Jennifer Dustin is a Registered Social Worker and a member of the BC Association of Social Workers. Jen has worked with children, youth, and families in a variety of capacities including crisis and trauma work, individual support with mental health related barriers, group facilitation, and social justice and advocacy work.
Jen completed her Bachelor of Social Work from Thompson Rivers University in 2008, and earned her Master of Social Work from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2012. Since 2013, Jen has been working toward her PhD in Social Work from McMaster University, and has achieved her PhD(c) (PhD candidate). Jen’s commitment to continued education is echoed in her clinical work including certifications in Narrative Therapy, Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Jen works with youth and adults as a therapist with C & C Resources for Life, and generally supports individuals through a broad range of difficulties and barriers including anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, family conflict, self-image/identity, and general feelings of being overwhelmed with life’s expectations. Jen has an ongoing interest in supporting members of the LGBTQI2S+ or Queer Community, as well as members of Indigenous communities.
Aside from counselling, Jen teaches at a post-secondary institute grounded in Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. In her role as a post-secondary educator, Jen strives to make the academic process more accessible and encourages critical thinking about course content and the educational process. As a counsellor, Jen draws on this same philosophy by building strong therapeutic relationships, exploring how we interact with systems in helpful and harmful ways, and working with people to find new ways of moving forward.