My name is Craig Norris and I want to thank you for visiting Forseti Clinical Services. I'm registered as a Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW). The RCSW designation is an advanced category of registration in BC that few social workers attain. An RCSW designation signifies that a social worker has proven an advanced level of practice in domains including: Human development across a lifespan, assessment and diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions (counselling). An RCSW can independently use the DSM-5 to assess, diagnose, and treat emotional, behavioural, and mental disorders for the purpose of providing interventions to improve a client's functioning. Registration with the BCCSW protects the public by ensuring that social workers maintain standards of practice including minimum educational requirements and ongoing professional development. I am also a member of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW) and am bound by a Code of Ethics that holds me accountable to values that are integral to social work practice.
I believe strongly in community engagement and volunteerism. I currently sit on the Board of Directors of PLEA Community Services and am also a volunteer clinician with the Provincial Health Services Authority Disaster Psychosocial Service. Here are two links to training videos that I was interviewed for on the role of psychosocial support in Emergency Operation Centres after disasters.
I have a Masters degree in Social Work and am a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. I work as a Research Project Coordinator at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA). I’m also a Doctoral Trainee with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), a program within the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. My research focuses on the intersection of mental illness, substance use and criminal justice involvement and the health impacts of embedding police officers in psychiatric treatment teams.
I have a degree in Criminology and my early career involved work in the criminal justice system. I also have advanced training in alternative dispute resolution techniques including restorative justice and have practiced these forms of mediation for a number of years. I am trained in a variety of criminogenic risk assessment tools (such as the PCL-R and PCL-SV which assess psychopathy, the RSVP which assesses sexual offending risk, and the SARA which assesses risk of intimate partner violence).
I also have extensive experience working with children, youth, and adults negotiating struggles with mental wellness and issues related to their use of substances. This experience includes both hospital and outpatient settings. I have worked in programs such as Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Car 87 (Crisis Response Program), and Acute Home Based Treatment (AHBT). I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Social Work and was formerly a faculty member at Douglas College in the Child and Youth Care Counselling Program.
Over my years of practice, I have also provided clinical supervision and mentorship to students and clinicians from a variety of professions (counsellors, therapists, social workers).