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Katherine Jarrell MSW, RSW joined the Alberta School Mental Health Literacy Project in 2019. She has been with Alberta Health Services in a mental health capacity building role since 2013, serving as an Education Consultant and Clinical Consultant to support rural educators, physicians, clinicians and other direct service providers in their work with children and youth. In her work at Mount Royal University, Kathy served as a subject matter expert for the Children’s Mental Health Certificate program, and has taught clinical courses primarily in the Social Work program. In 2011, Kathy was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Within AHS, Kathy has partnered with the Provincial Mental Health Promotion and Injury Prevention team to deliver training in Disaster Preparedness, including facilitating School-based Psychological First Aid. In addition, Kathy continues to provide counselling in private practice, primarily using a CBT approach.
Dr. Tanya Mudry is a registered psychologist and assistant professor of counselling psychology in the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. She supervises and trains counselling psychology students, practices family therapy at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, and has a small private practice. She has specialized clinical training in child and adolescent mental health and family therapy. Tanya’s research and writing have focused on family therapy, excessive behaviours, addiction and recovery, and relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families.
Marwa Fadol is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a Mental Health Therapist with Alberta Health Services, providing triage and assessment to people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. Marwa has been a Core Trainer with the Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project since 2014 and has over a decade of experience in school-based and community mental health. She also has a private practice where she works with individuals and families around various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and attachment and family relationships. Additionally, Marwa consults with community and faith-based organizations on topics related to mental health. As a clinician she believes that people are the experts in their own lives and have within them the strength and capacity to enact change. Marwa approaches her work through an attachment and developmental lens and sees that her role as a therapist is to help empower people to write their own life stories, explore their own values and beliefs about how the world works, and develop authentic, fulfilling relationships.
Tannis Niziol, M.Ed, is currently supporting Alberta teachers as a Professional Learning Facilitator with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. She recently served as a curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, in both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Tannis remains passionate about teaching and learning, and the need for explicit literacy apprenticeship at all levels in all subject areas. Tannis is a voracious reader who believes all students deserve access to rich, diverse reading experiences and to a safe equitable space to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel. She is on a journey to disrupt and bring clarity to the conversations that drive our planning and assessment practice.
Heather Rootsaert is the Physical Education, Health and Wellness Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools. In her 23 years of teaching, Heather has been blessed with the opportunity to teach K-12 in various schools and subject areas but always physical education and health. In her current role, Heather works to support administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students of all ages. Heather has been actively involved at the provincial and national level in all things physical literacy for the majority of her career, making life long friends and fostering her love for learning. She has presented countless sessions at conferences throughout the province and across the country in everything from curriculum to assessment to engaging recess to team building to student leadership. At the end of the day, Heather has a true passion for being active and a love for finding a place for everyone.