Jackie Kinley, MD, FRCP(C)  is a Psychiatrist, Associate Professor (Dalhousie University), and Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Association for Group Therapy, Training and Facilitation. Her expertise in psychiatry and research focuses on the neurobiology of attachment, looking at stress, trauma, and resilience. This was the inspiration behind Air-Institutes, which delivers training programs to enhance emotional fitness and well-being.




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Karen Redhill-Feinstein M.A. C.Psych.Assoc. is in private practice in Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology, has trained extensively in group therapy in the UK and Toronto. She has led a variety of groups, presented at numerous CGPA conferences and provided group-training workshops. She is a past director of the CGPA Toronto Training Program and co-founder and co-director of the Toronto Institute of Group Studies. She has also provided clinical supervision in the areas of individual and group psychotherapy to mental health professionals.




Aida Cabecinha, OTReg. (Ont.); Dip. CGPA,  Learn Grow Function Therapy Aida is a Co-Director of the Toronto Institute of Group Studies and is involved in training mental health professionals in group facilitation and group therapy. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist and has been a mental health clinician for 30 years. She currently has a psychotherapy private practice offering both individual and group therapies. She has facilitated Group 101 training days and ETGs for  CGPA. Currently she serves on CGPA Board of Directors where she chairs the National Training Committee.



2-5x7 USBKasra Khorasani MD, FRCP(C)  is a group psychotherapist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Toronto, Kas assumed the role of president of the association in September of 2015. He facilitates process groups and supervision groups for psychotherapists as well as supportive interpersonal groups for the elderly in nursing homes and patients in psychiatric units. He is a faculty member with the University of Toronto, and on staff at St Michaels Hospital and at St Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. He is the founder of TS Medical Centre, a multi disciplinary community of psychotherapy practitioners in downtown Toronto.



Joan-Dianne Smith, MSW, RSW, FCGPA is a clinical social worker in private practice in Winnipeg. She is the Past President of CGPA. Her background includes teaching group therapy, and designing and supervising therapeutic groups in mental health and community settings. She has been a frequent presenter and faculty member at both the AGPA and CGPA Conferences. Joan-Dianne believes in life long personal growth, learning, and integration, and continues to work regularly with her own consultants.



RuthRuth BZ Thomson, MSW RSW is a Clinical Social Worker, private practice and Inter-Professional Faculty member at St. Boniface Family Medical Centre, Winnipeg. She serves on the CGPA board, and is involved locally in CGPA in Manitoba. She has specialized in working with older adults, offering individual, family and group therapy.  Ruth has taught group therapy through the Continuing Education department at the University of Manitoba, and she has led workshops which blend psychodynamic and mindfulness therapies.





Tim Culver, MD FRCPC, is the Director of Psychotherapy Training for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. He also works at the Psychiatric Adult Services in Calgary as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the U of C. He has been training Psychiatry residents in Group Psychotherapy for over 10 years.




LindaLinda Goddard,RSW, CNS, MA, is a Clinical Specialist across several mental health and addiction programs within the Calgary Zone, AHS. She provides group therapy teaching, supervision, and consultation. She also consults to program supervisors. She continues to practice psychodynamic individual and group therapy. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary. Linda is a Fellow and past president of CGPA.  She frequently offers group therapy workshops and leads process groups at regional and national conferences.





Deborah Schwartz, MD, FRCP(C)  is a psychiatrist in private practice,  specializing process oriented group psychotherapy for the treatment of Compulsive Overeating and the other Eating Disorders, as well as the range of addictive disorders and the underlying trauma.  Over the years, she has presented many workshops at the AGPA, CGPA,and IAGPC.  She is the recipient of the 2016 Alonso Award of Excellence for her article “A Substance Called Food: A Long-term Group Treatment Model for Compulsive Overeating”.



Consultants for the Experiential Training Groups:

allanAllan Sheps, MSW, RSW, FCGPA. In addition to maintaining a general Private Practice in Thornhill, Ontario, Allan has a strong focus on group therapy with men.   He is a past president and Fellow of CGPA and currently a Co-Director of the Toronto Institute of Group Studies. He consults, has published and is a frequent group therapy presenter.




kenKen Schwartz, MD,FRCPC is a group psychotherapist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Toronto. He has served as treasurer of the CGPA since 2014. Ken leads 10 weekly groups at the Baycrest Psychiatric Day Hospital and three long-term care homes. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and has led experiential training groups for the CGPA and University of Toronto Psychiatry Residents for the past 10 years.