The Vidaview Life Story Board™ Team

Rob Chase MD, MSc.  Winnipeg, Manitoba
Life Story Board Creator, Vidaview Founder and Director

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Rob has developed the Life Story Board concept and methods over 20 years of research and collaboration, first with humanitarian NGOs working with war-affected children in Sri Lanka and Uganda, and then with aboriginal and newcomer communities in Winnipeg. In 2009 he launched Vidaview Information Systems Ltd, as a university-developed company, to produce Life Story Board™ Toolkits and develop LSB training, evaluation, user support and research.

Rob is Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg Canada. His sub-specialty area is community medicine with clinical work in occupational health; he teaches undergraduate medical students and graduate students.

Contact rob.chase@vidaview.ca

 


 

Sabrina La Tona M.S.W. R.S.W.

Individual, Child and Family Counselling
LSB Clinical User, Trainer

Sabrina has been practicing as a clinical social worker for 14 years using an anti-oppressive focus . With strong foundations in clinical treatments she offers expert training and supervision of the Life Story board.  As clinical lead of the Life Story Board (LSB), she also participates on various committees and projects sharing her expertise and knowledge by using the tool in both clinician interventions and research.

Sabrina has worked extensively in multidisciplinary settings such as Community Health, Adult Mental Health, Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health. Sabrina continuously invests in her development and engages in extensive training including the areas of Child Trauma assessment and intervention; in Play Therapy Training with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy along with Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

In her private practice in North York, Sabrina works with individuals, children and families to tell their story by applying a trauma, attachment and play therapy lens. By using the LSB toolkit, Sabrina achieves positive results with children and adults alike, supporting them in their efforts to heal and accomplish their therapy goals.


 

Soren Trotman CCC
LSB Clinical User, Trainer

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I have been a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in good standing for over 5 years and have been certified with the CCC designation (Canadian Certified Counsellor). I graduated from the University of Victoria in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and graduated from Gonzaga University with a Masters in Counselling in 2012. I have been a youth care worker for high-risk street youth in Prince George, BC and Victoria BC while completing my undergraduate studies. Soon after completion of my Masters degree I obtained employment as an associate of a clinical psychologist, an associate of a narrative therapist, and an associate of a family therapist. In conjunction with these 3 positions, I also developed and led an addiction therapy program. I used the Life Story Board in all of these positions with a wide range of clients proving the versatility and effectiveness of this therapeutic approach. My skill set includes: person-centred therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, gestalt therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, and solution focused therapy. I specialize in addiction management, trauma management, depression management, anxiety management, anger management, and crisis and suicide intervention.


 

Alfred S. Koineh, MSW, RSW, CCC
LSB Clinical User, Trainer

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Alfred Koineh is a Social Worker and Program Manager for Clinical/Social Work Services at Mount Carmel Clinic, Winnipeg, under the Community Outreach and Multicultural Wellness Program.

Alfred was an early participant in LSB training in 2011 and using it since. With his coordination the social work team at Mount Carmel Clinic participated in the 2011-2014 clinical research project of Maria Fernanda Medina MSc in Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba “Disclosure of Difficult Life Events with a Visual Tool (2014)” (see Research). He is an active proponent of the usefulness of LSB in clinical counselling.

Alfred has worked in areas such as: child welfare, health, immigrant settlement and disaster relief (Sierra Leone Red Cross and International Committee of Red Cross). He has been part of many networks, projects and research initiatives involving settlement, war trauma and victims of torture issues, both in the United Kingdom and Canada. He is specialised in war trauma and torture related counselling. He currently sits on the WRHA Immigrant and Refugee working group, member of MIRSSA Health/ Mental Health Committee and Manitoba Recovery Champions Committee.

Contact: Email: askoineh@mountcarmel.ca


Janet Cullen, M.A., RP

LSB Clinical User, trainee supervisor

Janet has been practicing as a psychotherapist for 8 years using a strengths based approach, with strong foundations in Trauma, Attachment and Neurobiology.  While a newer member of the Life Story Board (LSB) team, Janet has utilized the LSB through the provision of therapeutic services to adolescents within the youth justice system and previously, with parents as part of the completion of extensive family assessments.

Janet has worked primarily in Children’s Mental Health both in Canada and the United States.  As a self-proclaimed “neuro-nerd”, Janet engages in ongoing professional development including the areas of brain development, trauma, attachment and ongoing development of her clinical skills.

Through Janet’s current position with a non-profit agency serving the Upper Ottawa Valley in Ontario, she works with children and their families through a variety of modalities, utilizing a trauma, attachment and neurobiology lens. By using the LSB toolkit, Janet engages children/adolescents and their families, supporting them in their journey of overcoming past experiences.


Shelley Sherriff, Victoria, British Columbia
Product & Program Developer, Assistant Trainer

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Shelley joined the Vidaview team in 2009, initially as a writer and web designer; her role soon grew to include many aspects of developing the Life Story Board Toolkit™ concepts and components, training resources and delivery strategies.  She has many years’ experience creating online and print reference, instructional and promotional materials for public and private organizations.

Her background is in cultural and medical anthropology, and since 1997 she has been a member of the Process Work Institute learning community, training in Process Oriented psychology and facilitation.

Shelley has long been interested in the power of Story for individual and community healing and growth, and guides Life Story Board™ sessions for personal exploration and development.

Contact shelley.sherriff@vidaview.ca


 

Maribela Arruda-Block M. Ed. High Level, Alberta
LSB Clinical User, Trainer

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Maribela’s education consists of a Bachelors of Arts in Justice & Law (1994); Applied Counselling Degree specializing in sexual abuse, domestic violence, and addictions (1998); and Masters degree in Educational Psychology (2003). She has have Level II certification in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics from the Child Trauma Academy with Dr. Bruce Perry (2012). As well, she has extensive training in cross cultural awareness/sensitivity.

She has worked for several community service agencies and a few government departments (i.e. Justice, Health, and Education). She is skilled in providing clinical treatment, clinical case management, monitoring progress, and evaluation, and has facilitated treatment programs in a variety of clinical settings. Over the last ten years she has been working with children, youth, and families from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, within the education system and the mental health system.