive and effective therapeutic

Tuesday September 24, 2019 – Thursday September 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Register Here on Eventbrite

The certificate course is taught by Chris Nicol, MA, RCC. Chris has been working in mental health and addictions for over 20 years. Drawing on close to 15 years of lived experience, Chris began his career in the mid-90s working in a safe house with street-involved youth. He then shifted to working in Withdrawal Management with Vancouver Coastal Health, and in 2006 moved to a Concurrent Disorders Counsellor position at a community health centre in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. In addition to his current position as clinical supervisor for VCH’s inner city mental health and addictions counsellors, Chris has been teaching Motivational Interviewing and Addictions 101 workshops for front line staff in the downtown eastside.

For more information, view our flyer!


Coaching for Leaders in the Field of Education by Dr. Dwaine Souveny

* This course is postponed until Fall 2019.  We are sorry for any inconveniences! *
Are you interested in advancing your skills in Coaching? 
Do you hold a Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field?
Are you interested in taking your skills to a higher level?

If so, City University in Canada is pleased to be offering a continuing education course in coaching over two Saturdays in May, 2019. This course is focused on teachers, therapists, and any others who are working in the school system.

Coaching has been found to be a powerful tool used to assist individuals in developing their skills to reach their peak potential and enhancing their feelings of confidence, competence and success. This continuing education course and opportunity addresses the knowledge and skills of using executive/leadership coaching as a tool for educational leaders within schools and school systems.  During this course participants will learn to apply and utilize effective coaching techniques to identify goals and the reason for those goals, work through obstacles, recognize strengths and opportunities to achieve the goal, take the necessary steps and celebrate success. Topics will include the foundations for coaching, comparison of the different types and modalities of coaching, peak performance coaching and appreciative inquiry.

At the completion of this course, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Gain an appreciation of how cognitive coaching, instructional coaching and solution based positive psychology skills can be blended together to achieve successful outcomes
  • Understand coaching and how it can positively impact those who are being coached
  • Become skilled at using a coaching model that has been used effectively with educational administrators, teachers, consultants and students within regular and special education classrooms
  • Gain knowledge of the eleven core competencies of being an effective coach
  • Have opportunities for guided practice and feedback in the use of coaching skills, and
  • Receive additional opportunities for collaboration, communication and professional growth from each other in a rich learning environment


Saturday May 4, 2019 and Saturday May 11, 2019 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Register on our Eventbrite page!

About the instructors:

Mr. Dwaine Souveny is a certified professional coach and registered psychologist who has extensive experience working in not-for-profit agencies and school systems and supporting educational personnel, families and students. As a former executive director of a very successful education/early intervention agency, he is keenly aware of the incredibly positive impact coaching can have at the administrative and executive level for the well-being and growth of an organization. Dwaine has presented and provided training at regional, provincial and international conferences. His training has been described as dynamic and passionate as well as     informative and practical. His training has led to the  successful use of this coaching model in a number of school divisions throughout Alberta.

Dr. Heather Henderson is a certified executive coach and educational leader. As a past CASS member and the current Director of the MEd in Leadership for City University in Canada, Heather is aware of the importance of focused and open conversation including the need to use a coach-approach when working with individuals – senior staff, teachers, students, and community members. Heather values relationships and how they can be built and maintained with using a coaching approach, while encouraging others to use their voices.


Trauma-Informed Somatic Practice Certificate Course with Dr. Sharon Stanley

For mental health professionals or graduate students working with adults, teens, and children who have experienced trauma

The concept of trauma refers to the bodily-based response to overwhelming events. These reactions lie deeply in the primitive brain and are not easily shifted with logic and thoughts, it is necessary to directly access the dysregulated neural state to resolve the distress from trauma. This course will address the research theories and practices that support mental health clinicians including the Polyvagal Theory (Porges) and Regulation and Attachment Theories (Schore).

Over three days, we will learn to regulate the autonomic nervous system by exploring the utilization of six fundamental practices for healing trauma including: embodiment, somatic awareness, somatic empathy, somatic inquiry, a range of somatic interventions and somatic reflection.

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 – Wednesday, July 24, 2019  / 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • CityU Canada, 310 – 789 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • $549* per person / $499* per person for groups of three or more

*All proceeds from this Certificate Course provide funding for CityU’s Community Counselling Clinics in Vancouver and
Vancouver Island. In partnership with not-for-profit social service agencies, the CityU Community Counselling Clinics provide no fee, low barrier counselling services to those in need.

The certificate course is taught by Dr. Sharon Stanley, a psychotherapist, educator and writer who has integrated a number of somatic practices for healing trauma into an elegant, cohesive, relational and phenomenological model of psychotherapy, Somatic Transformation. At the core of Somatic Transformation is the practice of feeling into another’s inner world; a bodily based attunement, connectivity and inquiry that animates the intersubjective field and guides the use of somatic interventions and reflection. Sharon has taught this model to hundreds of practitioners over the past 20 years. Sharon continues to explore somatic ways of knowing, relating and psychological processing from a phenomenological perspective through the lenses of her own clinical practice, neuroscience and nature-based practices. In addition to her in-depth courses for practicing psychotherapists, Sharon has worked extensively with First Nations people in Canada, studied Afro-Brazilian practices of healing the residue of the trauma of slavery in Brazil and teaches professionals on Bainbridge Island. In 2016, Routledge published her book: Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past. (2016) Routledge.    

For more information, view our flyer.


Want to contact an advisor for our Canadian programs?

Click here.