Centre for Response-Based Practice

Promoting growth through respectful Counselling & Consulting

The Centre for Response –
Based Practice: Interior Region

Kamloops, British Columbia

At the Centre for Response-Based Practice, we aim to provide and promote socially just and effective responses to violence and other forms of oppression and adversity, through direct counselling services, education, research, supervision and advocacy.

The Centre for Response-Based Practice guides and co-ordinates research, development, and the application of Response-Based ideas in various settings. We aim to partner with individuals and organizations to promote the development and application of these ideas, to increase awareness, and to empower individuals and organizations in the use of Response-Based practice.

Response-Based Practice is a specialized model for working with individuals and groups experiencing diversity, including violence and injustice. It acknowledges pre-existing competencies evident in everyday living and in the most adverse circumstances. The “problem” resides not in the minds/brains of isolated individuals but in mistreatment and humiliation of those individuals, in the context of violence and injustice, and through negative social responses from social network and institutional actors. (From: Response-Based Practice – Encyclopedia Description)

Our work experience is collectively broad, and includes the following:

  • Adults, families, couples, children and youth counselling

  • Working for victims and offenders of violence

  • Specializing in experiences of loss and grief

  • Children and youth with special needs (and their families), including an Autism diagnosis

  • Youth using substances, and their families

  • Eating disorders and body image challenges

  • Sports and athletics counselling

  • Views of the child reports

  • Clinical supervision and organizational development

Above all else, The Centre for Response Based Practice’s approach is straight-forward and considers the full context of people’s lives and circumstances. We understand people of all ages and backgrounds can be faced with violence, oppression and adversity. The dignity of all should be respected and protected.

DR. SHELLY BONNAH
DR. SHELLY BONNAHPh.D., RCC
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ROBB DOLSON
ROBB DOLSONM.Ed., RCC, CCC
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SHANNON RITCHIE
SHANNON RITCHIEM.C., RCC
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As part of our core values, each counsellor reserves 5-10%
of our caseloads for pro bono or sliding scale work, in service of our community.

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