Karen Young, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Karen is the Director of the Windz Institute, operated by ROCK, Reach Out Centre for Kids' Centre of Learning. She is an institute faculty teaching many of the Windz workshops and certificate programs. She provides supervision to interns, organizes and designs training, oversees research projects, and for over 14 years has supervised and provided single session therapy at the ROCK walk-in therapy clinic. Karen has provided consultation and clinical training to many organizations in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally regarding re-structuring service pathways to include brief services such as walk-in clinics. She has been teaching narrative and brief narrative therapy for over 25 years and is a therapist with 30 years of experience working with children and families.  

Karen has contributed numerous publications regarding applications of brief narrative therapy and research in brief services and walk-in therapy. She co-authored the Brief Services Online Course for CMHA Ontario (Duvall, J. & Young, K., 2015) and co-authored the Brief Services policy paper for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (Duvall, J., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012), No more, no less: Brief Mental Health Services for Children and Youth. Karen was the lead in the first in Ontario Brief Services Evaluation Project, 2014, a multi-organization evaluation of brief services. 

Karen has a great deal of knowledge and passion for narrative practices and is one of the few trainers who can teach the traditional aspects of the approach and new evolutions in the thinking. She has particular expertise in the application of narrative in brief and walk-in therapies. Karen is regarded as a trainer who conveys narrative ideas in very clear and useable ways.
Shari Lecker, M.Ed., RP

Shari has a master of education specializing in counselling psychology from McGill University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and a therapist with 24 years experience working with children and families. For the last 10 years Shari has been a Manager of Clinical Services at ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids where she provides leadership to a multidisciplinary clinical team including supervision to clinical staff, psychology residents, interns and graduate students. 

Shari has a passion for training and mentoring counsellors and therapists and she was awarded Excellence in Social Work Practicum Teaching from Laurier University. Shari oversees ROCK’s Walk In Counselling Clinic and provides supervision, consultation, assessment, and single session and brief therapy. Shari adheres to a strength based, client focused approach in her clinical intervention. She has a strong theoretical background and extensive applied practice using evidence based models such as Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Attachment Focused Therapy. Since Shari’s first introduction to Narrative Therapy, externalizing conversations that are transparent, collaborative and non-pathologizing resonated deeply within her and she immersed herself in narrative workshops, readings, and practice. Today Shari supports the practice of those who consult her in ways that enhance their narrative skill development. In her role at ROCK Shari has also been integral to the configuration, implementation and training of ROCK’s clinical database and how to create in-session documentation practises using technology. 

Guest Presenters

Jill Freedman, M.S.W.

Jill Freedman is the Director of the Evanston Family Therapy Center, a narrative training center in the Chicago area. With her partner, Gene Combs, she has authored three books: Symbol, story and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy; Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities; and Narrative therapy with couples...and a whole lot more! - and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. She has a therapy practice in the Chicago area, offers consulting services to schools and organizations, and teaches internationally. She is known for making difficult ideas accessible.

David Paré, Ph.D.

David Paré, Ph.D., David is a registered psychologist and a full professor in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa In addition, David is director of the Glebe Institute, A Centre for Constructive and Collaborative Practice in Ottawa. David has written widely and presented internationally on the subject of narrative and postmodern therapies, as well as offering training and supervision in these areas. He is the author of The Practice of Collaborative Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013), and co-editor of Collaborative Practice in Psychology and Therapy (2004) and Furthering Talk: Advances in the Discursive Therapies (2004). He is currently completing a co-edited book on Social Justice and Counselling.

Vikki Reynolds, Ph.D., RCC

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work & therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, sexualized violence counselors, mental health and substance misuse counselors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki teaches with VCC, UBC, Adler University and with City University of Seattle, Vancouver. She has written and presented internationally on the subjects of resistance to ‘trauma’, ally work, justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s book Doing Justice as a Path to Sustainability in Community Work, is available free on her website along with articles and addresses (www.vikkireynolds.ca).
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