Joan Spence

Counselling & Coaching Services Inc


Master of Education, Leadership, Simon Fraser University

  • J.Spence.  Mixed Method Study:  Adolescent Female Students and Learning Difficulties. SFU (2013)

Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care, Douglas College-Dean's List

  • International Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • International Studies Award, Douglas College
  • ​ M.Peled, J.Spence, A.Smith, & T.Agg.  Youth Gang-Involvement: Correlates and Protective Factors. Society for Research in Child Development: Biennial Conference, Montreal, QC (2011) 
  •  M.Peled, J.Spence, A.Smith, & T.Agg.  Youth Gang-Involvement: Correlates and Protective Factors. PLEA/McCreary/Douglas College Youth Justice Conference (2011)
  • J.Spence.  Learning Disabled or Disabled from Learning. Douglas College Student Research Days (2011)​


Clinical Supervision, UBC

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training (PESI)

Motivational Interviewing (JIBC)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Change with Any Client (PESI)

Expressive Play Therapy, Justice Institute of British Columbia

Gottman Seven Principle Program Educator, The Gottman Institute

Gottman Bringing Baby Home, The Gottman Institute

Gottman Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program, BC Council for Families

Early Childhood Educator (Infant/Toddler Specialization), Douglas College

Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, Satir Institute of the Pacific

Reiki 1, 2 & Masters, USUI Method/Canadian Reiki Association #15-114

  • Guided Meditation

Self-Employment Program, Douglas College

Davis Method Tutor, Positive Dyslexia

Post Graduate Training/Independent Coursework

Clinical Psychology (Post Graduate Studies)

  • Personality Disorders, Counselling Ethics​, Family Systems, Supervised Clinical Counselling (Divorce Coach) Practicum

Family Violence: Impact on Separation & Divorce (JIBC FAMJ-1002)

Mediation (CLEBC)

Parenting Coordinator Training (CLEBC)

Family Law Act for Mental Health Professionals (BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society)

Gottman Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting

Child and Youth Grief and Loss (Langley Hospice Society)

The DSM-5: Key Changes & Implications for Practice (BCACC-Workshop)

Transforming Trauma (BCACC-Workshop)

Eating Disorders Etiology & Treatment (BCACC-Workshop)

Grief: How to move beyond it (BCACC-Workshop)

Suicide Prevention (BCACC-Workshop)

Practical Brain-Focused Strategies for Working with Depression (NICABM)

Brain-Based Approaches to Help Clients After Trauma (NICABM)

Seven Principles Program for Singles (Gottman Workshop)

Truth & Reconciliation, What that means for you (BCACCS at APSYP Workshop)