Joseph has been a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction. He is also a long-time practitioner of meditation. Dr Joseph Litven received his PhD from Stanford University in 1973. Since then he has been a practicing psychologist and organizational consultant, specializing in mindfulness based executive coaching and strategic interventions in the health care system. He has also helped to develop and lead a 4-week curriculum for addictions services clients and staff based on the view and practice of mindfulness. Joe has been a practitioner of meditation for over 30 years and for most of that period has taught meditation programs throughout the world. He has also been a radio DJ and currently is enjoying his family and bicycling in the countryside of Nova Scotia.
Heather Gaskill, Registered Social Worker, is a clinical therapist with Community Mental Health, where she primarily works with clients struggling with symptoms related to complex trauma. Prior to her current position she spent several years as a therapist for women with Addictions Services, providing both individual and group therapies and planning the Women’s Program for the Halifax Regional Municipality. She has a long history of working with women who have histories of sexual assault and abuse, and has worked as a therapist, advocate, and community educator for several sexual assault centres, including Avalon Centre in Halifax; she is particularly interested in the intersections between trauma and addictions. Heather holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Victoria, a BSW from McGill University, and an MSW from Dalhousie University. She has been practicing mindfulness for over 10 years, which forms the foundation of her approach to clinical work.
Mary Goodman, Ph.D., is a counseling psychotherapist registered with the Nova Scotia College of counseling therapists. She maintains a private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works primarily with individuals and couples. Her Master’s degree in clinical psychology (Naropa University, Colorado, 1981) prepared her to apply contemplative approaches to therapy, while her academic doctorate in psychology (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California, 2008) allowed her to further her interest in life-span human development. Mary has received specialized training in a variety of therapeutic approaches ranging from Transactional Analysis and Gestalt methods, to Rogerian client-centered approaches, such as Experiential Focusing, to Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples, to trauma-informed treatment modalities, such as EMDR and Logosynthesis. Underlying all of these is her belief in the fundamental healthiness within human beings and a deep commitment to the therapeutic relationship and process with her clients.
Dr. Sam Hickcox is a family physician who has been in practice for 10 years, maintaining several specialized practices in rheumatology, mental health, and addictions medicine. He is currently cross- appointed as a staff member with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Departments of Family Medicine, Medicine, and Mental Health and Addictions. For the past two and a half years Dr. Hickcox has worked with Addictions Services in Halifax, as a staff member with the withdrawal management unit as well as with the opiate treatment program. He is a passionate proponent of the harm reduction approach to addiction treatment. Dr. Hickcox’s work is informed by his commitment to serving marginalized populations in an urban setting and improving access to evidence-based care for addiction and its medical, social, psychological and spiritual sequelae. He brings the experiences of a 30 year meditation practice to his work, and sees mindfulness as a crucial strategy in the recovery process.