Dr. Allan Wade

allan wade, response based practice, dignity 2016

Dr. Allan Wade began his work as a family therapist in 1983, training with the Milan team at events organized by the Orcas Society, a group of independent mental health and community development professionals in the Duncan area.  Prior to entering private practice, Allan worked in federal corrections, youth work, addictions services, child protection, and as a special education teacher.

In 1999, Allan completed his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Victoria.  In the course of his Ph.D. training, Allan focused on the micro-analysis of face-to-face communication, and on the connection between violence and language.  His dissertation is entitled, “Resistance to Interpersonal Violence:  Implications for the Practice of Therapy”.

Allan continued to work as a family therapist while completing graduate studies.  With colleagues Linda Coates and Nick Todd, Allan developed “Response-based Practice”, which is both a method of working with victims and perpetrators of violence and their families, and a framework to guide professional interventions, research on social responses to interpersonal violence, and research on the connection between violence and language.

Allan teaches locally and internationally.  He provides supervision and conducts workshops with criminal justice and mental health professionals from across the range of agencies involved in cases of interpersonal violence.  These include professionals in shelters and transitions houses, police, legal counsel in family law and domestic violence cases, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, child protection teams, researchers and academics, policy analysts, counsellors and therapists, nurses, community development and prevention professionals, and community members and activists in pursuit of social justice.

In 2010, Allan was acknowledged for “Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Clinical Counseling” by the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.  In 2008, he was made an honourary member of the Metis community, by Metis Family Services in Victoria.  In the same year, Allan was acknowledged with “The Tulip” award by the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, for partnership in forming socially just responses to interpersonal violence.