Faculty Profile - Georgette Whitehead

Georgette Whitehead

Georgette Whitehead


Human Services

Master of Social Work, Dalhousie University

Subjects: Human Service Worker, Social Services

I have been a sessional faculty member in the Human Services Program since 2013. I have had the privilege of teaching many different courses in the program, particularly within the Social Service Worker Diploma. My professional background includes many years of direct social work practice with individuals and families, as well as ten years of non-profit management experience as the executive director of a community agency. I have a thriving private practice providing counselling and mental health support, with a specialty in working with trauma and PTSD.  I facilitated mental health training workshops for nine years and have co-facilitated several specialized programs and groups. 

As a social worker and counsellor, much of my work has been with women with lived experience of gender based violence, as well as individuals and families struggling with poverty, marginalization, and the effects of personal or intergenerational trauma as well as the effects of residential school and systemic discrimination.

I appreciate working with students who are eager to learn and work in the field of social services. I feel honoured to be able to share my knowledge and experience. 



Master of Social Work, Dalhousie University

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Victoria, (Distinction) 

Strategic Leadership Program - Royal Roads University 


Registered Member of the BC College of Social Workers

Registered Member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors 

HSW-152 Foundations of Human Service Practice

HSW-170 Education Assistant/Community Support Practice Experience I

SSW-120 Foundations of Social Service Practice

SSW-122 Social Welfare in Canada

SSW-123 Advanced Interpersonal Skills Practice

SSW-150 Social Services Practice Experience I

SSW-204 Program Planning, Development And Implementation

SSW-206 Self Care in Human Services

SSW-208 Social Work Practice in Mental Health And Addictions

SSW-209 Contemporary Perspectives on Substance Abuse

SSW-250 Advanced Practice Experience Social Services

  • From 2011 - 2014 I managed a project with the overarching goal of reducing barriers to accessing services and supports in Campbell River for women with lived experience of gender-based violence or abuse. I authored three front line worker training modules and delivered more than 50 workshops 

  • In 2011 I lead a project called, Women and Homelessness: How Can We Help? This project provided direct services to women and extensive training to front line workers in Campbell River and northern island communities. I was a keynote speaker at a two day training conference

  • In 2011 I was invited to facilitate a plenary session at a national forum in London, Ontario on women and homelessness. Ths was the first annual national forum entitled, "All Our Sisters." http://www.alloursisters.ca/sites/default/files/library/1A_-_How_Can_We_Help.pdf


  • From November 2017 - February 2018 I was involved in a pilot project with a local community agency to deliver a voluntary program for men who identified as using violence towards women. I co-facilitated a 14 week group, adapted, assessed, and developed curriculum, and participated in evaluation.

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