Karl Tomm, MD, FRCPC
Professor of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary; Director, Calgary Family Therapy Centre. Karl is deeply interested in the application of systems theory, narrative theory, social constructionism, bringforthism, and second order cybernetics to therapy. He is currently focused on clarifying the effects of social injustice on families, the influence on therapists of the distinctions they make regarding their clients, and on explicating the possible therapeutic and counter therapeutic effects of the interviewing process itself.
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Dan Wulff, PhD, RMFT, RSW
Dan is a Family Therapist and an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary whose practice and research have centred on ways to increase participation and inclusivity. His social constructionist approach to work appreciates multiple viewpoints/understandings and has opened up many doors into interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary work. His work with the Taos Institute has widened his vision and networks worldwide and his work with the Dulwich Centre in Australia has introduced him to expanding his ideas and work in Israel and Palestine.
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Sally St. George, PhD, RMFT
Sally St. George is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. She integrates research and clinical practice as well as micro and macro practices in her teaching, clinical work, and research. Sally serves on the Boards of Directors for the Taos Institute and the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work co-developing social constructionist transformative practices, and is a Senior Editor for the online journal, The Qualitative Report. She is also a ballroom dancer; her favourite partner is Dan Wulff.
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Jeff Chang, PhD, R.Psych
Jeff is a psychologist and family therapist. He is Associate Professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University, and the Director of the Master of Counselling program. Jeff is a Registered Psychologist (Alberta), and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He teaches the Advanced Clinical Supervision in Psychology continuing education course offered by University of Calgary and the Psychologists Association of Alberta. Jeff’s clinical work, training, and research focus on high-conflict divorce and parenting, solution-focused and narrative approaches to therapy, clinical supervision, and school-based mental health services. For further information, see his personal website at drjeffchang.webs.com.
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Tamara Wilson, MA, R.Psych
Tamara Wilson has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a registered psychologist and provides therapy for children/adolescents and their families. Tamara also provides supervision to interns at the Family Therapy Centre. She has worked with children and families for the past 13 years both in residential and community settings and has led children and parent psycho-educational groups in the areas of anger management and emotional regulation. In addition, Tamara has provided family therapy for adolescents with drug/alcohol addiction. Tamara is particularly interested in enhancing the parent-child relationship and assessing patterns within blended family relationships. Other areas of focus in her clinical work include marriage and systemic family therapy, multi-cultural counselling, and therapy within a spiritual context.
Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD
Monica is a social constructionist counsellor, supervisor, and researcher from Mexico, where she pursued studies (Bachelor, Masters, and Ph.D.) in Psychology and several specializations as an individual, couple, and systemic family therapist. She worked as a Professor in three Universities in Mexico City (Universidad de Londres, Universidad de las Americas, and Alliant International University) teaching and supervising contemporary family therapies and qualitative research methodologies in graduate programs. Monica is a Faculty Member with Grupo Campos Eliseos, Instituto Kanankil, and Houston Galveston Institute. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Monica is also a counsellor volunteer at the Eastside Family Centre and a Taos Institute Associate.
More about her work: http://wcmprod2.ucalgary.ca/educ_info/profiles/monica-sesma-vazquez
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Alan McLuckie, PhD, RSW, RMFT
Alan McLuckie earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Toronto and an MSW (Clinical Specialization) from the University of Calgary. His areas of research include qualitative and quantitative methods focusing on children’s mental health, parenting stress, clinical supervision, and family-based interventions. He is an experienced mental health therapist, a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a supervisor with both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. Dr. McLuckie is an award winning educator; an associate member of the Matheson Centre for Mental Health Research & Education; and an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. He is also a consulting supervisor to the IWK Health Centre’s Mental Health and Addictions Program and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He also maintains a clinical practice at the Calgary Counselling Centre and is a supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre.
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Emily Doyle, PhD, R.Psych
Dr. Emily Doyle is a Registered Psychologist, with a background in narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, family systems therapy, and addictions counselling. In addition to her work as a therapist and clinical supervisor with the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, she is a part of Athabasca University’s Master of Counselling Program faculty team as an Academic Coordinator. When she is not at work or with family, she can usually be found swimming, biking, or running in preparation for various triathlon adventures.
Sumerlee Samuels, MA, R.Psych, PhD Candidate
Sumerlee Samuels works as a Registered Psychologist at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, providing therapy for young people and their families, as well as, supervision to interns. She has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Calgary (Counselling Psychology Program).
Sumerlee relies on social constructionist, narrative, collaborative, relational-cultural, and pro-feminist theories to inform her counselling practices. Her long-time interest in therapeutically interviewing people suffering eating, weight, and body image disorders has cultivated her systemic approach to family therapy.
Sumerlee’s current research efforts are dedicated to understanding women’s experiences of becoming mothers, bearing in mind the dominant sociocultural meanings projected onto motherhood. She is investigating this topic with the intention of exposing invisible rules policing motherhood, restoring censored practices of maternity, and making space for mothers and their expectations about motherhood to breathe.
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Joanne Schultz Hall, MA in Education: Counselling, RMFT
Joanne is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and Clinical Supervisor, Dept. of Psychology, Program in Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary. She is an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor. Joanne has over 40 years of experience working with families, 35 of these at our Centre, where she offers family therapy, clinical supervision and training. Joanne has provided workshops on a variety of topics, including assessing pathologizing and healing patterns in family relationships, stepfamily issues and collaborative team development. Joanne's special interests include a curiosity about the impact of spiritual beliefs and family/individual values on individuals and their relationships and the impact of socio-cultural ideas about gender on the family. In her free time, Joanne practices yoga.
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Krista West, MSW, RSW
Krista West is a registered Social Worker with a clinical specialization, having completed her MSW at the University of Calgary in 2013. With more than a decade of experience working with adolescents from a variety of backgrounds in a range of settings, she has worked with teens in care facilities, school-based mental-health programs, and in forensic supervision. Krista’s passion is working with adolescents and their families by supporting them to create understanding and meaningful relationships.
Shannon McIntosh, MSW, RSW
Shannon McIntosh is a Registered Social Worker, Family Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor with a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Calgary. She brings to her role at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre (CFTC) an enthusiastic interest in whole family wellness and embraces the importance of advocacy, community services, research development, and team collaboration. Using systemic, social constructivism, and narrative therapy techniques, Shannon endeavours to help families to develop tailored methods of managing problems effectively. Prior to joining CFTC, Shannon worked as a Family Therapist with Alberta Health Services’ Child & Adolescent Addictions & Mental Health Program, Specialized Services. She’s also worked with children and adolescents experiencing mental health difficulties within Calgary schools as well as in residential treatment facilities. In addition to her work, Shannon also enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and running the beautiful trails of Calgary.
Support Staff (from left to right): Melissa, Elaine, Tom, and Debbie
Calgary Family Therapy Centre’s support team consists of Reception and Administration, Melissa Kazakoff, Elaine Falukozi, and Debbie Baker. Reception is the first point of contact so it’s likely that you will speak to or see any or all of us. We strive to make families feel safe, welcome, and as comfortable as possible either on the phone or when they are at the Centre. We keep the office running efficiently and support the therapists in their work with families.
Tom Murphy, our AV Technician, installs, operates and maintains the electronic equipment, which is a vital part of our program.
We all enjoy what we do on a daily basis. Whilst a usual day for us can be busy with similar and routine tasks, you can be sure that there will always be a surprise or two just to keep things interesting.
Gary Sanders, MD, FRCPC
Gary passed away from cancer in 2002. We continue to honour his dedication during his 21 years of service with us as the Associate Director and Clinical Coordinator of the Family Therapy Program. Gary’s contributions made a significant difference in how the program developed and it continues in his memory.
Gary was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Additional positions he held included the Director of the Human Sexuality Program and a psychiatric consultant to the Phoenix Sexual Offenders Program for Woods Homes, as well as a psychiatric consultant to the Family Adolescent and Children’s Services of the Provincial Mental Health Board.
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