Faculty and Staff
The staff and faculty of JST INSTITUTE are strongly committed to non-pathologizing, collaborative ways of working with people. Our practices are embedded in postmodern and social constructionist concepts. This philosophical approach makes it possible for us to challenge traditional concepts such as universal truths and master narratives. Postmodernism is not “one more” master narrative, but one among many others. Rather than closing down space, it makes visible possibilities that were previously unnoticed. The pedagogy used by the faculty to facilitate useful learning experiences, is parallel to the therapeutic practices, emphasizing respect for others, an appreciation for social context and the importance of language in creating realities. JST staff and faculty are passionate about inspiring hope and possibility with people throughout the world.
Jim Duvall M.Ed., R.S.W.
Jim Duvall is the Co-Director and co-founder of JST INSTITUTE. He has over three and a half decades of experience as an educator, trainer, consultant and author. Jim is recognized for his practice and research involvement in brief and narrative practices. His work emphasizes collaborating with people within their social context, often working with them to break free from the constraints of master narratives, while integrating therapeutic practices within a philosophy of social justice. Jim is committed to creating accessible, collaborative therapeutic and training services to people when they need them.
Jim has served as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Systemic Therapies for over 10 years. He is Co-Founder and previous Co-Director, along with Karen Young, of the Windz Institute, which operates in Oakville, Ontario. Previously Jim served for over 20 years as the Director of Training and Education at Hincks-Dellcrest Institute in Toronto, Ontario and previous Director of Brief Therapy Training Centres-International. Jim has spent over 200 hours studying and collaborating in training, writing and community projects with Michael White.
In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Jim co-authored a policy paper (Duvall, j., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012), No more, no less; Brief mental health services for children and youth. In response to the recommendations of this paper The Ministry for Children and Youth of Ontario mandated that Brief Core Services (non-pathologizing) be made available to children and families in every community in the Province. His book, (Duvall & Béres, 2011), Innovations in Narrative Therapy: Connecting Practice, Training and Research. WW Norton & Company is the first book to integrate training and research with narrative therapy, resulting in compelling practice base evidence. He has recently completed a chapter (Duvall & Tremblay, 2016) Rosie had Wings They Could not See: A Consultation with Michal White and a Woman Labeled With Dual Diagnosis, in (Pare & Autelle, 2016) Social Justice and Counseling; Rutledge/ Taylor-Francis. He is presently co-authoring an edited book with Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, entitled Collaborative Therapies and Neurobiology: Emerging Practices in Action. Rutledge/ Taylor-Francis.
Jim teaches and consults with organizations internationally throughout Canada, US, Australia and Asia about how to integrate collaborative and narrative practices with socially just practices in order to create accessible and ethical services for people. He is known for his ability to engage people’s curiosity, inviting them to break away from constraining taken-for-granted beliefs in order to move toward a creative philosophy for practicing, making it possible to experience opportunities and increased energy. Jim is noted for his approachable and interactive teaching style.
Jim returned to his hometown in Galveston Island, Texas in 2014. When he is not writing, teaching or training he can be found playing music with his friends or boating on the Gulf of Mexico with his partner, children, grandchildren and their dog, Banjo.
Caroline Tremblay M.A., M.S.W. LMSW, CEAP
Caroline Tremblay is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of JST INSTITUTE. She has over 25 years of rich and diverse experience working with people across the lifespan, from youth in crisis to adults and families. She has provided services in crisis intervention centres, medical and psychiatric organizations, EAP companies, school settings as well as in a private practice. Caroline holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and in Psychology, and is a Licensed Master of Social Work as well as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional.
Throughout her career, Caroline has been committed to a collaborative, strength-based and trauma-informed practice, utilising approaches such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Brief Narrative practices, Motivational Interviewing/ coaching and resilience models. She has experience both as a front line clinician and in management/ training capacities.
Passionate about promoting social justice, inclusion and respect for people’s competencies and self-determination, she is also involved with ethics work as well as in publishing/ writing, acting currently as the Interviews Editor for the Journal of Systemic Therapies. Her book chapter, currently in-press, addresses social justice through narrative practices: Duvall, J. & Tremblay, C. (2015). Rosie had wings they could not see: A consultation with Michael White and a woman labelled with a dual diagnosis. In Pare, D. &Audet, C. (Eds.), Social justice and counselling. Routledge/ Taylor-Francis.
Caroline is a skilled facilitator, known for her inclusive and gentle approach, her resourcefulness and creativity. She is an advocate of collaboration, mutual engagement and partnership, both in teamwork and with client populations. She is particularly interested in the process of engagement, the “how-to” of harvesting people’s skills and knowledge for change. Caroline is available to train in the areas of crisis counselling, brief collaborative practices of client engagement, resilience work, and teamwork and development.
In her spare time, Caroline enjoys gardening, paddle boarding, boating, bicycling and walking on the beach with Banjo, as well as singing and playing music with friends.
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