Faculty Profile - Geri Bemister

Geri Bemister

Geri Bemister


Humanities & Social Sciences

Subjects: Criminology
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4026
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711 ext. 8759

Designated interventionist and human behavioral scientist, Geri (Bemister) Williams'  career has been largely focused on working with some of BC's most prolific and violent offenders.

Currently, her portfolio primarily concentrates on individual therapy and family counselling encompassing trauma and addictions. Geri is active in several proactive syndicates such as membership in the BC Recovery Council, and subsequently, a working group member of the BC Centre of Substance Use; appointed member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction; Canadian Centre Substance Abuse; and most recently, an interventionist on the documentary series, Intervention Canada.

She is engaged in studying the psychopathy of trauma and addiction and where they meet, which guided Geri to becoming a counsellor and criminologist. The axis of her belief is that addiction is a spiritual sickness of the mind with a spiritual solution. She also invests a significant portion of her career to advocating for First Nations people in the Criminal Justice System. Apart from working in addictions, Geri teaches post-secondary courses in criminology and law on Vancouver Island, is the executive director of a recovery society, owns a consulting company and commits much of her spare time to diversified culturally-based practices such as gathering in ceremony with family, community and elders.

CRM-101 Introduction to Criminology

CRM-131 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

CRM-135 Introduction to Canadian Law & Legal Institutions

CRM-230 Criminal Law

CRM-241 Introduction to Corrections

CRM-251 Introduction to Policing



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