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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.

For additional information, please refer to her university webpage:


  • Of interest, she won a 2017 award from the Calgary Women's Shelter for providing exceptional clinical and ethical consultation to their staff.

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Jarvis Larson

Business Manager of Workshop Services

Jolyn Wormsbecker

Administrative Assistant & Counselling Craft Expert

Mr. Jarvis Larson organizes, hosts, and manages the issues related to offering in-person DPS workshops /presentations.  He is known, aside from selling amazing gluten-free cakes, for providing delicious afternoon treats during the very intense ethics workshops!


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 :)  Bookings done on the day of the workshop.

Jolyn is Dawn's right hand. She manages our email notification list for DPS workshops and manages all of the online workshops. She also creates many of Dr. Dawn's therapy props that are showcased at the emotional regulation and ethics workshops.


COUNSELLING PROPS: Jolyn is available to make customized therapy props for you and your staff.  Please contact her for more details:   P.S. She also has an amazing cake baking/decorating business! It is remarkable the cakes she creates!

Monica Lockett

Public Relations & Media Consultant

Monica has offered valuable assistance in helping this webpage come alive. She is instrumental in helping DPS become more of a presence on the web. In her spare time (ha!) she is also Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, the Meliorist, and works as a Knowledge Mobilization Project Assistant for the university's Office of Research and Innovation Services.