Van Vu has been a McMaster University Continuing Education instructor since 2010. She is a member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Van holds an MSW from Wilfred Laurier University specializing in both individual and family counselling. Van has completed post graduate training in addiction and trauma counselling. Van is also trained and have practice experience utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)- for couples, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Trained as a family therapist, Van currently provides therapy in the Hamilton area. Van also worked as an addiction therapist for several years at an addiction agency providing consultation, training, and treatment to individuals and their families. Van’s past clinical work experience also included forensic assessment services, children’s mental health treatment, clinical supervision, and over 10 years of experience working as a Probation Officer in both community and custodial settings.
Van’s unique ability to foster connection and learning extends beyond the therapeutic relationship. She excels in guiding learners through the complex terrain of theoretical approaches and treatment modalities, deftly integrating theory into critical self-reflexive practice. Van has developed and facilitated workshops, groups and staff-in services on various topics. She previously instructed for the MSW program at the University of Windsor and she also taught at Sheridan College.