Barbara Forest, PhD, Lifespace Director & Core Trainer
A leader in the field, Barbara has been training professionals for over 40 years, in both traditional and innovative settings (e.g., creating a prevention-oriented skills-training social service organization—Human Service Community, Inc.). Her method is an inspiring life-changing process that enriches both your inner and outer life. (Click on Photos of Barbara.) Here is a very brief summary of her career as a personal counsellor & counsellor trainer (teaching):
Background of Barbara Forest, PhD (Highlights)
B.Sc. double honours, Biology & Psychology at York University.
Started training with Ralph Bierman, PhD: high level counselling skills training, plus training in how to effectively train others. Supervised steadily by Dr. Bierman as a counsellor (including working as a counsellor in U of W Student Counselling Services) until 1976 (with more recent supervision every so often).
Began training other counsellors, supervised steadily by Dr. Bierman until 1976 (with more recent supervision every so often).
M.A. in Psychology (also obtained “ma”!—son is born 1972; daughter, 1974).
Ph.D. in Psychology.
Wide variety of both traditional and innovative settings (as a therapist and as a trainer). Explored a variety of spiritual trainings.
Co-implemented Human Service Community, Inc. (preventive social service), on a team directed by Dr. Bierman, setting up mutual help networks in Guelph, and training trainers to carry on the work.
|1977-1978:|| Two 1-month summer intensives in Vipassana (Insight) Meditation (2 weeks “karma yoga”—service, and 2 weeks meditation).
Staff member for 2 years at Twin Valleys School—a residential treatment centre for adolescents. Twin Valleys was run by EDL—Emissaries of Divine Light—and I attended the various EDL Spiritual Leadership Training courses at other EDL centres (including the 1 month and 2 month residential intensives). This was the clearest and most powerful presentation of Spiritual Truth Principles, and of our responsibility to bring that into manifestation, that I had encountered (and was why I lived at Twin Valleys).
Moved to Toronto and began a private practice and conducting counsellor skills training groups. Developed my 7-step method, incorporating spiritual principles along with in-depth therapeutic transformational processes.
Established Lifespace Institute of Transformational Counsellor Training (Toronto).
Field Faculty Member for Norwich University (Vermont, U.S.A): Supervising M.A. student programs & theses.
Faculty Member for Mount St. Vincent University (Halifax, N.S.). Teaching my counsellor training Core Courses as M.A. level courses.
First grandchild is born! (I now have 6!)
Continuing my education: participating in a broad range of ongoing training and experience in psychotherapeutic and spiritual disciplines. (Includes intensive training in New Code NLP with John Grinder and his group, Gestalt, focusing, Carkhuff’s communication training workshops, relationship counselling, play therapy with children, Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, AutoSomatic Training with Phil Walsh, Therapeutic Touch with Delores Krieger, the Radiance branch of Reiki, Attunement with EDL, and Expressive Arts Therapy, etc.)
Instructor/Trainer for other groups, schools, agencies, etc.
Member of a Playback Theatre Troupe (led by David Jurasek) and training & performing in improvisational theatre, clowning, and improvisational singing.
|1982-Present:||Directing and teaching the counsellor training courses at Lifespace Institute of Transformational Counsellor Training (Toronto). Also: supervising student counsellors and working with private clients, both individuals & couples. Writing training manuals and a book on the transformational principles and processes.|
In addition to Barbara Forest, PhD, the Core Faculty member, other Faculty Resources are available to teach Module 3 and 4 courses, with sufficient student interest, and to offer support to the Module 1 & 2 programs.
The opportunity is available to Lifespace Graduates and Advanced Students to train as Trainers and to assist with the Core Program and supplementary courses.
Résumés of other Faculty Resources are in process.