James Fairbanks

EMDR Basic Training

James Fairbanks, M.Sc. M.Ed.
108 East 27th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5V 2K4
Cell: (604) 720-7201

Clinical Counsellor
– Specializing in addiction, concurrent disorders, personal growth and group therapy –

Qualification Highlights
? Was responsible for the day to day finances of Integra Yoga, at the time the largest yoga and meditation facility in the province.
? Have met and worked with numerous stakeholders in Substance Misuse over the last two decades.
? Am well-known and respected in substance misuse in Fraser Health. Plus I worked for the only directly funded Treatment Centre in Fraser Health for eight years.
? Have represented the Society at TriRAC Meetings for the last eight years.
? Have played a key role in developing and expanding the Clinical program at Kinghaven while the organization has undergone tremendous construction over the last eight years including ensuring that we met and exceeded Community Care Licensing and BC Housing Standards.
? Have conducted annual, new employee and practicum performance evaluations for the last eight years.
? Have played a key role in developing and implementing Kinghaven policy, practices and program development over the last eight years.
? Have facilitated SMART Meetings for the last ten years, regularly 15 ? 20 people from the Abbotsford Community attend these meetings.
? Have supervised Staff and Practicum students at Kinghaven for eight years as well as counsellors at Peardonville society over a span of two years.
? Have played an important role integrating the Employment Readiness Program into the Kinghaven program.
? M.Ed. Counselling Psychology professional with 20+ years of experience in many aspects of individual, family and group psychotherapy.
? Demonstrated ability to work with and facilitate groups.
? Broad knowledge of DSM IV and experience with concurrent disorders
? At the cutting edge in mind/body integration techniques
? Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology
? Skilled member and leader of healing teams
? Served in a wide variety of roles and Committees at Phoenix Gymnastics Society, the largest Gymnastics Society in the Province. Was involved in budget proposals, budget control and budget projections, Board development, facilitating the organization during profound disruption (the Olympics).

Professional Experience
Clinical Manager 2010 ? present
Kinghaven Treatment Centre www.kinghaven.ca Abbotsford, BC
(A residential treatment centre for men recovering from addictions)
? An intensive program generally lasting seventy days with an option for extension up to thirteen weeks.
? Experienced in managing a clinical team serving 52 clients enrolled in intensive group therapy, plus 4 clients in detox and 6 clients in a stabilization residence.
? Coordinator – responsible for organizing the Family/ Social Support Day
? Coordinator – responsible for all aspects of the Practicum Program and their Supervision
? Liaise with Correctional Services of Canada on a weekly basis to manage CSC clients at the treatment Facility (Protection Level Status ?B?)
? Facilitator SMART Recovery on a weekly basis.
? Attendee monthly Regional Addiction Committee meetings.
? Provide supportive supervision for counsellors at Peardonville House Treatment Centre www.peardonvillehouse.ca, a centre for women recovering from addiction

Counsellor 2002 ? 2010 (On call to 2016)
Maple Ridge Treatment Centre http://www.mrtc.bc.ca Maple Ridge, BC
(A residential treatment centre for men recovering from addictions)
? An intensive program generally lasting five weeks with an option for extension up to ten weeks.
? Experienced in all seven principal counselling roles: stabilization and motivation, therapeutic, concurrent disorder, evenings, weekends, transitional planning and family program facilitator.
? Served as a Shop Steward from 2003 -2010
? Coordinator – responsible for organizing the Family/ Social Support Day
? Coordinator – responsible for all aspects of the Practicum Program and their Supervision
? Coordinator ? responsible for all aspects of the Alumni Support Program
? Interim Clinical Coordinator when the Coordinator is away
? Worked full-time until 2011, currently an on call casual Counsellor

Guest Lecturer and Coordinator of Family Program 2009- 2011
Baldy Hughes Addiction Treatment Centre and Therapeutic Community
? Organized the first Family Social Support Day at Baldy Hughes. Then continued to support and monitor the program until it was self-sustaining

Casual Counsellor October 2001 ? February 2002
Pacifica Treatment Centre http://www.pacificatreatment.ca Vancouver, BC
(Co-ed residential treatment centre for people recovering from additions)
? An intensive program lasting 28 days exploring all aspects of the recovery process including confronting denial, dealing with triggers, uncovering family roles, accessing deep feelings, developing assertive communication skills and creating a recovery plan.
? Gained experience in four principal counselling roles: process group counsellor, intake, instructor and program development.

Co-Facilitator May 2001 ? July 2001
Family Services Greater Vancouver Vancouver, BC
(The first (in BC) full time intensive outpatient group psychotherapy program designed specifically for men interested in reducing and eliminating addictive substances and gambling from their lives)

? A pilot project designed to explore successive themes directly related to substance misuse on a daily basis; 4 hours/day and 4 days /week.
? The program included components of stress reduction, communication and relapse prevention.
? We explored each theme in 3 general components including experiential knowledge, self-awareness and new skills/options for coping.
? Responsible for pre-screening individuals who were ready for this type of work and creating a space where intensive therapy could be done as safely as possible for three weeks.

Director 1996 – Present
Integra Counselling Services Vancouver, BC
? Private clinical practice serving individuals, couples and families ranging in ages 6 to 85.
? A broad practice working addressing issues ranging from addiction abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, health challenges (HIV+, cancer, Hepatitis C, fibromyalgia), self-esteem, sexuality, post-traumatic stress, marriage and family issues to career direction, personal growth, as well as spiritual concerns.
? Currently seeing clients on a part-time basis.

Assistant Facilitator 2018 – Present
Holotropic Breathing
? I have been facilitating rebirthing/ integral breathing workshops since 1988
? I am currently assisting Carolyn Green with Holotropic breathing sessions in Vancouver and intend to go to the Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum this fall (if it happens) that she is involved in organizing.

Founder 1995 -2004
Integra Yoga Centre Vancouver, BC
? Founded and directed for eight years what was at one time the largest yoga studio in Vancouver.
? Responsibilities included managing the centre, coordinating a full schedule of yoga classes taught by ten other teachers, advertising and promotion as well as a budget of over $200,000.
? Taught a range of classes from beginners through to advanced students in a variety of yoga styles.
? Offered an Intensive Teacher?s Training Certificate program.
? In the past I have taught therapeutic yoga plus yoga for people suffering from terminal illnesses.
? Facilitated several yoga retreats per year for eight to twenty-six people in BC and Alberta for over eight years.
? Guest teacher at Open Door Yoga for their Yoga Teacher Training course for the past three years.
? Every year I continue to be invited to teach at Yoga Conferences.

Retreat Facilitator 1993 -2004
Insight Meditation Retreats BC and USA
? Facilitated 2-10 day retreats three to five times a year since 1993.
? Responsibilities included advertising, registration, organization and facilitation of the retreats.
? Daily retreat schedule involved yoga, intensive meditation, personal as well as group interviews, dialogues plus dharma talks.
? Insight meditation is commonly known as mindfulness meditation.
? This form of meditation is now being taught as a basic life skill in hospitals, healing centers as well as to corporations and individuals across North America.

Board Member 2008 ?2015
Served in many roles on the Phoenix Gymnastics Board
? Phoenix is the largest gymnastics Club in British Columbia with over 100 Staff and 5,000 members.
? The budget/ expenses for the year is approximately $2,000 000.

M.Ed., Counselling Psychology 2000
University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC

M.Sc., Economics 1982
London School of Economics London, UK

M.A., International Relations (incomplete) 1981
Schiller International University Paris, France

B.Sc., Economics 1980
University of Western Ontario London, ON

108 27th Ave E , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5V2K4

Phone: (604) 7207201
Email: jamesfairbanks@shaw.ca

Population Served:

Both Adults and Children & Adolescents


How EMDR is Offered:

Both online and in-person

Areas of Expertise:

Attachment Focussed
Birth Trauma
Critical Illness
Grief & Bereavement
Medical Trauma
Panic Attacks
Physical Abuse
Road Traffic Accidents
Sexual Abuse
Social Anxiety