Tod Augusta-Scott, MSW is known internationally for his work with domestic violence, restorative justice and narrative therapy. Since 1994, he has been the coordinator of Bridges. He has taught in the Social Work Department, Dalhousie University. He works with the Canadian Armed Forces and is on faculty at the Hincks-Dellcrest International Training Centre in Toronto. He is currently the restorative justice clinical supervisor for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.
Tod publishes and presents widely both internationally as well as in every province in Canada. His group manual for working with men who abuse has been officially adopted by three government departments in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories. He has been interviewed by Home Maker Magazine, Readers Digest, Journal of Systemic Therapies, the Globe and Mail, and the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.
He has published work with various academic presses and is co-editor and contributor to the critically acclaimed book Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives (Sage Publications, 2007). Tod received the Canadian Association of Social Workers Outstanding Service Award for 2013.
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.
Brenda Fisher has worked as the office manager of Bridges since 2005. She orchestrates national and international conferences and trainings. She also provides the computer and technical support for the Institute. Brenda has extensive experience in community development and is committed to supporting issues of social justice.
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.
Ruth Mitchell, MA, RCT has been counseling men who use abuse in relationships for a number of years. She has graduate degrees in psychology and leisure studies. She works with the blend between people’s mental and physical health. Ruth has worked with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. She also has experience working in the context of aboriginal communities. She is influenced by narrative ideas and helping people re-author their lives.
Brock Caldwell MEd, RCT-C is a counselling therapist who focuses first on developing strong relationships with clients who are working towards making changes in their lives. He works witha 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.