Tod Augusta-Scott, MSW is known internationally for his work with domestic violence, restorative approaches and narrative therapy. He has worked in a trauma-informed community-based organization for twenty years. Over the last fifteen years he has published and presented his work internationally (Asia, Europe, British Isles, America) and presented in every province in Canada. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference. He works as a civilian therapist with the Canadian Armed Forces. He has also taught in the Department of Social Work, Dalhousie University and is a guest speaker in classes on a regular basis.
Tod is the co-editor and contributor to the critically acclaimed books Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives (Sage Publications, 2007) and Innovations in Interventions to Address Intimate Partner Violence: Research and Practice (Routledge Press, 2017). He has been interviewed for various media including the International Journal of Narrative Therapy, CBC The World at Six, and the Globe and Mail. Tod is a regular reviewer for numerous academic journals. He has created a group manual for working with men who have abused that has been officially adopted by three government departments in Canada. Tod was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 2013. His work is featured in the documentary A Better Man (2017), a film about domestic violence and restorative justice.
Marilee Burwash-Brennan, MSW has worked in the domestic violence movement since 1984. She worked in a women’s shelter for ten years and then became a family therapist addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma. Marilee began working at Bridges in 2000. She works extensively with women’s groups addressing these issues. Her practice is been influenced by feminism, narrative therapy and restorative justice. Marilee received the Achievement of Excellence Award from the Nova Scotia Council for the Family in 2013.
Kim has a Human Services diploma from NSCC. Kim worked for a property management company as a tour and travel coordinator. Kim has worked most recently in the financial industry. She worked in this industry for over 10 years. Her work was primarily in customer service and sales.
Leland Maerz MEd. RCT, CCC has worked internationally as a teacher and counsellor with youth and families since 1994. He engages therapeutically with individuals and couples in addressing a wide range of issues often with a focus on relationships, abuse and trauma. He also facilitates adolescent and adult groups dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault. Leland draws inspiration for his research and interests in therapy and social justice from post-structural philosophy and is trained in narrative and trauma informed practices.
Brock Caldwell MEd, RCT-C is a counseling therapist who focuses first on developing strong relationships with clients who are working towards making changes in their lives. He works with a variety of issues that circulate around domestic violence using a Trauma-Informed Narrative Therapy approach. He has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.Brock has a strong desire for continuing education and is consistently integrating new research in psychology and therapy into his practice to better serve his clients.