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.

Jim Duvall is Co-Director of JST Institute and Editor of Journal of Systemic Therapies. He has over three and a half decades of experience as a therapist, educator, consultant, speaker, editor and author. Jim is internationally recognized for his practice, research and innovative development in brief and narrative practices. His work aims to integrate time-sensitive therapeutic practices within a philosophy of social justice. Initially developed for therapeutic environments, narrative practices have established a proven history of creating generative constructive movement in a range of environments, including communities and organizations.

Jim has served as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Systemic Therapies for over 15 years. Since 1981 the journal has published manuscripts that are disseminated worldwide that reflect postmodern, social constructionist and systemic theoretical orientations.
Jim served for over 20 years as the Director of Training and Education at Hincks-Dellcrest Institute in Toronto, Ontario and as the previous Director of Brief Therapy Training Centres-International. He has spent over 300 hours studying and collaborating with Michael White in training, writing and community projects.

In addition to numerous articles, book chapters and two books, 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 (collaborative, non-pathologizing) Services 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 offered hundreds of workshops, courses and keynote presentations with organizations throughout Canada, US, Australia, Asia and Europe about how to integrate collaborative and narrative practices with socially just principles in order to create accessible and ethical services for people. He is noted for his interactive teaching style.

Jim returned to his hometown on Galveston Island, Texas in 2014. When he is not writing or teaching 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. LCSW

Caroline Tremblay is the Co-Director and 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 Clinical Social Work in the state of Texas (lic. # 60557).

Throughout her career, Caroline has been committed to a collaborative, strength-based and trauma-informed practice, utilizing 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. Her book chapter 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.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys gardening, paddle boarding, boating, bicycling and walking on the beach with Banjo, her dog, as well as singing and playing music with friends. She also enjoys making jewelry.


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