Toronto School of Theology, Trinity College

Degree: Master of Divinity




University of Toronto

Degree: Bachelor of Arts








Clinical Member - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Approved Supervisor - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy





Clinical Internship - Toronto Institute for Human Relations

Clinical Internship - Toronto Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Divorce Mediation - McWhiney, Metcalfe and Associates, Toronto

E.M.D.R. Level I & II -  Certified Training, Toronto

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Level I & II – Recognized by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.

Divorce Mediation – Howard Irving and Michael Benjamin, University of Toronto

Emotional Freedom Technique, Niagara Training Institute





WillingSpirits Counselling & Consulting, Private Practice.

Individual, family and couple counselling, mediation, trauma recovery, critical incident stress debriefing, stress management and clinical supervision and training. Consultation on health and safety in the workplace, effective communication, ISO 9000 documentation and implementation, effective  management practices, conflict resolution, dealing with troubled employees and small office computerization, networking and web publishing.


April 1999 to

June 2001

Administrator, Family Services Durham, Department of Social Services, Region of Durham.Responsible for the leadership, visioning and administration of the marriage, family and individual therapy programs of the Family Services Durham Division and all programs associated with it: Adult Protective Services, Partner Assault Response contract with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Employee Assistance Plan contracts and the partnership with Durham Family Court Clinic to provide mediation services to the Unified Family Court. The current staff complement is 34, 29 of whom have degrees at the Master’s level


Feb 1988 to

Mar 1999

Co-ordinator, Family Services Durham, Department of Social Services, Region of Durham. Direct administrative and supervisory responsibility for nine full time and four part time family therapists and two support staff, situated in five offices.

Administrative duties included program development, strategic planning, budget preparation and execution, waiting list management, case assignments, regulation of a contract with the Ministry of Correctional Services, general office management, statistical and management reports for Regional Council, recruitment, policy development, and computerization of data collection.


Supervisory duties include weekly clinical supervision of family therapists, supervision of supervision of senior clinicians, Field Instructor for students of the School of Social Work, University of Toronto, field placement supervisor for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, staff training, and case consultation to other sections of the Department of Social Services.


Clinical responsibilities include a caseload of family, marital, and individual therapy, for a variety of presenting problems, including physical , emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as groups for men who have assaulted their spouse and for adult children of alcoholics.



1973 to 1988

Family therapist, Family Counselling Services, Department of Social Services, Region of Durham.

Primary responsibility consisted of a caseload of family, marital, individual, and group therapy. Group work consisted of treatment groups for men who had assaulted their spouse, parent education groups, groups for adolescents leaving home, groups for single parents, and long term therapy groups for adults.

As Senior Clinici     As Senior Clinician,  duties also included clinical supervision of staff, supervision of students from the School of Social Work, University of Toronto, staff training, consultation with community agencies, development and presentation of stress management seminars to the Social Services Department and community employers and agencies.





Chief of Administrative Services, Unemployment Insurance Commission, Oshawa, Ontario. Duties included personnel services for over one hundred staff, office management, budget preparation and administration.


1969 to


Business Manager, Legendrama Productions Limited, Toronto

Responsibilities included financial management, budget preparation, job costing and limited audio-visual production.


1968 to


Auditor, Glendinning, Jarrett, Gould, and Company, Toronto

As a Chartered Accountant student, duties included auditing of and preparation of financial statements, cost accounting, budget preparation and analysis, and completion of the course of study and examinations for the first year of the Chartered Accountant degree.




Luke’s Place, Board Member, A developing resource centre for abused woman facing challenges in custody or access disputes.



2001 to present

Panel Member of the Durham Region Area Committee of Legal Aid.



2001 to present

Woman Abuse Response Committee: A project funded by the Trillium Foundation to establish a mechanism for monitoring the community organizations that provide services to abused women and their children: police, courts, counselling agencies and others.



1997 to 2001

Community Coalition on Custody and Access: A group representing many community agencies that is attempting to make changes in their responses to abused women and their children that promote their safety and enhance their well being.



1989 to 1995

Community Advisory Board, Whitby Mental Health Centre, Vice-Chair of the Board (Appointment by the Minister of Health); Chair of the Community Involvement and Co-ordination Committee; Chair, Public Relations Committee.



1987 to 1996

Woman Abuse Protocol Committee, Violence Prevention Council of Durham Region.



1985 to 1992

Pineridge Family Counselling Assistance Centre, Treasurer



1990 to 1991

Child Abuse Review Team, Chair, Durham Region



1984 to 1987

Violence Prevention Council of Durham Region, Treasurer



1974 to 1987

Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Board Member



1980 to 1981

Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, President






Over 100 Workshops developed and presented in a variety of settings, including the following:


* A.A.M.F.T  approved course on Family Therapy

* A.A.M.F.T. approved supervision groups

* Annual Conference - Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

* Annual Conference - Western Conference on Family Practice

* Annual Conference - Canadian Association for the Treatment and Study of the Family

* Annual Conference - Guelph Conference on Human Sexuality

* Annual Conference - One Parent Family Association

* Annual Conference - Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services

* Annual Conference - Private Home Daycare Association of Ontario

* Annual Conference - Ontario Association of Family Service Agencies

* Guest Lecturer - Fanshawe College, London

* Guest Lecturer - Durham College

* Trainer - Native Inter-agency Council, Toronto

* Workshops and seminars for a variety of community agencies, school boards, employers, and community  self help groups.