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Debra Williams

BSW Honours, RSW

Hello, I'm Debra Williams, a proud First Nation woman and a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I am honoured to serve as a dedicated practitioner at Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa, leveraging my unique insights and extensive experience to support those seeking help in their journey toward healing.

Throughout my career, I have not only drawn from the wisdom of my First Nation community and my formal education but also from an extensive list of professional training and certificates. I am trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Counselling Strategies, and Trauma Counselling, amongst others. This varied toolkit ensures a comprehensive, flexible approach to individual needs and aspirations.

As a provider for the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, I also possess specialized trainings in First Nations Cultural Sensitivity, signifying my commitment to delivering culturally empathetic services.

My heritage plays a significant role in my work; I am the granddaughter of a Residential School Survivor. This deeply personal connection inspires me to work diligently towards reconciliation, healing, and understanding. My involvement in notable events, such as the Papal apology/visit to Quebec City with Kateri and First Nations survivors, reflects my dedication to these efforts.

In addition to my practical experience, I believe in continuous learning and keep myself updated with current literature and theories in the field of Indigenous studies. Notably, I have gained rich insights from books like "First Nations in the Twenty-First Century" by James S. Frideres and "Wicihitowin-Aboriginal Social Work in Canada" from Fernwood Publishing. The writings of Richard Wagamese, a renowned Indigenous writer, particularly resonate with me and inform my approach to understanding and addressing the socio-economic issues impacting Indigenous communities today.

Welcome to a space where your story is honoured, your cultural background is respected, and your potential is nurtured. I look forward to accompanying you on your journey towards wellness.

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