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Dawn Lorraine McBride, Ph.D.

Owner, Registered Psychologist (clinical & counselling), Advanced Supervisor, Consultant,

Associate Professor (tenured; counsellor education) & National Ethics Expert (Counselling)

Dr. McBride has been in the helping profession for nearly 30 years and teaching in the counsellor education field for over 20 years. She has a long and extensive history of working in the family violence field–helping men, women, and youth have loving, safe relationships. Her clinical areas of expertise range from the assessment and treatment of anxiety and OCD, self-harm, work stress, complex psychological issues, and trauma and dissociation (e.g., family violence, motor vehicle accidents, work-related trauma). She also enjoys helping those seeking personal growth. She practices from a variety of theories which are described under the counselling tab.

In her role as as a tenured associate professor, she has an active research agenda that includes the study of ethics (value-based, best practices with record keeping, consent practices), the advanced use of many therapeutic approaches (e.g., emotional regulation, play therapies, group therapy, somatic interventions, expressive therapies, transactional analysis), multiculturalism, and supervision/training. She has won numerous teaching awards, has co-edited a book on teaching practices across cultures in higher education, and has presented at many international conferences. Of interest, she won a 2017 award from the Calgary Women's Shelter for providing exceptional clinical and ethical consultation to their staff.

For additional information about Dawn McBride, please refer to her university webpage:


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Jarvis Larson

Business Manager 

Mr. Jarvis Larson organizes, hosts, and manages the issues related to offering in-house/private group trainings as well as manages our in-person DPS workshops/presentations at local, national, and international levels. In addition, he handles many of the behind the scenes tasks related to the successful operation of DPS.


Jarvis is well known for his easy going style and providing delicious afternoon treats, including bringing out the comfort food during the highly intense ethical trainings when they are offered F2F. If we are lucky, he also provides samples of the amazing gluten-free cakes he sells.

Jarvis can be reached by contacting Jolyn (see to the right). Jarvis will respond to you via phone or email.  To contact Jolyn:

BONUS: He is a registered massage therapist in Alberta. As a result, when we are delivering workshops in Alberta, he will often bring his massage chair :)  Neat, eh!  Bookings are done on the day of the workshop.

Jolyn Wormsbecker

Administrative Assistant 

Counselling Craft Expert

Jolyn is Dawn's right hand. She is a gift to the organization, as she is very organized, pays attention to details, highly ethical, and cares about all of you.  She is the face of DPS as she handles email inquiries, hosts the public online workshops, issues certificates for the training, looks after our private email notification list for DPS workshops (we have over 2000+ professionals on this list), handles insurance billings, manages the OWL booking service, and so on. Her list of responsibilities expands all the time! 

COUNSELLING PROPS: Jolyn creates many of Dr. Dawn's therapy props that are showcased during the trainings. Jolyn is available to make customized therapy props for you and your staff. 


Jolyn can be contacted at:  


P.S. She also has an amazing cake baking - decorating business! It is remarkable the cakes she creates!