Venture Academy utilizes the expert experience of
independent consulting community professionals who work
together with our staff and clients in each of our
locations. All consulting professionals demonstrate a
prominent level of expertise pertaining to struggling
teens in their identified field of practice. Valued
professionals provide hands-on client intervention, case
consultation and program development support. Further
contributing to quality assurasnce and the ethical
delivery of services, all our consulting professionals are
held to highest professional standards by their code of
ethics and standards of conduct and clinical practice. You
can expect high standards and specialized services when
engaging Venture Academy.
Please contact us to find out more about who may be
working with your child. 1-866-762-2211
Our Consulting Psychologists experienced
in assessment of high-needs youth include Psychologists
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of
Victoria and University of Calgary. Some have had clinical
internship at B.C.'s Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill
Health Centre for Children specializing in assessment of
children and adolescents. Another has worked at Sunny Hill
Health Centre for Children specializing in the assessment
and diagnosis of children and youth with fetal alcohol
spectrum disorders and other developmental challenges.
Another one of our consulting psychologists has worked for
years in an adolosecent psychiatric unit and has
tremendous experience in assessing and developing
recommendations for troubled and struggling teens
including teens with an array of clinical diagnoses and
mental health concerns.
Our consulting Psychologists specialize in the assessment
and diagnosis of children and youth with a variety of
developmental and learning challenges and social-emotional
issues.They all specialize in assessment and diagnosis of
children and youth with complex presenting problems
including learning disabilities, attention deficit
hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fetal
alcohol spectrum disorders, and mood/anxiety disorders.
Our consulting psychologists recognizes the importance of
uncovering strengths as well as areas of challenge, and
work carefully with young people and their families to
develop strategies designed to help realize potential and
Full Report and Recomendations
You will recieve a full report with results of
psychological assessment and testing providing you with
answers to many of your questions. These results also help
us as an organization better understand your child.
Critical to getting help for your struggling teen, all
reports come with child specific recomendations which we
then turn into specific interventions along with goals and
plans on how to achieve those goals.
Bios of some of our consulting professionals are below.
Contact us to see who else we have working with us!
Dr. Peter Marshall, Ph. D.
Born in England, Dr. Marshall lived for two years in the
Far and Middle East and moved to Canada in 1973. Today, he
has his own practice, as well as consulting to children's
mental health agencies, family court clinics, and boards
of education. He is the author of four books and speaks
internationally to a wide variety of professional and lay
In the course of his career, Dr. Marshall has been a
consultant psychologist for sexual abuse programs, an
early intervention program for youth gangs, an intensive
family therapy unit, and university student counselling
and teaching effectiveness programs. He has served on the
Board of Directors for divisions of the Elizabeth Fry
Society and the Children's Aid Society. Academically, Dr.
Marshall has lectured for undergraduate and graduate
courses including social and abnormal psychology,
psychometrics, statistics, human growth and development,
behaviour modification, personality, and human sexuality.
Before entering private practice, Dr. Marshall held
positions as an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology and
Psychiatry Departments at Queen's University, a
psychologist in the Kingston General Hospital, and a
clinical consultant to the Frontenac County Board of
Education and Kingston's Prison for Women. He has been
widely published on issues including blended families,
criminal behaviour in children, anxiety and assertiveness
training. He has also been a researcher and educator in
the field of sexual dysfunction.
A regular presenter, workshop leader and keynote speaker,
Dr. Marshall has spoken to both professional and lay
audiences on topics including What's the Matter with Kids
Today? A Perspective on Canadian Youth; Two Jobs - No
Life? Balancing Work and Home; Resilience and Stress
Management; Positive Trends in Education, The Child's
Experience of Spousal Violence; Sexual Exploitation via
the Internet; Parenting Styles; Teenagers and Their
Parents; The Impact of Separation and Divorce on Children;
Sexual Abuse of Children; and Assessment of Learning
Disabilities. A father of five, Dr. Marshall lives with
his wife and family in Barrie, Ontario.
Dr. Warren Helfrich, PhD, RCC
Clinical and Policy Consultant
Dr. Helfrich holds a PhD in Social Work from the
University of Calgary and a Masters of Social Work from
the University of Toronto. Dr. Helfrich is a human
services consultant and trainer focusing on the areas of
clinical supervision, performance measurement, leadership,
program evaluation and human services accreditation. Dr.
Helfrich has more than a decade of clinical and consulting
experience in the human services adolescent treatment
sector working with both public sector and private
organizations. Dr. Helfrich has worked in and managed
numerous adolescent treatment programs, including secure
mental health/criminal justice programs and treatment
foster care programs for struggling teens. Dr. Helfrich is
registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
and works with an international accrediting body as an
accreditation surveyor and trainer. Dr. Helfrich's policy
development experience and clinical expertise contributes
significantly to Venture Academy's quality of service
delivery for struggling teens and their families.