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 

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)