How people heal
e are a team of researchers and clinicians, who help people succeed in building strong mental and emotional health. What speaks most to who we are is our unbending determination to go beyond the call of duty to help clients achieve their goals.
Our team operates within the organization Health Factors, which is an internationally-recognized brand of mental health products, used in 23 countries by both large and small governments, universities, and private organizations. Health Factors was:
- recently granted the SAMSHU status which authenticates it as an evidence-based method of practice
- recipient of the United Kingdom Mental Health Innovation of the Year award.
Additionally we operate the Alive for Wellness Centre. which is a mental health retreat centre led by a skilled team of clinicians and mentors, who help people succeed in building strong mental and emotional health. We use a multi-strategy approach that incorporates Outbound Adventures with in-house core training programs that are followed by home aftercare support.
Currently Vic is Clinical Director at the Alive Wellness Center in-patient program for people working towards mental health well-being. He is also President of Health Factors where he leads a team of clinical researchers whose focus is keeping abreast of the latest findings in the field of advanced behavioral science. The goal of the Health Factors team is to increase the effectiveness and accessibility of treatment for people who want to overcome their mental health struggles and relationship fractures. These findings have been implemented in the following:
- Alive for Wellness (http://aliveforwellness.com/) is a program developed to help people overcome their mental health struggles using a unique comprehensive multi-strategy approach combined with web 2.0 technologies.
- My Outcomes.com (http://www.myoutcomes.com/) is a clinical tool that enables counselors and therapists to improve their effectiveness and increase client success in achieving therapeutic goals. MyOutcomes also includes FIT eLearning, a series of learning modules that increase therapist competencies and qualifies as continuing education credits.
- Health Factors which is internationally recognized for its mental health products used in 23 countries by both private and government clinics, insurance companies, and university clinical training programs. Health Factors has received the following awards and recognition:
- The United Kingdom Medipex NHS Innovation Award for the field of mental health and well-being in 2016.
- Placed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s(SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
- Benjamin Franklin publishing awards for three publications.
- Approved as a supplier of mental health products to the US military and is used on more than seven military bases.
- Selected as a partner with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to promote guidelines for mental health in the workplace.
In his 35-year career, Vic also served as the CEO and publisher of the Alive Publishing Group, a health publishing company with distribution on three continents. One of their publications, the Alive Journal, introduced columns and feature articles covering “Men and Emotion” and “Emotional Intelligence”. This publication drew a readership of over 1 million readers each month.
Vic was also the President of Columbia Group, a management consulting firm that focused on workplace Human Resources and stress management training.
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Derek Sieko, B.S.W., RRP, CVRP,
From his own experiences in recovering from a workplace Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Derek pursued a degree from the University of Manitoba in Social work and went on to begin his career in rehabilitation, with a focus on mental health. He first began working with the Work mans Compensation Boards and then Manulife as a case counsellor, and from this case load and the empathy garnered from his own experiences – a unique style of supporting people in recovery was formed, which ultimately lead to Derek founding Diversified Rehabilitation Group (DRG) – a full service mental health recovery programs to a broad client range in western Canada . As president of DRG, Derek and his team maintain a constant posture towards innovative treatment modalities, which has earned his group respect as leaders in rehabilitation sector. Derek is certified with the Association of Vocational Rehabilitation of Canada and a Registered Vocational Rehabilitation practitioner with the College of Vocational Professionals. His most recent development is a day Emotional Health workshop carried out in the workplace.
Karl A. Peuser, PhD.
Director, Research & Security
Karl, who earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, leads the research and development team for the Health Masters One-on-One and Group programs. The primary focus of the R & D Department is to analyze client data in order to evaluate and insure the effectiveness of the Health Masters programs as well as to develop and research new innovations so as to maintain our goal of continuing to increase program effectiveness. His academic and applied experience in experimental psychology and neurosciences provides Karl with the experience needed to ensure that our Health Masters programs are utilizing the most advanced behavioural science needed to support clients in achieving their health goals.
Karl has a fairly eclectic background in both his personal and academic background. A past Robert S. Daniel Teaching Fellow, he has taught over twenty different courses in psychology, neuroscience, research, history of science and substance abuse. A recipient of the Research Society on Alcoholism Junior Investigator Award, he has done research on the physiological basis of learning and memory, developmental neurobehavioural toxicology, alcohol use and abuse in college age students and harm reduction programs for young children.
Cindy Hansen, BA-Psych, HHP
Director of Online Client Activities
Cindy’s focus during her psychology studies was behavioural health metrics. She is passionate about their application in providing clients with a stronger voice in the client-mentor experience. Cindy has been instrumental in the initial and ongoing innovation of the client dashboard metrics, which has been designed to increase the engagement between clients and mentors throughout the week on top of their regular weekly sessions. Cindy is additionally the Director of R&D for Health Masters’ sister company, MyOutcomes, which maintains ongoing collaboration with pioneering psychologists, Dr. Barry Duncan and Dr. Scott Miller, in the field of Feedback Improved Therapy (FIT). This latter role provides Cindy with the opportunity to collaborate with the MyOutcomes international base of over 3500 therapists who use MyOutcome tools and who are committed to measuring the effectiveness of therapy. Cindy has also worked as a therapist and continues to work with a small list of clients, thus keeping her attuned to client experiences in their use of Health Masters’ tools.
Farida Contractor, B.Com, CHRP
Chief Technology Officer
Farida Contractor oversees information technology (IT) and software development team. Her responsibilities include developing web-based/smart phone tools and insuring compliance with confidentially acts. Farida has more than 25 years of experience leading and implementing a multitude of large IT and software development projects. She was a member of the development team at Winfax that created the first digital fax software. Farida also worked in Deloitte and Touche’s IT division and as Chief Technology Officer of Health Factors Inc. Her leadership skills and commitment to service excellence are an invaluable resource in helping to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the client-mentor relationship.
Darcy Kuhl, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Darcy Kuhl leads the clinical leadership team and supports research and development for new treatment programs. His clinical background providing therapeutic and case management services involved an impressive array of settings such as: Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna Mental Health, Crossroads Treatment Center, Metis Community Services and Westbank First Nations. Through this breadth of work environments, he gained expertise in providing effective treatment for a number of http://strongmentalhealth.net/our-team/psychological/behavioural areas of concern including: stress, depression, anxiety, anger, addictions, trauma, phobias, grief and loss, parenting, and marital/relational challenges.
Darcy was the Team Leader in the development of WISE (Weight Loss In Supportive Environments), a behavioural-based weight loss program that has been used by employees in over 60 USA and Canadian companies. WISE involves weekly teleconference phone calls and keeping individuals engaged via social media tools that help them to develop skills to ward off emotional and addictive eating.
He holds a Master of Social Work degree with a clinical focus in mental health. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers
Linda Shevkinic ,MA, MPCC,
Director of At Home care
Linda Shevkenek, MA is the facilitator of the At Home Care Program. After more than 10 years in private practice, Linda believes that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved by medication alone. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress, and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. It is important to understand that you will get greater results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to bring what you learn in session and group back into your everyday life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in sessions, at homecare will include some activities outside of therapy to support your process-such as weekly telephone calls, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors/patterns, or taking action on your goals. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. The At Home Care Program is part of the value you will receive at Alive For Wellness.