Tod Augusta-Scotttod

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-Brennanmarilee

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 MacDonald

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

Leland Maerz  MEd. RCT, CCC has worked internationally as a teacher and counsellor with youth and families since 1994.  He engages Lelandtherapeutically 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

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.





Debbie Van Horne

Debbie Van Horne, MSW, RSW, has worked  as an instructor and practitioner in the field of restorative justice and  gendered violence for over 20 years.  She works for the Bridges Institute; Social Work Department, Dalhousie University (Continuing Education); and the Canadian Armed Forces.  She also specializes in work with the GLBTIQ community and she is WPATH certified. Her work is significantly influenced by both Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.





Jylian MacLeod

Jylian has experience working with culturally diverse populations across the country with those affected by addiction and mental health disorders, as well as trauma. Jylian has spent many years working with those who have found themselves in situations where they have been exposed to the criminal justice system as a victim or an accused. Jylian employs a client centered, solution-focused approach by using ACT & Narrative techniques within her sessions to assist her clients in meeting their goals.




James Maynard

James Maynard, MES, MSW, works with individuals and couples to address past and present issues that are getting in the way of developing or maintaining safe, healthy and reciprocal relationships. He integrates a number of therapeutic approaches according to the individual needs of each client, addressing both early history and its influence on current behaviors as well as full accountability for harmful behaviors and perspectives. James works primarily from a Narrative Therapy approach while also drawing on elements of mindfulness and grounding practices, CBT, DBT, somatic therapy and a psychodynamic model of practice wherever relevant and necessary. In addition to trauma-informed, client-centered and restorative practice, James has research interests that include the impact of early trauma, abuse, violence or neglect on mental, emotional and neurological development and how that may influence later actions, behaviors and responses to stress and conflict.