Kalwhalahap/Hello to all of you, welcome to the website of the Indigenous Circle Chapter (ICC) of the CCPA.
Benefits of membership:
- to receive emails for the ICC via the CCPA email service and emails directly from the Chapter Executive concerning Chapter activities.
- To be eligible to apply for membership in the ICC yahoo E-Group.
- To participate in ICC meetings at the CCPA National Conference
- To participate in ICC teleconferences
- To participate in ICC workshops
- To raise awareness of the issues that affect Indigenous counsellor, clients, families and communities
- To promote educational opportunities for CCPA members who wish to work with Indigenous communities.
- To create a network for Indigenous counselors and non-Indigenous counselors who work with Indigenous clients, families and communities.
- To promote counselling as a field of choice for Indigenous peoples.
- To provide an Indigenous voice within the Canadian Counselling Association.
- To encourage the observance of appropriate Indigenous protocol at CCPA Conferences
Criteria to Join
- Available to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis & Inuit) CCPA members in good standing who have registered for membership in the Indigenous Circle Chapter.
- non-Aboriginal members should be working with Indigenous clients, communities and families or have a strong interest in working with Indigenous clients, communities and families
- Indigenous Circle Chapter meetings at the National Conferences will be open to interested members of local Indigenous communities and organizations
- Membership fees will be used for the provision of a chapter luncheon at the national conference as well as other possibilities currently under discussion (example, possible Aboriginal student travel bursary to CCPA Conference, etc.). ICC members will be updated on financial matters via the CCPA listserve, the Yahoo E-Group site or directly via email by chapter executive.
- You must be a CCPA member to belong to the ICC Chapter.
Jamie is originally from Northeastern Ontario and a member of Moose Cree First Nation. She holds her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from Western University and a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from Laurentian University. She has also completed a certificate in Concurrent Disorders from Mohawk College.
She currently works in post-secondary education, providing counselling and support to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal post-secondary students. Her number one goal is to build and promote a sense of community amongst students as they work their way towards crossing that stage to receive their diploma. Jamie takes on a client-centred approach grounded in indigenous, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focussed, and positive psychology modalities.
Jamie has also served as a guest lecturer at a number of Ontario universities, focusing on Aboriginal social welfare, Aboriginal child welfare, the impact of colonization, and the need for intergenerational healing amongst communities.
Jamie has been involved with CCPA since she was a Student Representative for Western University during her final year of graduate school. She is honoured to have been elected as a member of the ICC Executive Committee.
Andrea Currie grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a member of the Métis Nation. She is the mother of one daughter, Rowan, and drums with We’koqma’qewiskwa, a women’s hand-drumming group from We’koqma’q First Nation in Unama’ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), where she has worked as the community-based therapist for the past eleven years. In addition to her clinical work, she offers a range of wellness programs, and works closely with the We’koqma’q Residential School Survivors. She believes that understanding the impact of colonial trauma on indigenous communities as well as the community strengths that have enabled us to survive is essential to the provision of culturally safe services. She provides cultural safety training for mental health practitioners in indigenous communities and in mainstream mental health, and has taught a course on indigenous mental health in the M.Ed. in Counselling program at Acadia University. She is challenged by the depth and breadth of the need for healing in our indigenous communities and inspired by the depth and breadth of our communities’ resilience and strengths.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is William (Bill Thomas), I am a Peguis First Nation member who was born in Winnipeg, Canada raised in Peguis First Nation. I began my healing process over twenty-five years ago. I am the President and owner of Thomas Training and Therapy Services, I specialize in the treatment of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, Aboriginal Trauma related issues. I am an experienced International Trainer, Facilitator, Psychotherapist/ Counsellor, and traditional group therapist. I have worked closely with Elders and Healers for many years and I also have extensive therapeutic experience in; long-term flood evacuees, suicide, grief, post-trauma, sexually and physically abused clients. I provide community consultation to many Manitoba First Nation communities and organizations. I Guest Lecture Internationally about Aboriginal Trauma issues; Indian Residential School Syndrome and Culturally appropriate therapy in China, Australia, Brazil and Egypt.
I have my Masters in Clinical Social Work from University of Northern British Columbia and I have graduated in 8 months with academic distinction with a Bachelor of First Nation and Aboriginal Counselling from Brandon University. I have completed an International Licensing Program in Focusing Psychotherapy at the Prairie Region Centre for Focusing as a Certified Trainer and Therapist.
I am the Past President of the Aboriginal Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and I am a professional member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapists Association, Play Therapy International, the Focusing Institute in New York, and Prairie Region Centre for Focusing. I am a member of Manitoba Association of Registered Social Workers. I have developed an integrated healing process of Focusing, PTSD and Aboriginal Healing Circle for my Masters’ thesis. I have presented papers International and National conferences and universities on trauma techniques and working with Aboriginal people.
Cathrine is a fourth year PhD Candidate at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She works in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia, Canada) as a feminist trauma therapist specializing in the area of violence against women. Her current research explores the stories Indigenous helpers and healers tell about their work with Indigenous women who live with violence. Cathrine is a member of the dominant settler society seeking to contribute to reconciliation through the project of decolonizing and Indigenizing trauma therapy. In her spare time Cathrine loves spending time talking with friends, campfires, walking on the beach, dancing, and cudding with her dog, Zoey
Meaghan is a settler who has worked as both a counsellor and a teacher in Indigenous communities in Mi’kma’ki and Eeyou Istchee. She has worked as a counselling therapist in Pictou Landing First Nation, and Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, and at the community school in Eastmain, a Cree community on the east coast of James Bay. She currently works for the Nova Scotia Health Authority as a Clinical Therapist providing mental health support to students in ten schools. Her Master’s thesis focused on decolonizing counselling practice and providing culturally safe mental health care to Indigenous clients, families, and communities. Her work focuses on settlers who work as counsellors in Indigenous communities in the hopes of continuing to broaden the conversations around cultural safety within the CCPA and beyond.
Katherine is originally from Kingston, Ontario, and a member of Shoal Lake No.40 First Nation. She holds a Master in Counselling from Athabasca University, a BA hon. in Psychology, and a BA hon. in Law from Carleton University. She currently works for the Federal Government, at the Public Health Agency of Canada, in Ottawa. While working for various Government of Canada departments, Katherine has had an opportunity to work on Indigenous files and with Indigenous groups. Katherine takes on a client-centered approach grounded in Indigenous, solution-focused, narrative, existentialism, and positive psychology modalities. Katherine is a Professional Member of the CCPA possessing a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation.
Constitution and Bylaws
The Chapter’s bylaws are a set of rules that control the actions of its members and govern the internal management of the Chapter.
Open Meeting Minutes
Scholarships and Bursaries
Members have access to a list of employment opportunities that are sometimes geared towards the Aboriginal population in CCPA’s member portal. Login as a member to view.
The Indigenous Student Scholarship is awarded by the Indigenous Circle Chapter.
News & Resources
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- Journal of Indigenous Well-Being - Volume 2 - Issue 2
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- Working Effectively With Indigenous Peoples Blog
- MSW Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Program
- WIPCE 2017 in Toronto: July 24th - July 29th, 2017
- New Reference Guide for Career Development Counsellors Working with Inuit Clients
- Call for Submissions - Journal of Indigenous Social Development
- Call for manuscripts - Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing
- Mental Wellness Strategy released with support of First Nations, mental health group
- M.H.F.N.S brings Opening Doors – End Family Violence to Millbrook First Nation
- The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research has posted two modules to the TCPS 2 tutorial, Course on Research Ethics (CORE): Multi-Jurisdictional Research, and Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada.
- UNB to hold 2nd annual Powwow
- New Open Course: Learning from Knowledge Keepers of Mi’kma’ki
- Ground breaking of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre