Colleen Kamps holds a BA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Child and Youth Care from Centennial College. She has worked with children, youth, families and young adults for over 38 years in children's mental health, child welfare, youth outreach, residential services and private clinical practice. Colleen joined the Child and Youth Care Program at Centennial College part-time in 1989 and became a full-time faculty member in 1997.
She teaches in the full-time program and is the Coordinator of the Child and Youth Worker Apprenticeship Program. Her teaching is focused on trauma, abuse, advanced counselling skills, and crisis theory and intervention. Colleen is a long-standing member of the Child and Youth Care Association of Ontario. She is also an active community member of the Child Abuse Review Committee with the Children's Aid Society. Colleen has provided a wide selection of training in her areas of specialization and consultation to many agencies across Ontario. She is trained in Trauma Assessment and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She is also a trainer in SafeTALK (Suicide Prevention) and a Master Trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). Her training in suicide has primarily been with First Responders (police, fire, paramedics, and corrections) and Aboriginal Communities.