Dahne Harding has been hired as the new Clinical Team Lead for Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community and Farm.
Harding is a registered clinical counsellor who is an alumnus of the University of Northern British Columbia where she earned a Master of Arts in Gender Studies and a Master of Education (Counselling). Harding comes to Baldy Hughes after 14 years in services ranging from minimal barrier shelters, women’s services, and child and youth mental health. The last six years have been spent working in mental health and addiction services within provincial corrections and the Northern Interior Health Authority, along with teaching on a sessional basis at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is also a working artist, with acrylic paintings in various collections across Canada and the U.S.
She started December 7.
As a counsellor, Harding works from a holistic and client-centered, trauma-informed framework that considers psychosocial and existential context for each individual. Her experience with a wide variety of clients has brought her to a practice that emphasizes the role of the therapeutic relationship and the role of community in the healing journey. In September 2017, this was clear as she presented “Spaces matter: Even in Prisons” at the TEDx UNBC conference. Her talk was collaboration with a long-time client in the BC correctional system and together they highlighted the positive change that is possible for clients and community when there is a collective and honest effort on the part of all stakeholders. The video recording of her presentation can be viewed here:
As a new addition to Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community and Farm, Harding’s new role comprises individual therapy and group process for clients, clinical supervision for staff, and program development. The goal of bringing Baldy Hughes to full C.A.R.F. accreditation will be augmented by the facilitation of collaborative program development that is underscored by the values of 12 Step Recovery Tradition and the research that best supports positive long-term outcomes for clients.