Licensure and Training

I hold a Master of Social Work degree (Clinical Specialization, 2010) from the University of Calgary, and completed all requirements including the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Board Exam for Clinical Licensure in 2016. I maintain full professional membership with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW), the British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors, and Therapists (AASECT). I also maintain Associate Membership with the Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care (CANAC).

Scope of practice

The Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) designation recognizes advanced practice skills in mental health and clinical social work, typically counselling and psychotherapy, human development, and mental health disorders. RCSW’s may undertake clinical social work which means the application of:

(a) clinical mental health knowledge and theories; and

(b) the independent use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association, in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders and conditions, for the sole purpose of providing advanced intervention to enhance personal, interpersonal and social functioning.

Additional Training

  • Existential Analysis Psychoanalytic Training (Current), Existential Analysis Society of Canada through the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (GLE-International) and the International Society for Existential Analytical Psychotherapy (ISEAP)

  • Applied Approaches and Advanced Issues in Sexuality, University of Guelph

  • Post-Graduate Sex Therapy Certificate Program, California Institute for Integral Studies

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), British Columbia School of Professional Psychology

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyassa Yoga, Karma Teachers Centre for Yoga and Meditation

  • 34 Hour Vipassana (Insight) Meditation training with Steve Armstrong, Westcoast Dharma Society

  • DSM 5 Assessment Training, Justice Institute of BC

  • Monthly Professionals group for therapists who work with gay men, Health Initiative for Men

  • Masculinities and Prevention of HIV, Fundación Contrasida, El Salvador

  • Motivational Interviewing Series, Alberta Provincial Training

  • Advanced Intensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training with Dr. David Burns

  • 5th Annual Mental Health and Addiction Research Showcase, Banff, Alberta

  • Healing the Residential School Wounds, Nechi Institute