Susan Gamache

BC Collaborative Roster Society

2190 Fir Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3B5
Canada
Office Phone: 604-736-8840
Member since 1994
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Mental Health Professional

I started studying marital transitions when I was 5. Now as a therapist and educator as well as a Mom who has experienced her own separation, Collaborative Practice allows me the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the separation and divorce process for children and families.....without ever going to court!

Area(s) of Practice: Child Specialist,Divorce Coach,Mediation,Trainer
License(s): Registered Psychologist, College of Psychologists of BC ~Clinical member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Undergraduate Education

BA French/Psychology, University of Alberta, Edomonton, AB

Postgraduate Education

MA Counselling Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
<br>PhD Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
<br>Awarded Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, American Psychological Foundation for dissertation research on marital transitions (1999)
<br>Awared Presidents' Award for Research, Teaching and Advocacy, B.C. Assn. of Registered Clinical Counsellors (2000)

Comments

Dr Susan Gamache is a Registered Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist (AAMFT) and mediator in private practice in Vancouver. She is also a presenter, writer, media consultant and Collaborative Practice divorce coach, child specialist and trainer. <br> <br>Susan has worked with individuals, couples, families and children in various settings for over 20 years. Her area of most specific focus has been separation, divorce and remarriage. She draws from a wide range of therapeutic approaches, both individual and systemic, utilizing physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual aspects of client’s experience. In addition, she has conducted award-winning research on divorce and remarriage, provided workshops for professionals and for the public and has also appeared on television and radio programs as a consultant in these areas. <br> <br>Dr. Susan Gamache was the original mental health co-chair of The Vancouver Collaborative Separation and Divorce Group. She has worked in collaborative practice since 1999, conducting training in Collaborative Practice since 2001. She has acted as adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia, co-teaching a full term course (2003, 2004, 2005) on Inter-disciplinary Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron, L.L.B. Dr. Gamache is a passionate advocate for the strengths that an inter-disciplinary collaborative practice group can offer separating couples, has written articles and has presented extensively to groups and conferences on the collaborative model. This includes several articles for the Collaborative Review (IACP publication) as well as chapters on divorce coaching, the role of the child specialist, and lawyers and therapists working together in two books on interdisciplinary collaborative practice (Cameron, 2004, published by CLE British Columbia; Gutterman, 2004, Bradford Publishing). Together with Nancy Cameron, she was course co-ordinator for the award winning Collaborative divorce training offered through British Columbia Continuing Legal Education, which won the international ACLEA award for Professional Excellence (top award) in the Best Program category. Susan is a board member with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and currently acts as IACP board liason with her local practice group. <br>
Training Offered

I have provided over 70 trainings in CP since 2001. As a trainer I can provide training in CP focused on:.....Assessing your CP group
[Where are the weak places...Where are you stuck...What will help you move forward in your evolution as a practice group].....Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice [As a team member, team leader or embedded with the local training team].....Basic and Advanced Divorce Coaching,.....Basic and Advanced Topics in Child Specialist work, .....Divorce Assessment and Planning [How to work with your clients to create the process that works for everyone].....Communication [Communication practices with clients and other professionals].

I also provide Group Facilitation for CP groups generally and with a focus on:.....Building Productive CP Relationships,.....Team Building and.....Conflict Resolution. CP groups can benefit from combing several days of training with me on different topics to address the issues of most relevance for your group at this point in time. Because CP practice groups are made up of many interrelated relationship systems, positive steps in one area will support growth and change in other areas resulting in a net gain in energy and new ideas for your group.

Training Conducted

1997-2000 University of British Columbia
Basic Interviewing Skills (8 full-term 3 credit courses)..........1995-2001 Stepfamily Association of America (SAA)
Understanding Stepfamilies (10, 2-day workshops in various American cities plus Vancouver with SAA Training Institute)..........2001 - present....Over 70 Trainings in Interdisciplinary CP, Divorce Coaching, Group Facilitation-Building Productive Relationships, Team Development, Conflict Resolution

Collaborative Training Offered

Go to susangamache.com for a complete list of trainings/group facilitations.........2010 IACP Networking Forum//Pre-conference Institute on Practice Group Leadership with Catherine Conner//Pre-conference Institute on Coaching Models with Linda Solomon & Maria Alba-Fisch.........2010 Lethbridge, AB, 3-day Interdisciplinary CP Training. I was team leader with Malcolm McCollam & Amy Wolff.........2010 IACP Teleconference on Conflict in CP groups. I was team leader with Eamonn Carroll..........2010 Munich, Germany. 3rd European Conference on CP. Mapping the Conceptual Field..........2010 Bath, England, 1-day, Opening the Door to Interdisciplinary CP. I was lead trainer with richard Sharp and Chris Mills..........2010 Dublin, Ireland, 3-days, Introduction to CP for Mental Health (one day) Interdisciplinary Training in CP (2 days). I was lead trainer embedded with Irish training team..........2010 Richmond, England, 1 day, Interdisciplinary Teams - A Working Model, I was lead trainer with Richard Sharp and Chris Mills..........2010 Vancouver, Canada. CLE. Getting Started in CP with Nancy Cameron QC, Doreen Gardner Brown.........2009 IACP Networking Forum Exploring the Landscape of Mental Health Practices in CP with Linda Solomon and Maria Alba Fisch..........2009 Cork, Ireland. 1-day Interdisciplinary CP, 1-day Team Development..........2009 Kingston, England. 1-day, The Role of the Mental Health Professional In CP..........2009 Tele-seminar San Diego. Divorce Coaching..........2009 Washington, DC. 1-day Introduction to Collaborative Practice, 2-day Advanced Program in CP. I was lead trainer with Malcolm McCollam, Amy Wolff including mentoring and assistance of local training team...........2009 Zurich, Switzerland. Interdisciplinary CP (consecutive translation to German) I was lead trainer with Richard Sharp...........2008 IACP Networking forum IACP Curriculum Wkshp, The Price is Right with Ron Ousky, Amy Wolff, Deb Clemmenson, and someone named Kevin from Texas..........2008 Cork, Ireland 2nd European Conference on CP. (1) The Essentials of CP; A Team Approach. I was team leader with Nancy Cameron QC, Lisa Alexander, Amy Wolff, Breda O'Carroll, Yuval Berger. (2) IACP curriculum. (3) The Advent of the Stepparent and the New Family...........2008 Kelowna, BC. Group Facilitation, Team Development..........2008 Vancouver, BC. AFCC The Roles of Divorce Coaches and the Child Specialist. I was team leader with Robert Colby and Yuval Berger..........2008 Vancouver, CLE 2-day Getting Started in CP. with Nancy Cameron QC and Doreen Gardner Brown..........2008 Zurich,Switzerland. 2-day Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC. (Consecutive translation to German)..........2007 Vienna, Germany. 1st European Conference on CP. (1) Divorce coaching & the Child Specialist in the CP Team. Dr Tina Sinclair was team leader. (2) Going Deeper in CP with Sherri Goren Slovin...........2007 Kansas City. 2-day Training in CP. I was team leader with Diane Diel and Gaylene Stingl...........2007 New Jersey. 2-day training in Interdisciplinary CP. I was lead trainer with Linda Piff and Robert Bordett. Training and mentoring new trainers...........2007 Vancouver, BC. CLE Getting Started in CP with Nancy Cameron and Doreen Gardner Brown...........2006 IACP Networking Forum (1) Process Intensity Estimate with Nancy Cameron (2) The Calling of CP..........2006 Calgary, AB. Canadian Psych Assoc. Introduction to CP with Tina Sinclair..........2006 Connecticut. 3-day Transforming Your Group to Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron and Doreen Gardner Brown..........2006 Michigan. 2-day Collaborative Skills for complicated cases with Nancy Cameron and Doreen Gardner Brown..........2006 Minneapolis 1-day Communication Skills for Interdisciplinary CP, 1-day The Calling of CP..........2006 Minneapolis Intermediate Training in CP with Victoria Smith..........2006 St. Louis 2-day On Coaching in CP...........2005 Dallas. Summer Harvest (1) Plenary - Playing in the Same Sandbox; Vocational Profiles of CP Practitioners (2) One fish, Two Fish; Exploring Coaching Models..........2005 Louisiana Law Review, Collaborative Practice; A New Opportunity to Address Children's Best Interests in Divorce.........2005 Los Angeles. 2-day Training in Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron, QC.........2005 Marin County. 2-day Transforming Your Group to Interdisciplinary Practice with Nancy Cameron QC..........2005 Michigan. 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2005 New Jersey 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC, Doreen Gardner Brown...........2005 Sacramento 2-day Training in Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron and Doreen Gardner Brown..........2005 St Johns, NL 2-day Transforming Your Group with Nancy Cameron QC..........2005 St Louis 2-day Transforming Your Group with Nancy Cameron QC..........2005 Toronto, ON 3-day with Victoria Smith..........2005 Vancouver, BC CLE Getting Started in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC & Doreen Gardner Brown..........2005 Vancouver, BC University of British Columbia, Full-term 3-credit course in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2004 IACP Networking Forum, Interdisciplinary Teams with Nancy Cameron QC and friends...........2004 Calgary, AB 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron QC..........2004 Chicago America Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Conference, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron QC..........2004 Cincinnati 1-day Transforming Your Group to Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC, 2004 Colorado 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC and Doreen Garner Brown..........2004 San Francisco 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2004 Vancouver, BC 2-day CLE Getting starting in CP with Nancy Cameron QC and Doreen Gardner Brown..........2004 Victoria, BC 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC, Kermit the frog & Doreen Gardner Brown..........2003 Los Angeles 2-day Training in Interdisciplinary CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2003 Milwaukie 1-day Mental Health Training in Collaborative Family Law..........2003 Nanaimo, BC 2-day Training in CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2003 Ottawa AFCC Introduction to CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2003 Vancouver, BC University of British Columbia Full term 3-credit course in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice with Nancy Cameron QC..........2003 Vancouver, BC CLE Getting Started in CP with Nancy Cameron QC, Godzilla & Doreen Gardner Brown..........2002 Kelowna, BC 2-day Introduction to CP with Nancy Cameron QC..........2002 Nelson, BC Introduction to CP with Nancy Cameron QC & friends..........2002 Toronto, ON Conference on Collaborative Practice, Osgood Hall with Nancy Cameron QC..........2002 Vancouver CLE 2-day Getting Started in CP with Nancy Cameron QC & friends..........2002 Victoria, BC 2-day Introduction to CP with Nancy Cameron QC & friends..........202 Winnipeg, MB 2-day Introduction to CP with Nancy Cameron QC & friends.............AND FINALLY..........2001 Vancouver 2-day CLE Getting Started in CP with Stu Webb, Nancy Cameron, angels & friends.

Collaborative Training Reference

Cyndi Starzyk-Frey (Canada - MH)
cstarzyk@telus.net

Nancy Cameron, QC (Canada - law)
ncameron@idmail.com

Sue Hansen (USA – law))
sah@h-hlaw.com

Diane Diel (USA - law)
ddiel@diellaw.com

Eamonn Carroll (Ireland - law)
eamonncarroll@live.com

Therese Nichols (England - law)
therese.nichols@russell-cooke.co.uk

Christopher Mills (England - MH)
cm@chrismills.uk.com

Michael Czinglar (Austria - law)
kanzlel@czinglar.co.at

Marie Brozova (Czech Republic - law)
marie.brozova@volny.cz

Ursula Steiner (Switzerland - MH)
Ursula.steiner@gmail.com

Elisabeth (Lissy) Steiner (Switzerland - law)
banister@sunrise.ch