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Attachment Network Annual General Meeting

May 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up, and this year we are pleased to announce that the AGM will include a presentation by Dr. Jann Derrick.

Please join us virtually on May 19th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.  (AGM to follow at 1:00 p.m.)

Please email admin@attachmentnetwork.ca for your FREE Zoom link.

“Traditional Ways of Family Attachment”

Jann trained first as a teacher then as a Counselling Psychologist with a specialty in Relationship and Family Therapy. She is a Registered Family Therapist and Supervisor in the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a member of the  Canadian Psychological Association.  Jann is of Haudensaunee/Mohawk, Irish and English heritage. She is the mother of three children and the Dotah/grandmother of nine.

She has been in practice for 40 years in Vancouver and the British Columbia Interior.  Jann has taught in all parts of Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia on topics pertaining to relationships, Indigenous Historical Trauma, Lateral Violence/Lateral Kindness, Survivorship and Wellness, and two worldviews ~ “The Box and the Circle”.  Jann’s passion is the healing of Indigenous families, and sharing knowledge of Indigenous family systems.  She continues to serve within Indigenous communities who are reclaiming traditional roles with children and youth, and healthy relationships.

She did pioneering therapy work with residential school survivors in Lytton, B.C. in the 1980’s and was part of the first residential school court case in Canada.  Jann was the clinical supervisor at Round Lake Treatment Centre where she also trained Drug and Alcohol counsellors, and provided therapy in the pioneering Trauma Recovery Program for Aboriginal trauma.  

In 1998 she facilitated a national Aboriginal Focus Group that created a Code of Ethics for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the community projects it funded.  

She has published professionally on The Box and the Circle and Aboriginal Family Systems, as well as contributing to books such as The Dispossessed by Geoffrey York, Voices of Colour – First Person Accounts of Ethnic Minority Therapists ed. Rastogi and Wieling, and Multicultural Couple Therapy ed. Rastogi and Thomas.  Her research Kahwà:tsire:  Indigenous Families in a Family Therapy Practice with the Indigenous Worldview as the Foundation was published online in June 2017.   Jann contributed to The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, 2020, Indigenous Families in Canada, Wiley Publishers as well as multiple Journal publications.

She has served as a director on the Board of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She was part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada.  She worked with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission, as well as Strategic Priorities of the Ministry of Children and Family Development in BC.  Jann was awarded the John Banmen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Therapy in B.C. in 2003.


May 19, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm