Ross Laird, PhD
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a clinical consultant focused on trauma, addictions, and social vulnerability. He is a best-selling author, award-winning scholar and educator, and clinical supervisor for British Columbia’s largest government-funded program in addictions and mental health. Ross has taught at more than a dozen post-secondary institutions and has worked with hundreds of organizations in more than 30 years of professional practice. He focuses particularly on traumatized and marginalized client populations — those navigating homelessness, mental illness, and complex trauma — and provides professional development training for organizations that serve them: social service agencies, first responders, cultural groups, nonprofits, and educational institutions.
Ross’ approach is grounded in creative modalities, contemporary research, and cultural knowledge. He is the co-author of Musem Objects, Health and Healing (developed in partnership with the 9/11 Museum and the War Childhood Museum), which proposes a new methodology for cultural institutions to grapple with historic legacies such as national trauma and war. His chapter in the widely-acclaimed Object-Based Learning and Well-Being explores the natural world as a context for curated and cultural experiences of health and healing.
Ross is the founder of the Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the co-founder of KPU’s Amazon Field School, and an advocate for renewal and innovation in post-secondary education. He is a sought-after speaker on themes of adolescent development, adult mentorship, and whole-person learning.
In his teaching, consulting, and mentorship, Ross is continually reminded of the complexity and nuance of human behaviour, the crucial role of cultures and communities, and the surprisingly diverse pathways of health and healing discovered by those who search for them. Please visit rosslaird.com for more information.