Curriculum Vitae

Paul A. Ricketts, M.A.
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (Candidate)
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Appointments

Assistant Professor (Part-Time)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences Faculty of Health Sciences McMaster University

Education

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
1982
University of Guelph
Master of Arts in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy)
1985
California Family Study Centre
Summer Practicuum Internship
Completed a month long internship in Structural Family Therapy with financially disadvantaged, inner city families.
1990
Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic
Intensive Sex Therapy Training Institute
June 9 – 13, 1997
University of Guelph
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) Basic and Advanced Training
June 27, July 25, 1997
Dr. Claude Guldner, University of Guelph
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) Basic Level
February 4-6, 2000
Mrs. Sue Fraser M.S.W., E.M.D.R.I.A. Approved Trainer
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) Advanced Level
November 16-18, 2000
Mrs. Sue Fraser M.S.W., E.M.D.R.I.A. Approved Trainer
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
A joint program by OISE/University of Toronto and Hincks/Dellcrest Childrens Centres.
January 15, 2007-March 5, 2007
Presented by Dr. Nina Josefowitz, Registered Psychologist.
Family Law Arbitration Course
April 12, 13, 20, 21, 27, 28, 2007
Mr. Lorne Wolfson, Lawyer and Dr. Barbara Landau, Registered Psychologist.
Family Mediation Skills: Theory & Practice
February 28-March 1, 2008 and March 26-29, 2008
Conrad Grebel University College/University of Waterloo (Dr. Barbara Landau, Psychologist).
Advanced Parenting Coordination Training
June 24-25, 2009
Dr. Joan Kelly, Psychologist
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (C.S.A.T)
April 2012
Dr. Patrick Carnes, Psychologist and Dr. Ken Adams, Psychologist, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

Professional Memberships

Ontario Association For
Marriage & Family Therapy
Clinical Member since 1986 (requires completion of one thousand hours of conducting therapy under supervision and course work)
Approved Supervisor since January, 1995 (requires eighteen hours of supervision-of-supervision, a course in supervision and completion of at least 2000 hours of therapy). This designation is required to supervise therapists wishing to become Clinical Members.
Registered Sex Therapist
Board of Examiners of Sex Therapy in Ontario (B.E.S.T.C.O.) since May 2000.
Approved Supervisor
Board of Examiners of Sex Therapy in Ontario (B.E.S.T.C.O.) since November 2004.

Clinical Interests

Anxiety Treatment
(Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Adults)
Depression
(Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy with Adolescents and Adults)
Sexual Addiction/Compulsive Sexual Behaviour/Cybersex
Couple Counselling
Child/Adolescent Assessment and Counselling
Custody/Access Assessments
Parenting Capacity Assessments
Mediation
(Parenting Plans)
Sex Therapy
(Male and Female Sexual Dysfunctions)
Verbally and Physically Abusive Relationships
Reconciliation Counselling
(Couples and Parent-Child Relationships)
Individual Counselling
Dealing with Separation/Divorce
(Adults and Children)
EMDR Trauma Counselling

Professional Experience

January 2010-March 2012
Ontario Correctional Centre (O.C.I.) Brampton, Ontario
Men's Violence Treatment Group
Position: Contract Therapist
1992-March 2008
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (Chedoke Child & Family Centre)
Community Family Treatment Program
Position: Program Facilitator
Duties: Responsibilities include; managing the program budget, supervising the six therapists, ensuring quality management and outcome evaluation research occur and participating in the operation and development of the Child & Family Centre.
1987-1992
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (Chedoke Child & Family Centre)
Community Family Treatment Program
Position: Supervising Therapist
Duties: Supervised a team of three Parent-Therapists who provided in-home counselling to children with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and their families. Worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team that included a child psychiatrist.
1992-Present
Private Practice, Dundas
Position: Director, Private Practice
Duties: Provided individual, child, couple and family therapy
1994
Community Child Abuse Council of Hamilton-Wentworth
Alliance for Sexual Abuse Programs
Position: Group Leader
Duties: Facilitated a treatment group for adolescent male sexual abuse victims.
1990-2005
Maplehurst Correctional Centre
Position: Leader, Male Batterers Group Treatment Program
Duties: Developed and conducted a group treatment program for men who have been violent with their female partners. Prepare reports on their progress in the group and report critical incidents to acting supervisor.
1989-Present
Office of the Children's Lawyer
Position: Social Work Agent
Duties: Completed custody/access family evaluations. Conducted interviews, gathered collateral information, prepared reports, settlement conferences and attended court.
1989-1992
Guelph Correctional Centre
Position: Anger Management Group Leader
Duties: Developed and conducted an anger management group program for inmates serving two years less one day in this medium security institution.
1987-1992
Brian Skerret & Associates
Employee Assistance Program (currently E.A.P. Canada).
Position: Employee Assistance Program Counsellor
Duties: Provided assessment, referral and brief treatment (six sessions) to employees of companies. Presenting problems included: drug and alcohol abuse, wife assault, parent-child problems, work performance difficulties, psychiatric illness and interpersonal difficulties.
1986-1991
Guelph Family & Child Clinic
Position: Therapist, Private Practice
Duties: Provided assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, couples and families. Conducted custody/access family evaluations.
1986-1987
Dellcrest Children's Centre, North York
Position: Clinical Therapist, Out-patient Clinic
Duties: Provided assessment and treatment to children and adolescents with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
1985-1986
Guelph-Wellington Family Counselling
Position: Family Therapist Intern
Duties: Provided assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, couples and families. Consulted to the program providing services to developmentally handicapped adults.
1983-1985
Kitchener Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre
Position: Family Therapist Intern
Duties: Completed individual, marital and family assessments and therapy with a wide variety of presenting problems. Conducted a pre-marital counselling group and a couple communication training program.
1983-1985
Guelph & Wellington Big Brothers Association
Position: Group Program Co-ordinator
Duties: Developed and managed a recreational and a therapeutic group program for "little brothers" between the ages of six and sixteen.
1982-1984
Guelph & Wellington Children's Aid Society
Position: After Hours Crisis Worker
Duties: Responded to child welfare concerns from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the next day. This included; investigating child neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse allegations, managing crises and supervising parent- child visits.
1982-1983
Homewood Sanitarium, Guelph (currently Homewood Health Centre)
Position: Psychiatric Assistant
Duties: Provided counselling to psychiatric in-patients with varying diagnoses.
Summer 1982
Guelph & Wellington Children's Aid Society
Position: Family Protection Worker
Duties: Investigated and provided counselling services to high- risk families and families where child abuse was suspected and/or verified. I was hired under a government grant for the summer.
1980-1982
Guelph & Wellington Children's Aid Society
Position: Group Home Manager, Transition House
Duties: Resided with four residents, sixteen to eighteen years old, who were learning independent living skills. Provided support to residents and management of the home.

Committees

2001-Present
Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
Position: Area Representative
Duties: To be the contact for members in the Hamilton, Brantford and Simcoe regions. To arrange meetings of the members and transmit information from the Assoc. to members.
1996-1999
Mohawk College, Hamilton Campus.
Position: Committee Member, Child and Youth Worker Advisory Committee (Appointed by the President to a 3 year term)
Duties: To advise the Child and Youth Worker Program Faculty in regard to their curriculum.
1994-2004
Community Child Abuse Council of Hamilton-Wentworth
Alliance for Sexual Abuse Programs
Position: Committee Member/Chairperson
Duties: To provide input and feedback to the Co-ordinator of the program regarding financial, planning and programming issues.

Teaching

1999-2007
McMaster University, Centre For Continuing Education.
Position: Co-Instructor.
Mediation Certificate Program.
Course: Family Dynamics (Effects of Separation and Divorce upon Children).

Presentations

May, 1992
Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Centres Annual Conference. Kingston, Ontario.
April, 1993
"Attention Deficit Disorder in Pre-School Children." Jacks and Jills Co-operative Preschool. Ancaster.
October, 1993
"Behaviour Management With Difficult Children." C.H.A.D.D. Support Group (Parents of Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Children).
February, 1994
"Behaviour Management Techniques With Difficult Children. Hamilton-Wentworth Tourette's Association.
April, 1994
"How To Tell If Your Child Is Hyperactive." Public Lecture Series. Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals.
May, 1994
"Reflections From Both Sides Of The Mirror: A Narrative Approach." Ontario Association For Marriage & Family Therapy. Co-presenter.
October, 1994
"Managing Difficult Children." Brampton Tourette's Association.
November, 1994
"Bringing Kids Up Without Putting Them Down." Public Lecture Series. Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals.
March, 1995
Guest Lecturer. Fourth Year Social Work Practice Class. McMaster University.
September, 1995
"Talk To Me: Toward Healthy Communication That Evolves As Your Children Do." Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals.
October, 1995
Guest Lecturer. Fourth Year Social Work Practice Class. McMaster University.

Court Experience

July 3, 1996
Madame Justice Wallace. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Declared an expert witness in the areas of; family conflict, family dysfunction and managing emotional and behavioural problems with children.
November 13, 1996
Mr. Justice Beckett. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Presented evidence related to the views and preferences of three children in response to Section 89 of the Courts of Justice Act.
November 25, 1996
Mr. Justice Czutrin. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Presented evidence related to the completion of a Section 112 assessment under the Courts of Justice Act.
April 23, 1997
Mr. Justice Czutrin. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Presented evidence related to the completion of a Section 112 assessment under the Courts of Justice Act.
June 13, 1997
Guelph Family Court.
Presented evidence related to the completion of a Section 89 assessment under the Courts of Justice Act.
July 24, 1998
The Honourable Mr. Justice Czutrin. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Presented evidence related to the completion of a Section 30 assessment.
February 15, 1999
Milton Provincial Court (Family Division).
Presented evidence related to the wishes, views and preferences of the children.
March 10, 1999
The Honourable Mr. Justice William Festeryga. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Deemed an expert related to the determining of the wishes, views and preferences of children and the expression of opinion evidence.
August 27, 1999
The Honourable Mr. Justice David Marshall. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Presented evidence related to the views and preferences in response to Section 89 of the Courts of Justice Act.
December 18, 2000
The Honourable Justice Mr. Kent. Brantford Superior Court.
Presented evidence related to the views and preferences in response to Section 89 of the Courts of Justice Act.
December 4, 2002
The Honourable Justice Mr. D.M. Steinberg. Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, Hamilton.
Declared an expert witness for the purpose of expressing opinions regarding a parenting capacity assessment.
December 6, 2002
The Honourable Justice Mr. R. Mazza. Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, Hamilton.
Declared an expert witness for the purpose of expressing opinions regarding a custody and access assessment.
May 25, 2004
The Honourable Madame Justice Jane Milanetti, Superior Court of Justice, Brantford.
Declared an expert in child and family reconciliation counselling.
June 14, 2005
The Honourable Mr. Justice William Festeryga. Hamilton Unified Family Court.
Declared an expert witness in the area of expressing opinions in the area of custody and access assessments.
September 15, 2005
The Honourable Justice Mr. Riley. Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, Hamilton.
Declared an expert in expressing opinion evidence related to the views and preferences of children and custody and access assessments.
October 20, 2008
The Honourable Justice Mr. Sheppard. Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, Hamilton.
Declared an expert in completing custody and access assessments.
October 14, 2009
The Honourable Justice Madame Walters. Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, Hamilton.
Declared an expert in completing custody and access assessments.
September 23, 2010
The Honourable Justice Mr. Edwards. Simcoe Family Court.
Deemed an expert in Custody and Access Assessments and Parental Alienation.
January 17, 2012
The Honourable Justice Madame Chappel. Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, Hamilton.
Declared an expert in reconciliation counselling, ascertains the views and preferences of children, parental alienation and emotional and behavioural problems with children.
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