Jann has been in practice as a Registered Family Therapist since 1978.

She is passionate about children and their return to the center of our families and communities. Jann is of Mohawk, Irish and English ancestry and specializes in working with families, parents and communities in order that children can once again be safe, know their identity and where they belong.  She is skilled in working with Indigenous Historical Trauma, Residential School trauma, and its intergenerational effects in families and communities.

Jann devotes her time to mentoring and teaching frontline workers and professionals, supporting service delivery to Indigenous communities, and writing and publishing.

Her PhD research focused on Indigenous families and is freely available on the WorldShare academic network ~  KAHWÀ:TSIRE:  INDIGENOUS FAMILIES IN A FAMILY THERAPY PRACTICE WITH THE INDIGENOUS WORLDVIEW AS THE FOUNDATION.

Jann did pioneering therapy work with residential school survivors in Lytton, B.C. in the 1980′s. She has worked at Round Lake Treatment Centre as a clinical supervisor, a trainer of Drug and Alcohol counselors, and as therapist in the Centre’s innovative Trauma Recovery Program for Native Trauma. She facilitated a National Aboriginal Focus Group that created a Code of Ethics for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.  Jann has worked with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womens and Girls Commission as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  She provides consultation to governments and clinical supervision for Indigenous agencies.

As a Registered Family Therapist, Jann is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor Mentor in the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

She has presented workshops and trainings throughout Canada and internationally in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Jann is the mother of three children and the Dotah (grandmother) of nine.

CIRCLE and BOX EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISE: FACILITATING THE EXERCISE This is an opportunity to learn and apply the exercise that is used worldwide.




This one day workshop is for those who meet the protocols around the exercise and who wish to strengthen their work with Indigenous people. It is a spiritually centered day that includes the story of how the exercise was created, tools for facilitating the exercise, suggestions for creatively using it, and insightful information that can be included when delivering it.  The day closes in ceremony.

The Circle – Box exercise is used by healing facilitators, educators, social workers and lawyers in colonized countries around the world.

 This is the exercise that inspired Kathi Camilleri’s ‘The Village’. 


  • personal knowledge of the two worldviews:  Indigenous and Euro-Canadian/mainstream

  • willing to practice Indigenous protocol in naming the teacher and preserving its spiritual centre

  • to be shared orally and never written down

  • strong facilitation skills which include providing group safety, being comfortable and attuned with emotional responses, and having a knowledge of self regulation tools. 

Cost: $160.00

Includes Lunch.  Note Parking at TRU is free on Saturdays

To Register click here 


For further information contact Jann at jannderrick4winds@gmail.com or call 250 319 7033




This is an innovative two day course at the Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster Campus

It was first piloted in March 5,6, 2020. It will be repeated in 2021. WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR DATES AND PLACE IN 2021.

To Register contact the Justice Institute website, COUN 1038 course


THE BOX and THE CIRCLE BASIC TRAINING: Indigenous Family Systems and Historical Trauma


Indigenous families come from a spiritual tradition of relationship, kindness, nurturance and accountability.  Over the years of colonization and genocide, trauma and loss were introduced and the roles of children and adults were reversed.  This 3 day workshop examines the traditional family, the traumatized family, and now the healing family. Trauma impacts on the brain are taught.  It offers essential information for any professional person working with Indigenous families, including the practice of cultural safety.  It is presented in both experiential and didactic format.


In the Indigenous circle there are five key values:  Kindness, Gentleness, Honesty, Accountability and Humour.  Together these values create Respect. One of the Haudensaunee teachings is that we are here on earth to have fun!

An Elder, Barney Williams from Nuu-chah-nulth has asked that we focus ourselves now on being Kind to one another.

This is a one day workshop for staff and management that provides fun, laughter, insight, and tools for turning relationships to kindness and overall respect.