2012 Events

Friday afternoons at Dulwich Centre

Justice doing in community work & therapy: from ‘burnout’ to solidarity

Video of talk posted November 29, 2012

Adler School of Professional Psychology Vancouver

The First Annual Adler School ‘Supervisor Appreciation Day


Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Supervision of Solidarity: Creating a Culture of Critique and Structuring Safety

In this experiential workshop we will consider how to promote dignifying and generative supervision groups for practicum students at the Masters’ level. We will deconstruct some “case consultation” norms that don’t serve clients or therapists, and consider what a culture of critique that is generative, expansive, connected and dignified might offer. We will engage in practices for structuring safety that provide the scaffold for expansive critique, as well as practices that situate all group supervisees at the ethical centre, as opposed to ‘taking turns presenting cases’.

A Supervision of Solidarity is informed by a spirit of solidarity and social justice activism. The ethics from which the supervision practices emerge comprise an ethical stance for justice-doing in community work which encompasses centering ethics, doing solidarity, addressing power, fostering collective sustainability, critically engaging with language, and structuring safety. Justice Doing opens our work to transformations for ourselves, the people we work alongside and our communities and society, and offers the potential for experiencing the social divine.

Adler School of Professional Psychology Vancouver

Commencement Address

September 29, 2012



Peak House

Pacific Youth & Family Services Society


The Ethics of Justice-doing in Community Work

October 15, 2012 8:45am-4:30pm

Cost: $135
City University 789 W. Pender, Room #1, Vancouver

space is limited, please register to secure your seat


for more information please contact: peakhouse@telus.net or 604-253-2187

Family worker trainingg and development

“Resisting Burnout with Justice Doing”

Wednesday 19th September 2012
9am – 4pm
Parramatta Sebel,

Parramatta, Australia
Cost: $66 NGO / $132 Govt


The Story of Sustainability:

Witnessing Resistance and Resisting Burnout with Justice Doing

12th & 13th September 2012

Venue: Waratah Room,
The Whitehorse Centre, Maroondah Hwy, Nunawading
Melbourne, Australia

Time: 9.15 am to 4.30 pm both days

Justice Doing In Community Work And Therapy: From “Burnout” To Solidarity

Co-hosted by:

Dulwich Centre Foundation    STTARS


4.30pm, Friday, 7th September

Dulwich Centre, St John’s Hall at 379 Halifax Street,
Adelaide, Australia

Child and Youth Care Association of BC

Annual General Meeting

Keynote Address

May 25, 2012

2929 E. 22 Ave.


RSVP to:  membership@cycabc.ca

Text:  The winds of Change 5

Conversations on the Margins:

Therapeutic Change, Social Change, Social Justice

Keynote Address:

An ethic of justice doing


Honouring responses to injustice: connections and distinctions

June 12- 15, 2012


Peers LogoPEERS Victoria Resource Centre


March 12th, 9am—5pm


Cost: $100 Regular; $75 for outreach workers & students

Contact us if cost is a barrier at 250-388-5325

Vikki is a therapist/activist whose experience includes clinical supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, mental health and substance abuse counselors, anti-violence counselors, and working alongside transgendered and queer communities.  This event benefits PEERS Victoria Resource Society. Vancouver Island’s only agency run by sex workers, for sex workers.

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University of Victoria School of Youth and Child Care  

Methodology, Ethics & Solidarity:
Community-based Research

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
9:30am – 11:30am
Human & Social Development Building, Room B141

Program Description

University of Victoria Social Justic Program

Resisting Political Violence, Torture & the Death Penalty: Connections and Discernments in Anti-Violence Activism and Work

Tuesday, 13 March, 7:30 pm

Harry Hickman Building 105

University of Victoria

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“Collaborative Therapy Training Series”

A Supervision of Solidarity: Solidarity Groups.

Monday January 30th


Concordia Office

#720-999 West Broadway

Vancouver, B.C

The cost of the workshop is $40 plus HST

Register by email info@concordiacounselling.ca or phone (778) 331-0965.

Registration closes on Monday January 23rd.

A Supervision of Solidarity is informed by a spirit of solidarity and social justice activism. I created Solidarity Groups as a response to supervising therapists who work alongside clients who are victims and survivors of torture, political and interpersonal violence, sexualized exploitation, extreme poverty, and other attacks on the safety of their lives and dignity of their identities.

  • How can we hold onto a sense of aliveness and engage a spirit of solidarity within contexts of social injustice and marginalization?
  • How can we do this difficult work in ways that are congruent with collective ethics and how can we all experience sustainability and transformation collectively across time?


The ethics of Justice-doing that inform Solidarity Groups include:

  • centering ethics,
  •  doing solidarity
  • addressing power
  • fostering collective sustainability
  • critically engaging with language
  • structuring safety


In this workshop I’ll lay out these ethics and we’ll engage in the practice of a Solidarity Group, then critique the practice with a hopeful skepticism to see if the ethics are enacted. It will be helpful to read A Supervision of Solidarity (2010), and Supervision of Solidarity Practices: Solidarity Teams & People-ing-the-room (2011).