Dr. Linda O’Neill, Associate Professor, Regional Counseling Program Coordinator; Community Counseling Clinic, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George BC
This presentation by Dr. O’Neill reviews the themes of compassionate and ACES-informed communities, core principles and discusses considering strategies most relevant to the children and families you currently serve.
Linda is a long-time northerner from the far northwest corner of BC who practiced in that area for many years. She holds a BA in Child and Youth Care, an MEd in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a certified counsellor and trauma specialist. Linda and her colleague Dr. John Sherry run the Counseling Program within the Department of Psychology. Working together, Linda and John guide the Community Counseling Centre (CCC) in Prince George, the main practicum site for the program, and Linda volunteers at the centre as a trauma counsellor, clinical supervisor, and Clinical Coordinator. On behalf of the CCC, Linda provides trauma-informed training to schools, health authorities, youth justice, parole, and probation throughout BC and Yukon and workshops on secondary trauma to local agencies and agencies in the regions as a way of supporting helping practitioners and improving the situation of children, youth and adults who have experienced adversity.