Shawna Paris Hoyte is a highly regarded and sought-after interdisciplinary and inter-professional practitioner in clinical and forensic Social work where her focus is on mental health and addictions, and her clinical specialty is depression care, anxiety and trauma. She is also a well known and reputable family law, criminal law and human rights social justice advocate and lawyer. As an educator, she teaches clinical law practice, cross-cultural studies, law and social work, social work and diversity in Canada and human development and environments at several universities in Canada. As a current PhD student, her doctoral research and studies in social work focus on the trans-generational transmission of trauma and the impact on the biopsychosocial development of African Canadians and Indigenous African Canadians.
Shawna has experience in cultural competency consulting worked for many NGO’s, government and grassroots and community-based organizations assisting in program development and implementation for marginalized populations.
Her Clinical and Forensic Practice Framework is anti-oppressive, feminist, culturally competent interventions that are trauma informed, client and solution focused and employing a critical thinking and race lens.
Program Development: Cultural Competency Education and Program Development, Race and Culture Equity- Policy Development, Human Development and Environments, Corrections Programming, Court Reports and Assessments - Race and Culture Impact Assessment, Parental Capacity and Access Reports in Family Law, Criminal Law and Child Protection Cases.
Specialities: * Trauma * Anxiety * Depression
Issues: crisis intervention, school and social anxiety, life transitions, suicidal ideation, coping, relationship, couples counselling, parent & child conflict, domestic violence and abuse, grief, self-esteem.
Mental Health: mood disorders, personality disorders.
Treatment Approach: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-focused Therapy (SFT), Relational therapy, Trauma-focused.
Assessments: Consultation on Race and Culture reports, parental capacity, access reports and child wishes statements.
Modality: in person - individuals and group.
*Twenty-two years practise in Family Law, Child Protection Law, Criminal Law, Youth Justice Law and Human Rights.
*Appear at all levels of court and tribunals including the Supreme Court of Canada ( R. v. L.T.H. SCC, 2008).
*Trial Consultant: specific to issues of race and culture, trial prep, relevant assessments and reports.
*Assessments: cultural competency consulting on Impact of Race and Culture reports, parental capacity assessments, access reports and child wishes statements.
*Clinical Instructor – third-year law students in the above-noted areas of practice.
*Adjudicator/Chair –Residential Tenancies Board, Assessment Appeal Court, Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act Board.
*Mediator/ Conflict Resolution – Child welfare cases, family matters, community relations, workplace conflict, parent-child conflict.
*Correctional Services program development for staff and inmates.
*Community Reintegration Programming.
*Trial Consultation specific to race and culture cases.
*Consultation with lawyers and social workers on family and criminal court reports and assessments specific to race and culture.
*Forensic Social Work consultation.
Dalhousie University and University of Calgary – Schools of Social Work
*Law and Social Work
*Diversity in Canada
*Human Development and Environments
*Clinical Law - DLAS
Current research and studies in social work focus on the transgenerational transmission of trauma and the impact on the biopsychosocial development of African Canadians and Indigenous peoples.
For additional information- see Shawna’s curriculum vitae
Educator/Curriculum Development – twenty years as a university instructor in the Dalhousie Faculty of Law -Pre-law and Clinical Law Program. Over twelve years in the Faculty of Health Professions – Dalhousie School of Social Work.
Lawyer – twenty years in practice as a Barrister & Solicitor at Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
Social Worker – fourteen years as a licensed registered private practise social worker with NSASW with a speciality in children and families and mental health and addictions. Training in various evidence-based therapeutic practices. Certificate in Forensic Social Work.
Management/Supervision/Administration – over twenty years in private sector and university sector combined.
Program Development & Implementation- race, culture and equity education program development for courts, government, Ngo’s, and community organizations.
Summary: Extensive work with individuals, community groups and organizations as a lawyer, adviser, licensed private practice social worker, mediator, educator, trainer, consultant, and life skills, counsellor. Specialized skills in cultural competency consulting,restorative practice, cross-cultural, psycho-social services that are anti-oppressive, client and family focused, restorative and solution based.
Nova Scotia College of Social Workers - member since 2004.
Nova Scotia College of Social Workers-licensed private practice SW -since 2007.
Canadian Association of Social Workers – since 2007 - present
Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society – Barrister & Solicitor - since 1995 - present .
Canadian Bar Association – agency membership - since 1995.
National Organization of Forensic Social Worker- USA 2016 - present
Canadian Association of Social Work Education 2016 - present.
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association - member 2013-2015.
Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario – member 2017 – present.
Alberta College of Social Workers – September 2017 – 2018
Speaker & panellist for local and national organizations on a variety of issues related to both law and social work regarding a variety of topics.
NON- PUBLICATIONS Research Articles
· The Children’s Aid Society of Halifax Foundation, The Law and You: Survival Tips – Youth in Care, (Legal Consultant), 2006.
· Hoyte, Shawna, Black on Black Violence Among Adolescent Females, MSW Research Project, Maritime School of Social Work, 2003.
· Hoyte, Shawna, Immigration and the Canadian Labour Market, Independent Research Course, Dalhousie Law School, 1994.
· Hoyte, Shawna, Children and Family Services, “Less Intrusive Intervention”, Dalhousie Law School, 1993.
· Hoyte, Shawna, The Social Assistance Appeal Board in Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Law School, 1992.
· New Canadian Training Modules – Multicultural Council of Halifax, 1976
Memorial University School of Social Work St. John’s, NL
Doctor of Philosophy - present
Research area: Transmission of transgenerational Trauma and epigenetics.
Certificate in Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration
Dalhousie University - Schulich School Law and School of Health Administration
Maritime School of Social Work. Halifax, NS
Master of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
Dalhousie University Faculty of Law & Faculty of Arts Halifax, NS
(J.D.) Juris Doctor Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts
Certificate in Community Development Halifax, NS
Certificate in Mediation – University of P.E.I. & Attorney General
Certificate in Forensic Social Work - NOFSW, USA.
· Canadian Association of Social Workers- National Distinguished Service Award- 2016
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