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Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson)

Dr. Michael Dadson has been counselling for more than 30 years, earning his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology, at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada, in November, 2013

Dr. Mike Dadson’s Ph.D. research question: “How do men construct the process of therapeutic repair from trauma experienced in their relationship with their fathers?”

M.A. Counselling Psychology, May, 2005: Dr. Michael Dadson’s Masters research question: “What is the lived experience of being in a close relationship with one’s father?”

Dr. Michael Dadson’s Key Accomplishments:

As the National Executive Director and National Clinical Director (VTN), Dr. Michael Dadson, worked in partnership to expand the Veterans Transition Network throughout Canada and
assembled a skilled and capable team to support the needs of veterans across the country.

Dr. Dadson’s work with the VTN also led the establishment of the first women’s veteran groups and the first French-speaking veteran groups. In this role Dr. Michael Dadson was responsible
for building a national team of psychologists and therapists trained in the recovery of trauma and group therapy, through recruitment, training, and development efforts.

Dr. Michael Dadson served on the board of the Centre of Group Therapy and Trauma at the University of B.C. and the board of the International Society of Trauma and Dissociation.

During Dr. Dadson’s tenure at the VTN, he was asked to create an educational model for the purpose of training psychologists and counselors in the fields of group therapy and trauma on a global scale.

As an Adjunct Professor at UBC, Dr. Michael Dadson also designed an educational model for training psychologists and counselors in group therapy and trauma on an international scale.

Dr. Mike Dadson partnered with a diverse group of professionals, including physicians, clinical counselors, nurses, and specialists in disability concerns and learning resources, to develop a University Wellness Model that integrates the concepts of identity development, career counseling and coaching.

In partnership with others, Dr. Mike Dadson developed a University Career Model that integrates the concepts of identity development, career counseling and coaching.

As a supervisor, Dr. Dadson oversaw the delivery of therapeutic services to individuals facing a wide range of psychological difficulties, including borderline depression, eating disorders, anxiety, relationship problems, suicidality, gender identity concerns, cross-cultural challenges, self-mutilation, and spiritual distress.

By initiating the development of internship supervision, Michael Dadson increased the department’s capacity with a strategy to deliver services. Dr. Michael Dadson also conducted trauma outcome research, both quantitative and qualitative, at a student healthcare center, using their findings to inform curriculum and psycho-educational workshops.