Born in northern Alberta, John
spent his childhood and later years working on the family farm.
He attended Grande Prairie Regional College from 1978 to 1981,
and in 1983 received his B.P.E. (Bachelor of Physical Education)
from the University of Alberta.
John has worked for over 10 years
in various child welfare/social services positions in Edmonton
including: Group Home Worker in a youth treatment centre, In-Home
Family Support Worker and Family Counselor. In 1997, he received
a Master's Degree in Counseling from Gonzaga University, Spokane
and in the next year began his studies at the C.G. Jung Institute
in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2006 he received his diploma, moved
to Edmonton, Alberta, and began his private practice. He lives
with his wife, Monika, and two daughters Theresa and Johanna.
The training facility at the
C.G. Jung Institute (one of some 20 located all over the world)
is a rigorous PhD equivalent program, requiring a minimum of
a Master's degree to apply and is a minimum of four years in
length. Trainees, many of whom are MDs, psychiatrists and psychologists,
study a wide variety of areas including: psychopathology, religion,
interpretation of dreams, mythology, ethnology and picture interpretation.
All trainees must undergo at least 300 hours of personal analysis,
as well as 200 hours of supervised work with patients. A practicum
at a mental health facility is also required.
Today there are a growing number
of analysts and training institutes in the world, stemming from
a variety of countries including Switzerland, Germany, England,
Brazil, Japan, the U.S. and Canada.
John is a member of the following
Association of Analytic Psychologists (IAAP)
of Graduate Analytical Psychologists (AGAP)
Counselling Association (CCA)
Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT)