Treena Huxley, MC, R. Psych (AB&BC)
“Life is a journey and not a destination” ~Barry Marcus
Treena views the destinations in her life as stops she is making on her journey. In 1993 she began with the work of literacy spearheading a street literacy program and prison literacy program on Vancouver Island. In this capacity Treena worked on the frontlines with inmates and street youth facilitating learner-driven functional literacy skills. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria in 1995, she decided to take her degree and work in Japan teaching English as a second language for several years.
Upon arriving back in Canada, and prior to starting a Master’s degree in Counselling, Treena worked directly with children who were diagnosed with physical, emotional and behavioural disorders in the school, home, and community settings. She began to recognize the serious need to further support not only the child with the disability but the entire family. This experience motivated Treena in furthering her educational and professional development so that she had a greater expertise to offer the children and family members.
In 2008, Treena graduated from Campus Alberta with a Master’s of Counselling. Her final research project was titled “Self Regulation in Children with Autism”. This project examined the way that engagement with a child diagnosed with autism may have an impact on the child’s ability to regulate their physical and emotional states and the therapeutic implications of these interactions.
Treena was keenly interested in different ways to provide optimal support to families in their home and community settings while enriching the relationships between family members, in particular, child-parent relationships. Her learning was enriched by a more in-depth study of Attachment Theory and the applications of this theory on interpersonal relationships.
The opportunity to have lived in different cultures, travel, and work with a multitude of families in their home settings has allowed Treena to gain further insight into the unique needs of a family and it’s members and gaining the respect of each family environment as a unique culture within itself.
Treena also was given the opportunity to do therapeutic work through a “Head Start” preschool program where she worked with children who came from ‘at-risk’ environments and as a family counsellor in a child and youth mental health facility. Treena believes that she will continue to reach the destinations on her journey and recognize different ways that individuals and families can be supported and strive to create opportunities for engagement interpersonally, within a family, and within their community.