James Owen Dubé







James Dubé is white, born and raised in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.  He attended Cole Harbour District High School from 1998 - 2001.  He completed Bachelor’s degrees in both Neuroscience (Dalhousie University) and Social Work (University of Victoria).  He also completed a health-focused Master’s programme in Social Work (University of Waterloo).   He completed his undergraduate social work practicum in 2015 as a student of Robert Wright and has been working with him ever since, helping to found and shape The Peoples’ Counselling Clinic.   At the clinic, he has held progressive roles serving as Case Manager, Clinic Manager, and now Executive Director.  He continues to offer direct services there as a clinician/administrator.   


James’ MSW practicum work was completed at Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department at Dartmouth General Hospital.  He has previous front-line experience in addictions and with children and youth in care.  He has participated in mental health and addictions policy development as a member of working groups at the IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Health Authority, and British Columbia Centre on Substance Use. 


James provides leadership at The Peoples' Counselling Clinic in the ManTalk work with male identified victims of sexual violence; with their work to serve people of all genders with sexual behaviour problems; and with the free community-based mental health services they offer.  He helped develop and implement the Hey Men, Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, and Inside Out projects.  He provides supervision to all staff and students at the clinic.  He also speaks and presents publicly on behalf of the clinic in various capacities.  


James has also worked closely with the youth and staff at Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia.  He has been the clinic's point person for a partnership with the Halifax Domestic Violence Court Programme.  He also provided clinical support to Trafficking and Exploitation Services System, a collaboration of various local agencies.  He has provided significant support to the development of programmes and policies related to forensic assessment work that has been conducted at The Peoples’ Counselling Clinic, including Impact of Race and Culture Assessments, Parental Capacity Assessments, immigration hearing assessments, risk of violence assessments and other forensic assessments for Family and Criminal Courts. 


James is an active member of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.  He acts as a mentor in the Candidacy Program, has contributed articles to Connection Magazine, and has been a member of the Clinical Committee since its launch.