Dr. Alison Wells-Dyck is privileged to have worked with a diverse group of children and adolescence over the last 35 years. She has a passion for teaching and learning and considers herself a life-long learner. Alison has been an early childhood educator, classroom teacher, school guidance counsellor, leaning support teacher, post-secondary instructor, and children’s ministry leader and has her PhD. in Inclusive Education. In each of these roles she has been, and continues to be, an advocate for inclusion. She believes every child needs, and desires, a place to belong where they are loved and accepted for exactly who they are. Alison is an adoptive mom, and “grandma Al” to six grandkids.
She has a passion for working with kids from hard places and has recently completed the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner training with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. Alison has also completed Trauma Competent Caregiving (TCC) with Back2Back ministries and as an affiliate of Back2Back she can train, TCC trainers. She is a volunteer with Forever Families Canada, serving as the Coordinator of the CareWell Academy. Alison currently lives in Winnipeg with her husband Allan.
I have been a social worker with Winnipeg Child and Family Services since 1995 with a secondment to Metis Child and Family Services as a Permanent Ward Worker for a few years.
I have worked in various capacities in child welfare including as a Resource Worker, Family Service Worker, Permanent Ward Worker and currently as a Treatment Foster Care Worker.
I became interested in Trust Based Relational Intervention at an Empower to Connect Conference. Following the conference, I started showing Treatment Foster Parents the video resources of the TBRI Principles and having consultation related to situations with the children in their homes. The video instruction has been extremely practical and helpful in their fostering. Their connections with their foster children have improved along with positive behaviour developing.
I am thrilled to be a part of the CareWell Academy team bringing this valuable approach to help equip foster parents and bring healing to the children they care for.
Cindy Geddert, M.A. Counselling
Cindy Geddert is a counselor and parent educator/consultant for CareWell Academy. Cindy has completed TBRI practitioner training as well as Theraplay Level 1 training. She is a therapeutic foster parent and foster parent trainer with B & L Homes for children. She started her work with children in camping ministry, then in family support, and on to youth ministry. Cindy and her husband began fostering in their early married life while she obtained a Masters in Counseling and worked as a Women's residential dean at Briercrest College