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.





Ken Schwartz, MD,FRCPCis 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.






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.





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.






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”.



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