Much of my work experience has been in child welfare or childrenís mental health; however these prove to be the most daunting restorative activities I know. I have specialized in working with minority populations, specifically First Nationís people of Canada.
I have created programs and services that have helped First Nation communities in the Treaty #3 territory of Canada.
In addition to this academic work, I have also created educational seminars on:
- Historical Trauma and Internalized Oppression
- Abuse Education and Skills Development
- Suicide Intervention
- Sexual Abuse Education and Prevention
- Healing the Circle, Families, and Communities
- Senior Manager Seminars
- Grief Recovery
- Cultural and Language Institute
- Working with Adolescent Sex Offenders
- Developing Therapeutic Milieu in Clinical Settings
- Board of Directors Seminars
- Violence against Women
- Building A Collaborative Effort
- Rethinking Attachment Theory & Supporting Natural Cultural Resiliencies.
- Cultural Attachment Theory
- Culturally Restorative Practices
In addition, to these activities I have worked with the Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario to project manage their First Nation Training Initiative. This consisted of the development of curriculum to train Ontario child welfare stakeholders in the Native provisions. In order to accomplish this feat, the curriculum extensively reviewed the dynamics and relationship between government and First Nation communities.
Key concepts like emotional intelligence, leadership, historical understanding, were a part of this curriculum design. Feedback from this curriculum was well received and brought about discussions on meaningful engagements with Aboriginal stakeholders.
More recently, on behalf of the Association, I have written position papers and consultation reports for governmental officials, that have extended the restorative approach model.