Bio (Robert Bircher)
Robert Bircher is a scholar-practitioner with a lifelong interest in the intersection of law and psychology. His research has focused on factors that influence outcomes in family mediation including the influence of emotional intelligence. He is a retired family lawyer and currently practises as a registered clinical counsellor specializing in couples work and integrated mediation. He has a great passion for teaching and mentorship with a view to effect change in the justice system.
Bircher practised in Victoria for 25 years specializing in family law mediation. He returned to the University of Victoria in midlife to pursue psychology and became a therapist. He was then invited by the Law Society of British Columbia to become the Associate Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program and in that role focused on lawyer mental health. He designed, developed and taught many mental health programs for lawyers. Bircher also practiced as a counsellor and facilitated psychoeducational groups.
He qualified as a family law mediator with the Law Society of British Columbia in 1989 and as a registered clinical counselor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors in 2001. He will complete his Provincial Instructors Diploma from Vancouver Community College in the summer of 2019.
Bircher has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan (1971), a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Saskatchewan (1974) and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria (1996).