Comments from Previous Workshops

“I have participated in a number of group sessions with Jann. She creates a warm and safe environment for group members to share ideas. Jann has a way to facilitate and lead a group without appearing like the “leader”. She asks great questions which triggers more in-depth discussions. She validates group members and has a wonderful sense of humour. If you get a chance, attend one of Jann’s sessions and you will not be disappointed.”

– Paul Roberge M.Ed. R.Psych.

“Jann is an intuitive and creative facilitator. She is wise in her way’s of capturing the needs of a group or a community in concise and relevant way. She is passionate about reclaiming our culture identity.”

– Wanda Gabriel  MSW   Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory

“Jann Derrick is a profound teacher, family therapist and academic. Within her workshops, students learn powerful stories of the impact of cultural genocide. They will discover creative and culturally meaningful ways to help families move forward into hope and healing. I highly recommend her wise teachings”

-Tara Sheppard  MFT  Winnipeg, MB

“In my experience in counseling with Jann, I found out that my thoughts and feelings, about my self have been negatively affected by traumas in my life. Besides being a relief to know that, it gave me a jumping board to continue my healing. Thanks Jann!”

 – Barb Marchand  Xaxlip First Nations

“I have had the privilege of attending Jann Derrick’s workshops. She is a compelling presenter who opened my eyes to the issues of survivors of historical and cultural trauma. It was a moving immersion into the experiences of such persons.” 

– Sam Berg, D. Min., RMFT  President, Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists in Canada

“Jann provides a warm and safe place for therapists to come together to share best practices with one another. Her wise counsel and gentle challenges make each of us better at the work that we do in companioning others through tough times. Her vision for creating a “family” of therapists and helpers who support and engage in the ethical practice of consultation and supervision is inspiring and breaks the sense of isolation and teritoriality that can occur in the helping community. I am truly grateful to Jann for providing this service and for guiding and challenging us to be better in our craft.”

– Nicole Arnould  BSW, M.Ed RCC RSW

“I’ve had the opportunity to participate in Jann’s training workshops and have consulted with her regularly over the past ten years.  Her extensive clinical experience and gentle teaching style have helped me gain a more complete understanding of my clients, the cultural context of “treatment”, and myself.  I strongly recommend Jann to therapists who are interested in expanding their awareness about how to assist clients and systems affected by trauma.” 

– Andrew Bezooyen, M.Ed., Registered Clinical Counsellor.

As a Professional Art Therapist and Social Worker, I have had the opportunity to share Jann’s courageous and compassionate approach to facilitation and therapy. Her unique blend of theory and experiential-learning has deeply influenced the work that I do. She exemplifies the sharpness of mind and therapeutic creativity that continues to inspire me!

– Bobbie (Roberta) Rasmussen-Merz, (MSW, RSW, DVATI) Art and Possibility Counselling

…riveting, engaging and enlightening, we have been so fortunate to have been introduced to such a fine, knowledgeable and true friend who has changed our lives by bringing our and many others reality to life. The devastating impact of failed government policies has had on our community and a visual vision of what can be reclaimed if we put our community back into proper balance by incorporating the circle and creating our circle and forcing mainstream society to walk with us and not against us.


– Jacqueline Walker, MMFT and Felix Walker C.E.O Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Family and Community Wellness Centre, Nelson House, Manitoba