Executive Director Jon S. White

Mr. White is a Family Therapist, an Addictions Counsellor and the Executive Director of Partners Counselling & Education Services. He is  also the Founder and International Director of Dream School International. Jon has worked extensively with men, women and children in Canada, the U.S. and the former Soviet Union and with children and families in Bosnia and Croatia during the war there. He also worked extensively on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. He is a skilled and experienced therapist in dealing with trauma and loss and has counselled Canadian Forces members for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder arising from foreign service. He has wide-ranging experience working with adults around the issues of anger management and partner abuse, sexual abuse, alcoholism and substance abuse.

Jon has been in private practice continuously for 33 years. Conservatively, he has done more than 35,000 direct clinical hours with clients: children, teens, adults, couples and families. Additionally, he has delivered close to 1000 psycho-educational and therapeutic group sessions. Many of these individual and group sessions had substance abuse and addictions as a core feature. He has taught and lectured extensively to children and adults, private corporations, school boards, staff and students from elementary through to college level schools and universities.

For four years, Mr. White was also the Lead Instructor of the Addictions and Community Services Worker Program at a College in York Region, ON.

Authorship:

  • “Quiet Desperation: The Neglected Tragedy of Male Suicide in Canada”
  • Roofies, Roaches and Rainbows,” a guide to 2000 drugs and psychoactive   substances,  organized by street name;
  • “Yearnings: The Artful Technology of Impossible Dreaming”
  • “Sacred Hearts: Stories of the Children of War in Bosnia and the Children of Chornobyl”
  • Dancing with Katrina,” the story of my experiences as “Canada Jon” in southern Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina;
  • “Dedicated Dads” – evidence-based parenting for fathers of children 0-16 years.

Honours and Awards:

Governor-General’s Award
Governor-General, Vasily Silenko, of Cherkassy Region, Ukraine
For his work in Ukraine in 1996 and for my story “A Picnic in Pripyat,” concerning my personal journey to Chernobyl, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster, in 1996.

Governor’s Award for Meritorious Service to the People of Mississippi
Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour
For his volunteer recovery and rebuilding work in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina
as Founder of C.O.D.R.A. – The Coalition of Disaster Relief Agencies in Pearlington, Mississippi

2010 Dream Award
– For teaching excellence

For a full resume of Jon’s work – here in Canada and abroad – please contact him at:

jwhite@partnerscounselling.com

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