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  • experienced clinical social worker with specialized training and expertise in individual and group therapy,

  • has practised, supervised, taught, and consulted in a wide variety of settings, both community-based and hospital-based,

  • current practice includes therapy with individuals, couples, and groups,

  • current academic interests include the design of treatment groups to fit specific situations, and the application of group theory to large institutions and cultural/political phenomena.


  • Advanced Certificate in Group Therapy, Smith College School for Social Work, Mass., 1980

  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1975


Present: Private Practice
  • Individual and Couple Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Program Consultation, Training Workshops, Supervision

1990 - 2002:
  • Clinical Supervisor: Group Therapy, Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (half-time position)
    • Responsibilities included planning and program development, supervision, in-service training, and leading a variety of therapeutic groups.
  • Occasional consulting contracts with a variety of agencies
    • Local examples include: The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Marymound Inc., the Manitoba Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Center, and Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Service.
1983 - 1989: Peterborough, Ontario
  • Clinical consultant and supervisor at Peterborough Youth Services and Kinark Child and Family Services,
  • Employee Assistance Councillor with the local school board.
1975 - 1982: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, Department of Social Work
    • Direct clinical work: individual, marital, group and family treatment in the Department of Psychiatry,

    • Supervision of group treatment programs in both medical and psychiatric areas of the hospital,

    • Consultation to community programs and group homes.


  • Institute Instructor, Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Conferences, Banff, AB - 2004, Vancouver, BC - 2005, Toronto, ON - 2007,
  • Institute Instructor, American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Conferences. San Francisco, CA - 2006, Austin, TX - 2007,
  • Faculty: Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Conferences. Numerous workshop presentations,
  • Faculty: Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, Manitoba Training Program, 2001 - present,
  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work, Sessional Instructor: 'Group Treatment', 1999 - 2000,
  • Manitoba Health: Theory and Practise of Group Therapy, an 18 hour course as part of the requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry -taught several times, 1993 - 98,
  • Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association: faculty member of the Toronto-based training program, 1983 - 89,
  • Field Instructor for MSW students from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, 1980 - 89,
  • Numerous training workshops in group therapy and social work with groups. Examples of sponsoring organizations include the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers, Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, Catholic Family Services of Toronto, Sudbury - Algoma Hospital, Cambridge Memorial Hospital.


  • Consultation Corner in The Chronicle, CGPA publication, February 2007.
  • The Schopenhauer Cure, a book review in The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, July 2006.
  • Group Therapy, a chapter in Basics of Clinical Practice: a Guidebook for Trainees in the Helping Professions. David Martin, Allan D. Moore. Waveland Press, Inc. Prospect Heights, Illinois, 1995.
  • Treating Blind Adults in Supportive Group Therapy: Psychosocial Integration with Mobility Training, presented at the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, Toronto, 1994.
  • Resistance in Adolescent Groups, with Keith Hildahl, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Director, Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, (submitted for publication), 1992.
  • The Clown Club: A Structured Fantasy Approach to Group Therapy in the Latency-Age Child, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 35, January, 1985.
  • The Group and the Individual in Group psychotherapy: Theoretical Differences and Similarities in Approaches, Smith College Studies in Social Work, March, 1982.
  • Whatever Became of Group Therapy for the Latency-Age Child? Problems, Trends and Challenges in Current Practice. Paper presented at the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference, 1981.
  • Psychotherapy for the Borderline Adult: a Case Presentation, with James Masterson, MD, at the Kitchener-Waterloo annual psychiatric clinic day, 1981.


  • The Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers;
  • Manitoba Association of Social Workers;
  • Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association (Full Member. Recently named a Fellow);
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (Full Member);
  • American Orthopsychiatric Association;
  • Social Work with Groups.

Please call or email to inquire about therapy.
A brief initial telephone consultation is free of charge.
Phone 204-947-3485
Email: jd_smith@mts.net