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Carole Ames


Masters in Therapeutic Counselling, International Institute of Integral Human Sciences in association with The Open International University, (2001). Courses included developmental and transpersonal psychology; human relations; clinical interventions. Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo (1980). Courses included social planning, community development; policy development; design; strategic planning; multi-disciplinary approaches.


Diploma in Counselling, The Haven Institute for Professional Development, Gabriola Island, BC, (2000). Course work included Chinese medicine; child development; personality styles; boundaries; family systems; relationships; philosophy & ethics

Certified Satir Practitioner, SATIR Professional Institute of Manitoba and Tillicum Haus Native Friendship Centre, Nanaimo (2005). Course of study involved understanding, facilitating, and teaching the approaches to facilitating personal transformation originated by Virginia Satir.

Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) Practitioner Training (2 years) through Pacific Northwest IBP Institute.


The Haven Institute for Professional Training, Gabriola, British Columbia

  • Core Faculty Member, 2006-present
  • Director of International Relations, 2005-2014
  • General Manager, 2000-2001

Creative Pursuits (Facilitation, Counselling & Consulting Services), Victoria, British Columbia

  • Founder and Principal, 2002-present

House of I, Jackson Hole, Yanqing, China

  • Foreign Leader/Teacher/Coach, 2015-2017

Crisis Centre of Greater Vancouver, Distress Line Program, British Columbia

  • Program Coordinator and Trainer, 1996-2000

City of Yellowknife Planning and Lands Department, NWT

  • Planning Manager/Director 1987-1990
  • Planning and Development Officer 1986-87


Member, Core Faculty, The Haven Institute for Professional Training 2006-present
Member, Canadian Institute of Planners (Retired) 1983-present
Member, Planning Institute of British Columbia (Retired) 1990-present

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Museum for Psychosomatic Medicine, Orenda Tribe

AIRS Institute for the Advancement of International Rehabilitation Standards

Love International Psychosomatic Medical Exchange Association

Taiwan's Changhua Christian Medical Group