Welcome New Counselling Practicums!
May 25, 2021
QMUNITY is pleased to welcome Brettley and Jessamyn as our two new practicum students to join the Counselling program.
Having them join means we are able to offer more free counselling sessions to LGBTQ2SAI+ people. We’re pleased that we will be able to offer this important service once again.
The purpose of the Counselling Practicum program is to provide free counselling to members of the LGBTQ2SAI+ community and their families for up to 10 sessions as well as to train the next generation of practitioners and equipped them with the particular knowledge of working with queer people.
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Counselling Practicum Student (Clinical MSW stream)
Brett is a queer, trans white settler with roots in Calgary and the West Coast, living in Chemainus on Stz’uminus and Cowichan Territory, doing their Clinical Masters of Social Work through UBC. They received their BSW from the University of Calgary in 2010 and have been working in LGBTQ2+ services since then. She was the Executive Director, Support Worker, Educator, and Volunteer Coordinator at Calgary Outlink, an LGBTQ2+ support centre in Calgary, for 5 years. and worked as a health navigator at Trans Care BC for 3 years.
They have lived experience as a fat person, a non-binary trans person, a queer trans person, and as someone with a disability, and mention these things for the benefit of people who may be more comfortable with a counsellor with these pieces of shared lived experience. He also has professional experience in the areas of sexual health and sex positivity.
Counselling Psychology MA Practicum Student
Jessamyn is a queer second-generation Taiwanese settler living on the traditional
and stolen lands of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm peoples. Jessamyn is completing their Master’s in Counselling Psychology at SFU, where their research focuses on the accessibility of sexual and reproductive healthcare for individuals affected by mass conflict.
Jessamyn brings a background in sex-positive sexual health education and advocacy work, along with experience developing harm reduction resources. They have served as an advisor and facilitator for SARAVYC’s workshop series on affirmative parenting practices for East Asian parents of queer youth.