Catherine Carr, D.Prof, M.Ed.
Catherine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Coach. She holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a Doctorate in Coaching and Leadership Development. Catherine has over 20 years of public sector and private practice experience as a therapist, consultant and trainer. She has worked across the mental health spectrum from doing front line emergency mental health work to consulting on challenging mental health issues. Her counselling background includes working with teens, adults, couples, families and groups. As a therapist, she believes that people are motivated to live their best lives through an encouraging balance of both acceptance and change. Catherine’s facilitation style is warm, engaging and dynamic.
Robbie Chesick, MA, RCC
Robbie is a registered clinical counsellor, holding a Master of Counselling degree as well as a Master of Arts degree. Her work experience includes private practice and community-based work where she provides counselling services for youth, adults and groups who struggle with mental health, addictions and trauma. In this capacity, Robbie has clinically supervised and provided structured trainings to graduate level interns. She believes that people have an innate ability to heal from suffering and regain their rightful sense of contentment, given the conditions of felt safety, respect for their unique wisdom, and provision of desired skills. She is an engaging facilitator who values interactive and informative learning experiences. She brings warmth, humour and clinical experience to her workshops.
Marnie Stickley, MSW, RSW
Marnie is a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work degree focused on collaboration between non-profit agencies and police. She has 22 years of direct client service in a collaborative practice with the Vancouver Police Department, providing client centered interventions in high lethality cases of family violence. Marnie’s clinical work is focused on individual empowerment and resiliency in the context of systemic intervention. She believes that through connection with others and access to knowledge we can all find a place of belonging both inside ourselves and in our communities. Marnie provides training to a wide range of audiences in the areas of trauma-informed crisis management, mental health, violence-prevention and family violence. She brings humor and energy to difficult topics and makes workshop material relevant and practical for a diverse range of audiences.
Alana Abramson, PhD, MA
Alana has extensive experience working in the areas of restorative justice, violence-prevention and conflict resolution, in justice, community and school settings. She holds a PhD in Criminology on the topic of transformational learning. Throughout her career, she has assisted in developing various initiatives involving elders, at-risk adults, people with disabilities, Indigenous communities, youth, former prisoners and victims and survivors. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a full-time faculty member in criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she continues to inspire and be inspired by students and diverse colleagues. Alana has additional experience in non-profit management, crisis intervention and community organizing. She believes in collaborative dialogue and life-long learning as a source of personal and social transformation. Alana is an engaging presenter who is passionate about her work, which allows her to easily facilitate ongoing learning for workshop participants.
Alison Granger-Brown, PhD
Alison has been working directly with violent offenders for 17 years in provincial and federal prison settings. She currently works with inmates described as the most difficult in the federal prison system. Through her work and training Alison has developed keen insight into the nature of violence and violence prevention. She consults and trains widely on issues of violence, trauma and conflict management. Alison’s educational background includes Master’s degrees in leadership, training and human development as well as nurse’s training and a diploma in recreation therapy. She brought all these areas of study together in a doctorate in human and organizational systems that explored how humans interact, change and manage with the particular contexts of the systems they engage with. Alison is a contributing author to three books and multiple academic articles. As a presenter, her participants appreciate her humour, depth and warmth.
Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW
Lynda is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and adult educator with over twenty-five years of combined experience as a crisis intervention social worker and workshop facilitator. She holds a Master of Social Work degree and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Social Work. In the past decade, Lynda has trained thousands of professionals across Canada in the areas of stress and trauma management, burnout prevention, mental health, resiliency and organizational health. She believes that learning is the cornerstone to all growth and that individuals are inherently deserving of dignity, care and respect. Lynda is a passionate facilitator who creates engaging and dynamic learning environments where new insights and learning occur.
Sally Halliday, MA
Sally is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has over twenty years’ experience supporting individuals and couples to make positive changes in their lives. With a Masters’ in Counselling Psychology and past leadership roles in organizations and educational institutions, she thrives on creating interactive and informative learning experiences. Whether it’s in her work as a clinician or role as a CTRI trainer, Sally believes in the power of learning and support for people who want to change unhealthy patterns and move forward with a sense of hope and energy. As a trainer, she is an insightful facilitator and provides energetic, enlightening and interactive presentations.
Keith Dormond, MSW
Keith has over twenty years of experience in conflict and violence management. He has worked as a social worker for four years and a police officer for over fifteen years. Keith has extensive training and experience in the assessment and management of workplace violence, school based violence, domestic violence and stalking. He is past President of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Keith holds a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University and is working towards a Doctorate degree in Education at the University of British Columbia. He is a popular presenter of our Violence Threat Assessment and De-escalating Potentially Violence Situations™ workshops. As a facilitator, Keith draws on his experience in adult education, policing and violence risk assessment to provide practical, meaningful and participant focused presentations.
Aaron Lyons, MA
Aaron holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Transformation and is an experienced facilitator and trainer specializing in restorative justice, conflict resolution and violence prevention. In addition to training with CTRI, he is a consultant in private practice, where he works with schools, criminal justice and other organizations both nationally and internationally. His background includes facilitating Family Group Conferences in the United States and New Zealand, designing and convening peacebuilding programs for Palestinian and Israeli youth, addictions treatment programming and outdoor leadership. Aaron is a firm believer in the ability of people to grow and discover their own creative ways through even the most difficult life experiences. A passionate facilitator, he brings an upbeat, insightful and engaging presence to all of his workshops.
David Gustafson, MA, RCC
Dave is Executive Director of Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (FRCJIA), an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at SFU, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a member of the Leuven, Belgium Institute for Criminological research. He is considered a pioneer in restorative justice program development and implementation. In addition to his work in the area of restorative justice, Dave also has a counselling practice where he specializes in mental health, trauma recovery and resilience. He believes that interventions based in positive, strength based, deeply caring relationships with competent providers creates contexts in which recovery, healing and transformation are enabled and enhanced in people’s lives. Dave firmly believes in the power of the human spirit and the ability of individuals to overcome and transcend the most difficult of circumstances. As a trainer, his use of an engaging and facilitative training style, combined with content and stories born of life experience, enables him to bring theory to life.
Cristina Dann, MA, RCC
Cristina holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and has a rich background in counselling, teaching and restorative justice. She began her career as an educator in inner-city schools of New York and Los Angeles where she was inspired by the tremendous resilience she witnessed in her students and their families. Since moving back to Canada in 2002, Cristina has developed her expertise as a clinical counsellor and restorative justice facilitator in a variety of community, health care and school settings. These experiences have further cultivated her belief in the importance of early intervention and non-judgemental, strength-based relationships to promote mental wellness and healing. She is a warm, insightful and dynamic speaker.
Nadine Groves, M.Ed., R.C.C.
Nadine has over 15 years of experience working as a clinician and educator in the field of mental health, crisis response and trauma support. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a masters degree in Counselling Psychology. Highlights of Nadine’s experience include providing training and clinical supervision on the crisis line, contributing to a mental health outreach crisis response team and working as a mental health therapist with the local health authority. Her therapeutic work centers on balancing acceptance and change with clients while developing skills to enhance capacity for both. Nadine believes that people build their resilience by strengthening self awareness, self compassion and meaningful interpersonal connections. As a presenter, she brings her passion, experience and warmth to ensure workshops are engaging, relevant and practical.
David Stark, B. Ed., LL.B.
David is an enthusiastic and effective trainer and mediator with nearly 25 years of experience in the field. In addition to his work with CTRI, David is responsible for the Legal Education Society Mediation Training Program, and teaches yoga, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. He also facilitates numerous courses for the Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta and Mount Royal University. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer for Interest Based Negotiation courses and Insurance Law, at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary Law Schools. David is a popular presenter of our De-escalating Potentially Violence Situations™ workshop. He believes that the best way to reduce violence is to listen well and manage one’s own defensive reactions. David brings genuine warmth and humour as well as passion for effective communication to the workshops that he teaches.
Larry has extensive background in the human relations and human resources worlds. He is a certified mediator, and has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Management. Larry has worked as a leader and manager in a variety of settings and has held executive positions on numerous boards and agencies. His expertise includes violence-prevention, workplace investigations and restorative justice. Larry has presented to many types of audiences throughout his career, including in a post-secondary education setting. He is a popular presenter of our De-escalating Potentially Violence Situations™ and Lateral Violence workshops. Workshop participants enjoy Larry’s quick humour, keen interest in others and real world experience.