About

I spent a month in Kenya working with children of all ages.
In July I went to Kenya with my daughter Lucy to over see the work done through Project Kenya Sister Schools

 My name is Dr. Madeleine De Little and I have worked with children and adults for 35 years as a teacher, a community worker, a recreation leader, and counsellor. I have extensive training in counselling, play therapy and in particular sand tray therapy.

I teach Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray to Satir Institutes and other organizations both locally in Canada and Internationally. 

I have written a book called "Where Words Can't Reach: Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray." This book is intended for student and qualified counsellors.

I have completed my Ph.D in the personal growth of counsellors when learning the Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray. The findings showed the profound and lasting personal changes that happened for the participants.

I am currently the research chair of the Satir Institute of the Pacific and a faculty member of the Banmen Satir China Management Centre.

I am a Registered Therpeutic Counsellor, a Master Therapeutic Counsellor and a Registered Clinical Supervisor #2210.

I have three beautiful grown up daughters and a wonderful life partner.


 

Education

November 2017 Ph.D Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

February 2015: Book published, Where Words Can't Reach:Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray

July 2013  Master class by invitation only, "Limitless within limits"

September -2011-May 2012 Supervisor for level 1 participants

2011(August 2011) personally invited by Dr John Banmen to Masters level STST

2005-2010-First, Second, Third, Advanced level, of The Satir Model for Transformational Change.  (STST)

1992- Dip. Ed. Diploma in Education, Guidance Studies (Counselling & Special Education) U.B.C. British Columbia

1985- M.Sc. Master of Science Social Policy (Social Psychology) Cranfield University Bedfordshire, England

1975- B.Ed.  Bachelor of Education (Natural Science, Theory and Practice of Education, Psychology, and Sociology, Philosophy of Ed.) London University, England.

1974 - Certificate in Education, London University, England.

 

Other Courses Taken

  • Anxiety in Children and Adolescence-2001/2007

  • Assessing Parental Ability- March 2002

  • Attachment and the Satir Model-May 2012

  • Balancing the Conflicting Interest-Playtherapy and Clinical Record Keeping- Nov 2003

  • Building Blocks to Restoring Expression-May 2002

  • CBT with Children with anxiety October 2010

  • Child sexual Abuse prevention Feb 1993

  • Child Sexual Abuse reporting 1990-Present

  • Counselling Children with Anxiety and Depression

  • Counselling Children with Learning Disabilities

  • Counselling Gifted Students-Langley 2001

  • Cross Cultural Counselling-Vancouver 1999

  • Dissociation in Children and Adolescence 2001

  • Eating Disorders-Transforming the pain-Satir level 3 April 2008

  • Ethics in Counselling-2000-2010

  • Expressive Playtherapy Methods to help Children who suffered loss-Nov 2002

  • Family Counselling Level 2 -Sept-2005-Feb 2006

  • Family Law in BC- 2009

  • Family Systems Counselling-Intensive -1993-1998

  • Filial Play Therapy

  • Images of Healing in Sandplay Therapy-level 2-April 1999

  • Images of Healing in Sand play Therapy-level 3 August 1999

  • Introduction of Family Therapy Principles into Play therapy-June 2002

  • Loss and Grief Counselling 1993-2007

  • Narrative Therapy and Working with Children with A.D.D. (H)

  • Neuroscience and the Satir model -October 2012

  • Personal Safety and Decision Making –VSB-Feb 1993

  • Play therapy and Attachment disorders-2002

  • Play therapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Play Therapy for children who have been sexually abused. (Justice Institute)

  • Play therapy for Children, who have been abused

  • Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression in Adolescents

  • Restorative Justice for Youth- training for trainers-2006

  •  Reporting Child Abuse-1990-present

  • Risk Assessment of Neglect and Abuse-2005

  •  Risk Assessment for Violence 2008

  • Sand Play: A healing Journey for all ages-Feb 1999

  • Satir Advanced Intense Family Therapy training- July 15th-21st 2007 and July 3-9th 2008

  • Satir Family Counselling Level 1 -Jan 2005-August 2005

  • Satir Family Counselling Level 2 –Sep 2006-Feb 2006

  •  Second Step Training for Trainers and Second Step Training-1990

  • Self Harm in Adolescents Vancouver 2007-11-26

  •  Sexual Health in adolescence

  • Sexually Intrusive Children-creating a safety plan-Jan 2008/April 2008

  • Suicide as a Solution to Pain-the Satir Model-January 27th, 28th 2007

  • Suicide Assessment and Prevention-1990-2010

  • Supervision of my counselling work-Starting September 2007 for 10 months.

  • Supporting Children from Violent Homes-October 2002

  • The Use of Play in the Assessment of Children Referred for Abuse-Related Issues-Jan 2003

  • Transforming and Integrating Internal Parts-Nov 29, 30th 2007

  •  Transgender, Gay and Lesbian issues

  • Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression in Adolescents

  • Restorative Justice for Youth- training for trainers-2006

  •  Reporting Child Abuse-1990-present

  • Risk Assessment of Neglect and Abuse-2005

  •  Risk Assessment for Violence 2008

  • Sand Play: A healing Journey for all ages-Feb 1999

  • Satir Advanced Intense Family Therapy training- July 15th-21st 2007 and July 3-9th 2008

  • Satir Family Counselling Level 1 -Jan 2005-August 2005

  • Satir Family Counselling Level 2 –Sep 2006-Feb 2006

  •  Second Step Training for Trainers and Second Step Training-1990

  • Self Harm in Adolescents Vancouver 2007-11-26

  •  Sexual Health in adolescence

  • Sexually Intrusive Children-creating a safety plan-Jan 2008/April 2008

    Suicide as a Solution to Pain-the Satir Model-January 27th, 28th 2007

  • Suicide Assessment and Prevention-1990-2010

  • Supervision of my counselling work-Starting September 2007 for 10 months.

  • Supporting Children from Violent Homes-October 2002

  • The Use of Play in the Assessment of Children Referred for Abuse-Related Issues-Jan 2003

  • Transforming and Integrating Internal Parts-Nov 29, 30th 2007

  •  Transgender, Gay and Lesbian issues
  •  Transsexual issues for youth November 2010 Vancouver
  • Trauma Counselling using the Satir Model-June 9th, 10th 2000
  • Trauma of Sexual abuse
  • Threat Assessment-recognizing potential risk of adolescents of seriously harming others. Level 1 and 2 January 2013
  • Understanding and recognizing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder-November 2007

  • Understanding the DSM 4-2004-2005

  • Violence prevention

 

Work History

2008-2016 Head of Counselling Department, Senior Counsellor Langley Fine Arts School Grades 1-12, and Head Teacher

2005-2008 p/t Counsellor at Langley Fine Arts School, Grades 6-10, Science 11/Psychology 12, Planning 10

2004/5 Teacher of Psychology 12 at Langley Fine Arts School

2003-2005 -Elementary School Counsellor, Belmont Elementary School, Langley

1998-Present –p/t  Private Practice. Specializing helping clients transform the impact of negative experiences. Contracted to Criminal Victims Assistance Program, Aboriginal Family Services, Katziie First Nations, Kwantlen First Nation, Ministry of Children and Family Development, (M.C.F.D.),ICBC, Children's Variety Club, Subpoenaed to court to advocate for children 2006/2013. View of the Child Reports, Mediation prior to J.C.C.  Designed purpose built playhouse for children at the bottom of my garden for healing and transformation.

1998-2003-Elementary School Counsellor, Fundamental School, Langley. 

1992-1998-Elementary School Counsellor, Bayview Elementary School, Vancouver. 

1990-1991-District Career Counsellor for all the High Schools in Vancouver

1989-1990-Counsellor for Students with Disabilities, Vancouver

1989-1989-Counsellor at Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver.

1986-1988-Special Remedial Teacher for Adolescents with dual diagnosis of Severe Learning Disability and Conduct Disorder, Vancouver 

1984-1986-Science Teacher at Avalon Alternate School for emotionally abused youth

1983-1984-Substitute Teacher, youth and seniors’ Coordinator at Douglas Park and Britannia Community Centres. Vancouver.

1979-1983-Part Time Adult Education Coordinator at Barr’s Hill Secondary School, Coventry, England.

1979-1983 -Part time Teacher for ‘At Risk Adolescents’, Barr’s Hill Secondary School Coventry, England.

1977-1979- Community Science Teacher at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottingham, England. 

1976-1977- Science Teacher, Kingsdale Comprehensive, Brixton, London England


Workshop Presentations

  • October 2017 Presentation at the British Columbia Teachers Federation "Super Conference" on  "An Introduction to Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray."
  • May 2017 Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association conference In Newfoundland presentation of a workshop on "An Introduction to Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray."
  • May 2017 BC Play Therapy Conference presentation of "Spirituality in the Sand Tray."
  • May 2017 Presentation to Surrey School District Counsellors on "An Introduction to Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray"
  • April 2017 Dawson Creek School Districtn#59 training therapists and school counsellors Level 1 Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray
  • January—July 2017, Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovakia workshops on Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray
  • October 2016 Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray , BC School Counsellors Conference, Richmond B.C.
  • October 2016 Presenting my Ph.D research on "Transformative Counsellor Training" at the International Transformative Learning Conference, Tacoma, Washington.
  • June 2016  Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray at the international Global Satir Conference, Vancouver
  • October 2015 BC School Counsellor's Association workshop
  • August 2015  Thailand, Prague, Bratislava, Satir in the Sand Tray to Doctors, child psychiatrists, child psychologists.
  • October 2014  BC School Counsellor's Association workshop on Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray workshop
  • July 2014 Czech Republic Neuroscience and Satir in the sand tray part 3
  • March 2014 International Family Therapy Association , Panama City , Panama, Family therapy through play.
  • March 2014 Workshop on Neuroscience and Satir in the sand tray at the British Columbia Play Therapy Association/ CAST Play Therapy Conference 
  • November 2nd/3rd 2013  Neuroscience and Satir in the sand tray, Lady Smith, Vancouver Island (see Satir Institute of the Pacific for application form)
  • July 2013 Czech Republic Level 2 workshop Satir in the Sand Tray for Therapists not trained in the Satir Model/Slovakia Level 4 Satir in the sand tray.
  • March 2013 Level 3 part 3 workshop Satir in the Sand Tray Fort Langley, B.C Canada
  • July 2012
  • Czech Republic and Prague workshops on Satir in the Sand Tray
  • March 2012
  • presentation to the International Family Therapy Association Conference, Vancouver BC
  • August 2011 workshops on ‘Satir in the Sand tray’ in Czech Republic for the “Institute of Virginia Satir of Czech Republic” and in Slovakia for “The Virginia Satir Institute of the Slovak Republic.”

  • May 2011 “Satir in the Sand tray” level two. Satir Institute of the Pacific.

  • March 2011 presentation of “Satir in the Sand tray” at International Family Therapy Conference in Netherlands.

  • October 9th and 10th 2010 “Satir in the Sand tray” Satir Institute of the Pacific

  • November 2009 Douglas College-“Play therapy within the Satir Model”

  • August 2009 Presentation to Langley Early Childhood Development Centre on “What is Play therapy?”

  • July 2008 “Satir in the Sand tray” at the Intensive Advanced week to Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counsellors from 13 countries.

  • February 11th 2008-“Satir in the Sand tray”-Satir Interns.

  • October 2007 Requested personally to present “Where Words Can’t Reach-Using the Satir Model in conjunction with Symbolic Play In the School Setting” at The B.C. School Counsellor’s Conference, Vancouver,

  • June 2006 Workshop on “Helping families with a member who has a mental illness”

  • November 2006-2011 Restorative Action Training to Second year mediators and staff- LFAS, Restorative Action Retreat, Chehalis Centre,

  • 2005/2006 Presentations to Psychologists, and Counsellors on specific techniques in Sand Tray therapy at B.C. School Counsellors Conference, B.C. Clinical Counsellors Conference, A.G.M. of B.C. Play therapy Association

  • April 2002-February 2008 “Assessment of Children’s Emotional Health using Play Therapy techniques” Trinity Western University.

  • June 2004 Key Note speaker on Sand tray Therapy-B.C. Play Therapy Association AGM

  • May 2005 Invited to present at Canadian Counsellors Association Conference in Newfoundland. Did not attend

  • Workshops to parent groups on a variety of topics concerning Children and Parenting



Other

Nomination for ‘The Woman of Excellence Award’ 2003

 

Present Memberships

  • Association for Cooperative Counsellors and Therapists

  • British Columbia Play Therapy Association

  • British Columbia Teachers Federation

  • Canadian Counsellors and Psychologists Association

  • Clinical Member of the Satir Institute of the Pacific

  • Member of The International Family Therapy Association

Professional Reference:

Dr John Banmen, R.Psych, RMFT, Professor U.B.C. Retired training Director of the Satir Institute for the Pacific 604-591-9269-teacher/supervisor