Gary Thandi

Gary has over twenty years post-Bachelors and 13 years post-Masters (Social Work) experience which includes probation officer, hospital social worker, qualitative researcher, counsellor and clinical supervisor.

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Gary has over twenty years post-Bachelors and 12 years post-Masters (Social Work) experience which includes settlement worker, victim services worker, probation officer, hospital social worker, qualitative researcher, addictions and family counsellor, program manager, guest lecturer/educator, clinical supervisor, and executive director. He is currently a community consultant/partner in a national study led by the Centre forAddiction and Mental Health on culturally adapted CBT for South Asian populations, has been a community consultant for a study on Acceptance andCommitment Therapy for Asian men, led by SFU and was one of a handful of educators across the province offering free training on Motivational Interviewing online (through the Community Action Initiative). Clinical supervision training includes 2-day in-person training on Clinical Supervision at the Justice Institute with Monica Franz, MA, RCC, online training, journal article reviews highlighting effective clinical supervision practice, and one-day workshop training with Dr. Vikki Reynolds. To date he has supervised students in counselling psychology and social work for eligibility in ACCT, CPCA, CCPA, BCACC and BCASW as well as registered counsellors and social workers in the field, and has over 10-years of supervisory experience, including both individual and group supervision. He currently oversees much of the secondary supervision at Moving Forward.

Gary currently offers occasional secondary direct supervision, for any intern who has a primary Moving Forward supervisor that would provide most of the direct supervision.

We are thrilled to share the outstanding recognition Gary has received for his dedication and service. In the previous year Gary has been honored with the BC Achievement Foundation's Community Award, the BC Crime Prevention-Safer Communities Award, and was chosen as BC's representative for the 2024 Canadian Association of Social Workers’ Distinguished Service Award. These accolades highlight his tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those in our community.

Gary embodies the spirit of inclusivity and compassion, often stating, "nobody will be turned away from services." True to his word, he personally answers every phone call and responds to every message when a new service request comes in.