Sectors of Practice
Through her company True Dialogue, Gayle provides mediation services for Family Law and Child, Youth and Family Enhancement (CYFE) Act Matters, formal client grievances, workplace disputes, student conduct and engagement issues. For over 15 years, she has provided training to social workers in collaborative decision-making processes (family group conferencing and talking circles) to aide in safety assessment or permanency planning meetings, which aligns nicely with Signs of Safety.
As an Indigenous practitioner, she specializes in historic trauma recovery and restorative mediation to effectively stop the cycle of violence set in motion by colonization and residential school. By honouring traditional ways of knowing, Gayle affirms the power of circles for restoring or building respectful environments for violence prevention or as an intervention strategy to deal with wrongdoing (hurtful/harmful behaviour) in any setting.
Gayle also serves as Western Canada Representative for the International Institute for Restorative Practices www.canada.iirp.edu providing training in Basic Restorative Practices and Conference Facilitation.
- Central Alberta
ADR Training & Qualifications
Qualified Mediator, ADR Institute of Canada. Received Interest-Based Family Mediation Training from Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, Resolution Services; and Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Peacemaking Mediation Certificate Training. Licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) - provide training in Developing a Restorative Practice Framework, Using Circles Effectively, Family Group Conferencing and Restorative Conferencing. Trained traditionally by Cree Elders in Understanding Restorative Practices "Wahkohtowin", which is a universal philosophical concept applicable in any setting, offering a culturally competent approach in dispute resolution.
Other Professional Qualifications
Master of Arts in Leadership & Training, Royal Roads University. Completed a narrative inquiry research project sponsored by North Central Alberta Child & Family Services, Human Services, to design a Family Group Conference (FGC) model. Model is endorsed by Blue Quills First Nations College Social Work Program, ALIGN Association of Community Services, IIRP Canada, and is published by the Center of Excellence for Child Welfare, in a book entitled "Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare". www.cecw-cepb.ca; 14 minute Education video can be obtained by going to www.ncsa.ca.