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The Box & The Circle Workshop  

Experiential exercise:

The Indigenous Worldview and Healing as a Process

Two-Day Professional Development Workshop         

The Indigenous Worldview and Healing as a Process

Indigenous families are communally based with relationships situated at the core of community and family. This is distinctly different from the western, nuclear-based, individuals-focused family system. In this workshop roles, responsibilities, relationships, and gender of the Indigenous circle worldview will be reviewed. 


The traditional ancient teachings of Indigenous cultures are providing profound healing methods and perspectives to those on their healing journey.  This workshop can be applied to the healing of many topics: sexual abuse, abandonment, grief and loss, violence, fostering and adoption, couple relationships, residential school trauma, emotions especially anger and depression

The teachings and the model have been used globally by professionals seeking to create impactful workshops that address cultural sensitivity, the history of colonization, and supporting critical work to advance anti oppressive, inclusive practice.


  • Exploration of  the 4 key principles of the Indigenous Family System 

  • Understanding the Indigenous worldview and its 180-degree difference from the western worldview 

  • Understanding Historical Trauma 

  • Experiential learning of the Indigenous worldview 

  • Knowing the challenges of being a Residential School Survivor and the impact that has on the family system

  • Understanding the challenges of living in two worlds 

  • Practical tools for use in reducing the trauma factors for individuals, couples and families

Who Should Attend? 

  • Youth Workers 

  • Psychologists

  • Family Therapists

  • Trainers

  • Teachers

  • School Personnel 

  • Family Support Workers 

  • Counselors 

  • Nurses

  • Social Workers

  • Foster Parents 

  • Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Frontline Workers 


Jann Derrick PhD, RMFT

Jann has been in practice as a Registered Family Therapist since 1978. She closed the clinical part of her practice in March 2013 in order to devote her time to mentoring and teaching, writing and support of service delivery to Indigenous communities.

Jann is of Mohawk ancestry and specializes in working with Indigenous Families and events that have impacted them ~  Historical Trauma, Residential School, and the intergenerational impacts of both.


Jann did pioneering therapy work with residential school survivors in Lytton, B.C. in the 1980s. She has worked at Round Lake Treatment Centre as a clinical supervisor, a trainer of Drug and Alcohol counsellors, and as a therapist in the Centre’s innovative Trauma Recovery Program for Native Trauma. She facilitated a National Aboriginal Focus Group that created a Code of Ethics for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.  Jann has contributed to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  She continues to offer clinical supervision to multiple Indigenous agencies, as well as provide information to governments and policymakers on Indigenous social development and healing recovery.

As a Registered Family Therapist, Jann is a Clinical Fellow and a Supervisor Mentor in the Canadian Registry of Family Therapists. She is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

She presents workshops and training throughout Canada and internationally in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Ken Genlik RSW, RMFT, RCC, CCC. PsyD


EMDRIA Certified /Approved Consultant 

AAMFT & CAMFT Approved Supervisor

Neurofeedback Clinician & Attachment Researcher

Ken is a complex trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and relationship expert who is also a Doctor of Psychology, a registered social worker (RSW), and a registered marriage and family therapist (RMFT). 

He has enjoyed practicing individual, couples and family therapy for many years. Ken is a researcher and his research focuses on trauma, attachment, self-love and connection to self. 

Mr. Genlik uses evidence-based treatment modalities that have been researched internationally and found to be the most effective approaches to attachment, stress, complex trauma, PTSD and relational trauma.

FEE: $600 including GST 

                Lunch included 

Workshop Registration starts at 8:15 am

The workshop ends at 4:45 pm

Venue: Holiday Inn Express Winnipeg Airport 
              1740 Ellice Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0B3

Early Bird Registration – $ 500 (including GST) until June 30, 2023

Regular Registration rate of $600, including GST applies after June 30. Register early and save!


Group Rate: Ask about a discount if you are registering as a group (3 or more individuals)

Students: Ask about a discount if you are a full-time student.



106-55 Nassau St North

Winnipeg, MB R3L 2G8

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