About

David T Renaud 

MSW RSW, he/him

Hi there, I’m David! I am a Settler from the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples, and today gratefully acknowledge my living in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.

I am a Registered Social Worker focused on clinical and social care. Since 2014 I have been privileged to sit and talk with thousands of people, and to accompany them for at least a short distance in their journey. I view these expeditions as essential not just for our individual happiness and well-being, but also for our movement toward a world that is more kind, just, and humane for all.

Prior to private practice I spent fifteen years in the public and non-profit sectors, starting out in frontline care and legal advocacy, before arriving in the field of counselling. Most recently I served for five years as Clinical Lead of BC’s largest mental health and addictions treatment centre, where I led a team of nurses, doctors, counsellors and caseworkers in delivering comprehensive mental healthcare services. 

Outside the office I spend my time restoring old furniture, exploring the hidden geographies of the west coast, and unwinding with Casey and Otis, my human partner and canine partner, respectively.

My approach

I believe that we are all inherently capable of achieving wellness. When we encounter problems with our wellness, this is because we face obstacles — internally or externally — which interfere with our natural self-righting processes. I thus see my work as helping you to identify and resolve these obstacles.

My approach can be practical and goal-oriented, or exploratory and supportive. Either way, my emphasis is on helping you realize your vision of a happy, well-crafted life. This looks different for everyone, but people who work with me are usually pursuing one or more of these forms of change or growth:

Whatever you’re looking for, I encourage you to reach out to share a consultation with me. We’ll talk about what you’re specifically looking to accomplish, and I’ll share with you ideas to help you arrive there.

Credentials

Education

Master of Social Work
University of British Columbia

Social Work and Social Development
University of Waterloo

Baccalaureate of Arts
University of Guelph

 

Registrations

Registered Social Worker
British Columbia College of Social Workers
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

 

Therapeutic training

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dr Diana Fosha, AEDP Institute

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Praxis CET

Addiction Medicine Diploma
University of British Columbia + BC Centre on Substance Use

Cognitive Processing Therapy
Vancouver Coastal Health

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills 
Behavioral Tech x Psychwire

Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience
Dr Diane Poole Heller

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Sue Genest MSc RCC CCC

Narrative Therapy
Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy

Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray
Dr Madeleine de Little

Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy
Therapsil Canada

 

Additional training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Canadian Mental Health Association

Emerging Respiratory Viruses, Including Covid-19: Methods for Detection, Prevention, Response and Control
World Health Organization

Indigenous Awareness Certification
Indigenous Awareness Canada

Integrated Trauma Therapy: Incorporating IFS with EMDR, SP, CPT, AEDP, DBT, and Psychedelic Medicines for Treating Complex Trauma and PTSD
Internal Family Systems Institute

Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Naloxone Administration
Fraser Health Authority

Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response
Fraser Health Authority

Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person
Dr Elaine Aron

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
BC Provincial Health Services Authority

Trauma-Informed Support Skills
Canadian Mental Health Association

Understanding Emergency Worker Trauma + Understanding Firefighter Culture and Trauma
First Responder Health

“We make our world significant
by the courage of our questions
and by the depth of our answers.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos