John is a registered psychologist who has worked in the education system for the past 9 years. Prior to this John provided family-based mental assessment and intervention to children, adolescents, and parents experiencing a variety of challenges including mental illness, addictions and domestic violence as counsellor with a local community-based mental health organization.
Through his experiences, John fully understands and appreciates the importance of a team-based collaborative approach when working with students and parents in support of their own goals. John understands the complexities of education systems, today’s classroom, as well as the difficulties teachers often face in supporting all learners in their classrooms which makes him a perfect fit for Kaizen! He understands the difficulties parents often face in navigating education systems and the barriers they face. John believes it is vital to a student’s success to engage all key stakeholders in a student’s life and utilizes a “wraparound” consultation process to identify strengths and areas for support across multiple environments, when appropriate.
Through this perspective and respect John has for an individual’s autonomy, John is well known for his ability to engage and build rapport with “difficult” teens and children, as well as parents and teachers who often have a variety of different perspectives and experiences. John is honored to support Kaizen families in navigating the challenges their children face in this complex world. He feels fortunate to join them in their journey toward new understandings and direction.